Troubles have arisen at the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Magic Kingdom, thanks to a colony of live bats that have taken up residence within the ride’s confines. Over the past few weeks, these winged creatures have caused disruptions, resulting in intermittent closures lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours. Although bats are not uncommon in Adventureland, where Pirates of the Caribbean is located, their recent behavior has escalated the situation to a more problematic level.
Evidence of the bat predicament is apparent, with ropes cordoning off sections of the breezeway adjacent to Pirates of the Caribbean. The Crystal Arts kiosk in the affected area has also been unable to operate due to the ongoing bat issue.
According to WDW NEWS TODAY, bats’ activities go beyond simple roosting. Reports have emerged of these flying mammals swooping down close to both guests and Cast Members inside the attraction. There have even been instances of dead bats falling in front of visitors. Each time such an incident occurs, the ride must be temporarily closed for safety reasons, resulting in notable periods of downtime.
There’s dozen of real, live bats flying around and under the Adventureland/Frontierland breezeway pic.twitter.com/qRnl3w9JXj
— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) September 20, 2022
This surge in bat activity can be attributed to their natural behavior. Bats are most active during this time of the year, coinciding with their mating and baby-rearing season in the summer. These activities often disrupt normal routines and can lead to unexpected interactions.
It’s worth noting that bats are a protected species in Florida, and harming or killing them is strictly prohibited. The process of removing them requires approval from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. However, removing bats becomes more complex when there are baby bats involved. The maternity season for bats officially ended on August 14, potentially granting Disney the opportunity to obtain a permit for the safe removal of the bats.
Interestingly, in recent years, live actors have participated in Pirates of the Caribbean during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Curiously, this year, these pirate performers have been observed wandering around Adventureland instead. This alteration in their usual role might be attributed to the presence of bats within the ride. Adding to the immersive Halloween experience, the Rusty Cutlass pirate band is also scheduled to entertain guests during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
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