Here’s What the CROWDS Looked Like When Half of Magic Kingdom Was CLOSED

Disney World can be pretty unpredictable at times.

Rainy day on Main Street

Ride closures, transportation troubles, and technological problems can all affect your experience in the parks. It’s a good idea to have a Plan B in case you encounter one of these setbacks, but sometimes the setbacks are a lot more involved than one simple ride closure. Today, in Magic Kingdom, three whole lands were closed due to a bear that had been spotted in the area — just when we thought we had seen everything! So, just what does the park look like when half of it is closed? Come find out.

This morning, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square were all closed — yes, the entire lands — while Disney monitored the situation. That means no access to the rides, restaurants, or shops in these sections. Cast Members were standing by at the entrances to each of these lands to direct guests elsewhere.

Guests waiting outside Adventureland

With so much of Magic Kingdom closed, the rest of the park felt BUSY. Ride wait times soared — Peter Pan’s Flight had a 95-minute wait.

Peter Pan’s Flight

Even “it’s a small world” got up to 40 minutes.

“it’s a small world”

Fortunately, the Festival of Fantasy Parade still happened. It still did its usual route through Frontierland, even though that section of the park was blocked off for guests. It emerged from the closed Liberty Square. However, since there were fewer viewing areas, the parade crowds were intense!


If you wanted to grab a bite to eat, there were fewer options, so those that were open were also packed. In Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe, every seat inside the large dining room was taken when we checked.

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

During these closures, Disney was also not allowing guests to book Lightning Lane selections for the closed areas of the park, so it was harder for some guests to plan out their day.

Cast Members blocking guests from entering the land

So, if you are in the parks when something like this happens, keep in mind that it will probably feel much busier than expected. Hopefully, it will be a long time before a bear is spotted nearby again! As always, stay tuned to DFB for all the latest Disney news.

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