Disney World has made an unexpected decision after a wild bear was found inside Magic Kingdom, forcing three of the park’s themed lands to shut down.
Forget about Bear in the Big Blue House; on Monday, guests and cast members in Florida were dealing with a bear in the big theme park. It was a very interesting morning for cast members and guests at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort on Monday as reports of a wild bear inside the park in guest areas led to the closure and blocking off of three of the park’s six theme lands.
Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Adventureland were closed in an effort to keep guests and cast members safe while park management worked to address the situation and see the bear removed. Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission dispatched members of its team to Magic Kingdom to take measures to subdue, remove, and relocate the wild animal.
As of the time of this post, Disney World has, however, made the decision to reopen the three closed lands to guests at Magic Kingdom, even though the bear is still on Disney property.
“As shared by the FWC, staff are on-site and working on capturing and relocating the bear,” posted Nexstar Media’s Scott Gustin on X, formerly Twitter:
NEW statement from Disney: "We are working with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and have made the decision to reopen Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland."
"As shared by the FWC, staff are on site and working on capturing and relocating the bear." https://t.co/yQAFHEbuaI
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) September 18, 2023
Biologists were reportedly at Magic Kingdom to help capture the bear and relocate her. They are part of the Wildlife Commission’s Bear Management Program.
UPDATE: According to Orlando’s WESH News station, the bear has been captured, thanks to the quick thinking of Disney World cast members and officers and biologists with the Florida Wildlife and Conservation Commission, and it appears that there is no longer any danger to guests and cast members, prompting the reopening of the three themed lands that had originally been closed.