A sighting of a black bear in a tree at Disney World leads to the closure of the Magic Kingdom

A black bear sighting at Disney World in Florida led to parts of the “happiest place on earth” being closed Monday, the theme park said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it is aware of a black bear reportedly in a tree at the Orlando resort’s Magic Kingdom.

“In most cases, it is best for bears to be given space and to move around on their own, but given the situation, staff are working to capture and relocate the bear,” the agency told NBC News.

The bear was likely looking for food before hibernation, the FWC said.

Walt Disney World confirmed in a statement that FWC employees were on scene and working to capture the bear.

The My Disney Experience app showed long wait times during the bear sighting on Monday afternoon.

Attractions temporarily closed at the Magic Kingdom included Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square Riverboat, A Pirate’s Adventure, Tom Sawyer Island, Walt Disney World Railroad including Fantasyland, Frontierland and Main Street.

But on Monday afternoon, Walt Disney World announced that Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park would reopen as the search for the bear continues.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Brian Ashcraft

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