When you go Disney World in Florida, you expect many things. Exciting rides, overpriced food, lots of funny characters, long lines and maybe some memories with friends and loved ones. What you probably don’t expect is a big ol’ bear — a real, wild bear, not an animatronic Country Bear Jamboree — running through the park. But that’s exactly what happened on Monday in the Happiest Place on Earth.
On the morning of September 18th as reported by Weekly entertainment, a bear was spotted in a tree at Disney World. After discovering the unwanted animal intruder, Disney temporarily closed at least ten rides and attractions in the Frontierland, Adventureland and Liberty Square areas. NBC further reported that the rides at Fantasyland and Main Street were also closed later in the day.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told EW that biologists from the FWC’s bear management program and FWC law enforcement officers are working together to capture and relocate the bear. The same officials told the outlet that the wild bear was likely roaming the famous theme park and resort in search of food.
According to the My Disney Experience app, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Magic Carpets of Aladdin and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad were some of the rides closed on September 18 due to the rogue bear.
What happened to the bear?
NBC reported that around 1 p.m. EST, Disney World Reopened areas of Frontierland and Adventureland. About 15 minutes later, FWC officers and officers were seen taking the bear out of the park.
According to FWC, the adult black bear was captured alive and is being transported to an area near the Ocala National Forest.
As highlighted by EWA smaller and less dangerous animal was spotted back in July Disney World. On July 12, a wild squirrel ran onto the Carousel of Progress stage at Epcot Several guests pick up the rodent as he explored the classic attraction. As for the bear, there is no information on whether Disney World will charge her for her day off at the park.