Long waits at Magic Kingdom as half of the park remains closed due to a black bear in Frontierland

Sep 18, 2023 in "Magic Kingdom"

Posted: Monday September 18, 2023 11:50am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Guests at Magic Kingdom are experiencing lengthy wait times today as half of the park is closed due to a black bear occupying a tree in Frontierland.

With three lands and several headline rides closed, including Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain, and Haunted Mansion, guests are left with visiting rides in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.

Magic Kingdom wait times as of 11:45am are:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - 120 minutes
  • Peter Pan's Flight - 110 minutes
  • Space Mountain - 100 minutes
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin - 85 minutes
  • Meet Mickey Mouse - 65 minutes
  • Astro Orbiter - 60 minutes
  • PeopleMover - 45 minutes

Entertainment is also likely to be impacted as Magic Kingdom's parade route travels through Frontierland.

The latest report from sources within the park says that Disney is waiting on a team from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to assist with relocating the bear. Disney has not made any official comment on the situation, and it remains unclear how long the ride closures will continue.

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Jambo DadOct 25, 2023

The rumor that it as actually Chapek in a fuzzy sweater has been denied.

SingleRiderOct 24, 2023

I didn’t realize it either. After you posted that it took me a minute to get my bear-ings on how long it had been.

Vinnie MacOct 23, 2023

Holy cow this was already a month ago??? 😭

DobergeOct 23, 2023

My favorite part is the mention of Disney cast members stationed at end of rail road tracks and armed with air horns, paintball guns, and *slingshots.* 😄

DCBakerOct 23, 2023

WKMG News 6 has obtained video of state wildlife officials trying to capture the black bear at Magic Kingdom.

DrdcmSep 21, 2023

This made me spit out my coffee. Good job!

zbaby2Sep 21, 2023

Disney should leave Florida and relocate to Puerto Rico. A good place to run their cruise operation from.

LAKid53Sep 20, 2023

Like these hideous things?

LAKid53Sep 20, 2023

Or the French fries guests constantly feed the ducks.

Smiley/OCDSep 20, 2023

So was the bear…

Smiley/OCDSep 20, 2023

ALLIGATOR SPOTTED IN NEW JERSEY PARK FINALLY CAPTURED AFTER MORE THAN A WEEK By Eyewitness News Friday, September 8, 2023 A concerned citizen called the police Thursday night to report that they spotted an alligator in the roadway near Second Avenue in Piscataway. Darla Miles has the story. PISCATAWAY, New Jersey (WABC) -- An alligator that caused a New Jersey park to close last week has been captured. A concerned citizen called the police Thursday night to report that they spotted an alligator in the roadway near Second Avenue in Piscataway. When authorities responded, Piscataway Patrol Officer Ian Paglia put a leash around the 4-foot-long gator's neck. "The officers were able to kind of surround and corral it, one officer was able to put his foot on top of the head of the alligator to keep its mouth from opening," said Deputy Chief Michelle Pilch. "They used a dog snare that we have here, wrapped it around the alligator's neck." Like all captured fugitives, the gator was placed in the back seat of the patrol car and taken to the station house and placed behind bars. It was eventually relocated to the Cape May County Zoo. The Middlesex Borough Police Department first received a report of a small alligator seen at Victor Crowell Park last Wednesday afternoon.

Smiley/OCDSep 20, 2023

He meant the crocs that get lost on property…

celluloidSep 20, 2023

This bear, has no friends.

Smiley/OCDSep 20, 2023

And as long as he’s fed, doesn’t have a B mode…