What a wild morning at Disney World today. Literally. NBC News reports that parts of Disney World were shut down today after a bear was spotted in a tree at Magic Kingdom. They think the bear was just looking for food ahead of hibernation season.
Tweets from guests at the parks say that some parts of Magic Kingdom were open, like Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Main Street USA. Video posted shows Disney cast members on PA systems telling guests to keep an eye on the Disney mobile apps to find out when all areas will reopen.
Reporter Ashley Carter tweeted that Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has confirmed that biologists with its Bear Management Program. She said that areas near Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and Big Thunder Mountain are still closed.
The jokes are already coming from Disney fans. @GoAwayGreen on Twitter said, “My understanding is the real problem with the bear in the Magic Kingdom was that he started his day in Epcot and was not supposed to park hop until 1 p.m.” And no it wasn’t Fozzy Bear. That joke’s popped up a few times too. [Source: NBC News]
Celebrities Visit Walt Disney World
Tom Brady visits Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge inside Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on April 5, 2021.
Tom's a longtime Disney fan. Here's a photo of then New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (L) gives a thumbs up as he prepares for launch with Steve Loerke, a high school friend of Brady's from San Francisco, aboard Mission: SPACE, the newest thrill ride at Walt Disney World February 2, 2004.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler celebrates his birthday alongside family and friends at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort March 26, 2016.
Taking a day off from "The Office," Steve Carell poses with Minnie Mouse at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival on March 28, 2015.
ESPN college football analyst and former University of Florida football coach, Urban Meyer, "Albert" The University of Florida mascot and Denver Broncos Quarterback and former University of Florida Quarterback, Tim Tebow attend "ESPN The Weekend" on March 05, 2011 at Disney's Hollywood Studios Park.
Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio from the hit MTV series "Jersey Shore," "fist pumps" with Goofy in the Magic Kingdom on October 22, 2010.
Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World Resort on August 8, 2019 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Nick Jonas (L), Joe (C) Jonas and Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers pose with Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse before the Disney Channel Games 2007 All-Star party at the Epcot Adventure Pavilion in Epcot Center on April 26, 2007 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Brendan Fraser, star of films "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns," poses with a "step-mummy," aka The Wicked Stepmother from "Cinderella," at the Magic Kingdom on August 8, 2010.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosts and performs in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade television special at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on December 07, 2013.
Mario Lopez poses with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse while taping a segment of the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" TV special at the Magic Kingdom park on December 3, 2011.
Celine Dion performs "O' Come All Ye Faithful" at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa hotel December 4, 2009.
Drew Carey, host of "The Price is Right," poses with Mickey Mouse at a kickoff celebration for the "2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios January 11, 2013.
John Stamos poses with Nurse Minnie Mouse in the Magic Kingdom October 9, 2007 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Reminiscent of his "Goatboy" skit on "Saturday Night Live" comedian Jim Breuer meets a real goat on December 28, 2005 at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Matthew McConaughey visits the Magic Kingdom Park on December 18, 2017.
Drew Barrymore strikes a pose with Minnie Mouse while vacationing with family at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World Resort on January 25, 2020.
Uma Thurman poses with Minnie Mouse during a visit to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort on June 7, 2007.
Luke Bryan poses with cowboy Goofy in front of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom on February 20, 2015.
HGTVs The Property Brothers, Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott, ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rollercoaster during a visit to the Magic Kingdom Park inside Walt Disney World on July 26, 2016.
Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun takes flight aboard the Astro Orbiter on February 27, 2017.
Newly crowned "American Idol" Scotty McCreery takes a ride with Mickey Mouse through Disney's Hollywood Studios on May 30, 2011. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan and their grandson, Sasha, enjoy Slinky Dog Dash coaster while previewing Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
Actor Scott Foley from ABC's 'Scandal,' wife Marika Dominczyk (back left) and children, Malina, age six, and Keller, age four, enjoy a plunge down Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park October 4, 2016.
Actor Jason Marsden, who voiced the cat Thackery Binx in Disney's "Hocus Pocus," visits the infamous Sanderson Sisters Thursday, September 7, 2017, after their live performance at Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
"The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart poses Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
William Baldwin and his wife, singer Chynna Phillips, pose with Minnie Mouse in Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort on October 15,2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Chynna Phillips, the lead singer of the musical trio Wilson Phillips, was performing at the theme park.
Tennis star Andy Roddick, entertainer Sir Elton John, tennis legend Billie Jean King and women's tennis champ Venus Williams pose with Mickey Mouse before an exhibition tennis match at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort November 17, 2013.
English-Irish boy band The Wanted poses with Minnie Mouse while taking a break from taping the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade TV special December 6, 2013.
Actors Garrett Clayton, Grace Phipps and Ross Lynch, from the new Disney Channel film 'Teen Beach 2,' join fellow Disney Channel stars as the Grand Marshals for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on May 22, 2015.
Bradley Steven Perry, Jake Short, Sofia Carson, Dove Cameron, Laura Marano, Calum Worthy, Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton, Skai Jackson , Peyton List, Karan Brar pose during the 24-hour kick off to the 'Coolest Summer Ever' in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on May 22, 2015.
Michael J. Fox (3rd from left) and ABC News' chief anchor/"Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos (3rd from right) pose with their families and Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort on October 11, 2014.
Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry, Second Row, Neil Perry of The Band Perry take a ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park March 12, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The band visited Walt Disney World Resort during a break from their tour.
