A bear spotted at Disney World is demanding that parts of the Magic Kingdom be closed

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A 2022 archive photo of the famous Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, where a bear sighting prompted the closure of parts of the park on Monday.


The bear that prompted the partial closure of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World was captured Monday without incident and is being relocated, according to a news release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

“In most cases, it is best to give bears space and move on their own, but in light of this situation, staff captured the animal and moved the bear out of the park to an area in or around the Ocala National Park,” the FWC said.

The animal was an adult female, the FWC added.

Nearly a dozen attractions were closed Monday as authorities tried to locate the bear at Magic Kingdom, according to the My Disney Experience app.

11:17 AM EST Attractions Swiss Family Treehouse, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Jungle Cruise, Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, Country Bear Jamboree, Tom Sawyer Island, Walt Disney World Railroad, Liberty Square Riverboat, Hall of Presidents. The Haunted Mansion has been closed to the public, according to an official screenshot of the app shared with CNN by Craig Williams, an executive producer on wdwinfo.com.


Aerial footage shows FWC staff at the scene removing the bear.

It was not clear whether or how many closures were related to the bear sighting. CNN has reached out to Disney for more details on specific closures but has not received any response yet.

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“We are working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and have made the decision to reopen Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park,” Disney said in a previous statement.

Aerial photos taken by CNN affiliate WESH show the bear was captured in a wooded area near the Magic Kingdom’s “It’s a Small World” ride. The video shows a team carrying the bear away from the area in a tarp.

There are three other main parks at the resort: EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

Sean Nottingham, Carlos Suarez, Melissa Alonso and Kate Conerly contributed to this report.

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