Disney’s Polynesian Resort, one of the many hotels on Walt Disney World property in Orlando, