On Monday, a guest tried to enter the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World with her pet, but was denied entry. While trained service animals are allowed entry, the woman could not bring in her pet because it was a baby Bengal Tiger.
Upon first being told that the baby tiger was not allowed in Magic Kingdom, the female guest, who is said to have been visiting from Dubai [what a surprise!], became extremely angry. She insisted on speaking with Disney Guest Relations.
After a bit of arguing, the Central Florida Zoo was called to retrieve the baby Bengal tiger until the end of the woman’s vacation. According to a source close to the situation who needed to remain anonymous, the woman became extremely irate and actually started claiming that Disney was making up the “no tigers allowed” rule on the spot.
After reassuring her that the animal would be well treated and taken care of during her time in Walt Disney World, the woman agreed to let the animal caretakers from the Central Florida Zoo care for it.
Disney would not officially comment on the situation when reached this evening, but a number of Cast Members at Magic Kingdom and in WDW Guest Relations have confirmed that the strange event took place on Monday.
Per the Walt Disney World website, service animals are allowed in the park as long as they are on a leash and always in the control of the guest. Cast Members are not allowed to take control of the animals at any time, i.e., while a guest is riding on Splash Mountain.
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