“The Most Magical Place on Earth” briefly lost some of its enchantment when an adult female black bear made an unexpected appearance at Disney World, resulting in the temporary closure of several rides. The bear was first spotted on Monday morning, perched in a tree near the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland, as reported by local authorities and Fox 35 in Orlando.
This unusual sighting prompted the closure of popular attractions, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, the Hall of Presidents, the Liberty Square Riverboat, Tom Sawyer Island, Jungle Cruise, and the Walt Disney World Railroad. Additionally, sections of Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Main Street were temporarily off-limits to visitors.
In response to the situation, both the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and local law enforcement were dispatched to the Magic Kingdom. Several hours later, they successfully captured the black bear, ensuring the safety of park guests. Aerial footage from Orlando station WESH documented the bear’s eventual capture.
By 3 p.m., most rides had resumed operation, with the exception of the Walt Disney World Railroad.
However, details regarding where the bear was captured, its size, condition, and how it found its way onto the property remain undisclosed. According to the FWC, the bear was likely in search of food to build up fat reserves for the upcoming winter hibernation period. During the fall, black bears can consume nearly 20,000 calories daily.
“In most cases, it is best for bears to be given space and to move along on their own, but given this situation, staff are working on capturing and relocating the bear,” the FWC stated. The commission announced plans to relocate the bear in or around the Ocala National Forest in Marion County, Florida, approximately 90 minutes north of the Walt Disney World Resort.