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Move Over Disney Cats! A New Type of Park Wildlife Takes Center Stage

Disney possum
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Earlier this year, Disney fans were fascinated to learn about the Walt Disney Company’s feline Cast Members. One of the most exciting things about the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort is that they serve as a home to packs of wild cats. However, these animals are not living there for free; they have an essential job to do.

Disney cats are responsible for keeping the theme Park’s rodent population down. Rodents can wreak havoc on rides and attractions, so there is a lot of pressure on Disney cats to do their job well.

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Disney cats

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All of this talk about Disney cats has sparked an interest in Guests over the kind of wildlife residents the Parks have. Fans have become obsessed with learning about Disney ducks as well. However, there is another wildlife animal that has Guests feeling less than magical.

Fan Shares Unique Animal Sighting

When people think of Disneyland Resort, they probably imagine fun-filled rides, delicious food, and magical character encounters. However, what they may not know is that the Park is also home to an unexpected group of animals – 0possums.

Disney ducks

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Possum sightings have been reported throughout the Disneyland Resort, with many Guests catching glimpses of the furry creatures scurrying around. And no, we’re not talking about the fictional opossums in Critty Country!

One Guest was enjoying a day over at Tom Sawyer Island when they caught a possum crossing his path. This opened up an interesting dialogue about Disneyland animals and the kind of danger they may potentially bring.

Finally visited Tom Sawyer Island after thirty years of DL, met this little guy.
by u/LABeav in Disneyland

Pest or Pet?

As funny as it may sound, many people think that possums are actually quite adorable. Some fans worry that their presence in the Parks could be a potential danger for unknowing children. While all of the Disney Parks are meticulously maintained, this is still the great outdoors, and Disney cannot banish all wildlife without affecting the ecosystem.

While possums may be cute and fascinating to watch, they are still wild animals and should be treated with caution. Visitors to Disneyland Resort and other Disney Parks should avoid feeding or attempting to interact with possums or any other animals they may encounter.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.