Actress and model Kate Upton and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander are all smiles during a safari adventure on Wild Africa Trek February 3, 2015 at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Singer Ariana Grande gives Mickey Mouse a kiss in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom June 24, 2014.
Brian Willett (L) and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic rock and roll down Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom on July 25, 2015.
Andy Grammer performs during the taping of the 'Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration' TV special in Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort November 12, 2015.
Seal poses with Santa Goofy during a break from taping the 'Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration' TV special in Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort November 11, 2015.
Christina Aguilera poses with Mickey Mouse at the Disney-MGM Studios on May 3, 2007 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It was a "homecoming" for Aguilera, who taped the Disney Channel's "The New Mickey Mouse Club" series at the Disney-MGM Studios as a child star in the early 1990s.
Susan Lucci of All My Children waves to fans in the motorcade during ABC's Super Soap Weekend at Walt Disney World's MGM Studios November 9, 2003.
Singer and actor Nick Lachey (C) performs in camera with audition's participants during the Disney's High School Musical Get in the Picture Session Casting at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex on May 07 2008 in Kissimmee, Florida.
Katy Perry (L) and actress Hayden Panettiere (R) pose with Minnie Mouse on April 25, 2009,
Nick Cannon takes a break from taping a segment for the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" at Magic Kingdom on December 3, 2009.
The Jonas Brothers (L-R) Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas pose with Mickey and Minnie Mouse on while taking a break from taping the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" at Magic Kingdom December 4, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Tracy Morgan, fiancee Megan Wollover and daughter Maven Morgan, 2, take flight July 2, 2015 on Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom.
Taylor York, Zac Farro, Josh Farro, Jeremy Davis and Hayley Williams (being held) of the band Paramore pose at the Magic Kingdom on April 24, 2010.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas pose with their children, Dylan (left), age 10, and Carys (right), age 7, along with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in front of the Epcot theme park Christmas tree on November 24, 2010 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on November 18. Epcot is one of four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Serena Williams poses with Rey and Vi Moradi during a visit to Star Wars: Galaxys Edge at Walt Disney World Resort on September 26, 2019.
Super Bowl XLV Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse, following the Green Bay Packers' 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers February 6, 2011, at Walt Disney World Resort February 7, 2011.
"Live! with Kelly and Michael" co-host Michael Strahan meets up with Chip and Dale at Disney's Animal Kingdom park Augest 18, 2015.
The Hilton family, (L-R) Conrad, Nicky, parents Kathy and Rick, Paris and Barron pose with Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World Resort on February 19, 2005.
Joe Don Rooney (R), guitarist/vocalist of the country music trio Rascal Flatts, joins (L-R) his wife Tiffany, son Jagger (age 4) and daughter Rocky (21 months) at the new "Cars"-inspired area of Disney's Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World Resort on June 20, 2012.
Brett Favre, who recently announced his retirement, lounges with Goofy on February 28, 2009 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Favre, who holds multiple NFL records including most passing yards in a career, is at Walt Disney World this weekend for "ESPN The Weekend," a sports-themed fan event held at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
Actors Seth Green (left) and Jaime King (right) don costumes Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
With the stern and determined look of a Jedi Knight, "Star Wars" creator and filmmaker George Lucas poses with a group of "Star Wars"-inspired Disney characters Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
American Idol Winner Kris Allen rides with Mickey Mouse in a parade through Walt Disney World on May 29, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.
Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco rides with Mickey Mouse in a parade through the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort February 4, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Flacco led his Baltimore Ravens to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers last night in New Orleans. After the game, Flacco starred in a commercial where he proclaimed "I'm Going to Disney World!"
Actress, comedian, writer and producer Tina Fey braves Expedition Everest roller coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort on March 24, 2017.
National League Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals poses with Mickey Mouse at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex March 4, 2013 at Walt Disney World.
Lance Bass (R) and husband Michael Turchin take a teacup for a colorful spin at the Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., June, 13, 2018. Both donned festive gear, including personalized Mickey Mouse ears and iconic gloves.
"American Idol" champion Kelly Clarkson poses with Princess Belle (R) and Beast (L) from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" on February 19, 2012 in the Rose Garden area of the Magic Kingdom.
Tennis legend Roger Federer poses with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the Magic Kingdom park March 17, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Swiss-born Federer holds the men's world record for most Grand Slam tournaments won, 17, and has spent 302 weeks as the world's number-one ranked male tennis player.
Super Bowl XLVI MVP and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse on February 6, 2012 at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The celebration at the theme park took place only one day after Manning led his team to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
Actress Nicole Kidman poses with Mickey Mouse in Magic Kingdom Park during a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort on February 20, 2017.
Justin Bieber performs a medley of songs from his new holiday album while taping a performance segment for the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" TV special at the Magic Kingdom park on December 3, 2011.
Katy Perry poses with Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on July 4, 2014.
Ty Treadway (R) of "One Life to Live" talks on a fan's cell phone during an autograph session at ABC's Super Soap Weekend at Disney's MGM Studios November 9, 2002.
Elizabeth McGovern of "Downton Abbey" poses with Goofy and Disney employees at Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion to recreate the "Downton Abbey" cast photo at Walt Disney World Resort on December 29, 2013.
Country music singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Aikins spend time with daughters Willa Gray and Ada James in Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla during the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.