A rather unexpected and unusual event unfolded at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom when a black bear was discovered stuck in a tree. This peculiar incident prompted the temporary closure of several attractions, rides, and sections within the renowned theme park.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) quickly became aware of the situation and swiftly mobilized its resources. Biologists from FWC’s bear management program, accompanied by law enforcement officers, were dispatched to the Florida theme park. FWC issued a statement acknowledging the presence of the black bear on Walt Disney World property at the Magic Kingdom and emphasizing their proactive approach to the situation.
Typically, it’s advisable to give bears space and allow them to move along on their own. However, this particular scenario prompted park staff to take action to capture and relocate the bear safely. The details of how the bear ended up on Disney’s property, its precise location within Magic Kingdom, and its overall condition remain shrouded in mystery.
Initially, the closure affected various areas on the west side of the park, including Disney’s Adventureland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square. This sudden closure of multiple attractions and sections was quite unusual, especially considering it occurred shortly after the park’s opening for the day.
Walt Disney World later issued a statement, acknowledging their collaboration with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and announcing the reopening of Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. The decision to reopen these sections came following the coordination with FWC, marking a positive turn of events in the midst of this intriguing incident.
It’s worth noting that while it’s not uncommon for individual attractions or rides to temporarily close during the day for various reasons, this incident was unique in its scope and timing.
This occurrence serves as a reminder of the behavior of black bears as fall approaches. During this season, these creatures become more active and engage in increased food consumption to build up their fat stores for the winter. Adult bears require a substantial daily intake of nearly 20,000 calories during the fall. To satisfy their voracious appetites, they may become opportunistic and seek easily accessible food sources, including bird feeders, unsecured trash cans, or outdoor pet food.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encouraged residents and visitors to take steps to secure potential food sources that could attract bears to populated areas. By doing so, conflicts between humans and bears can be minimized, allowing these magnificent creatures to continue their natural behavior without undue disruption.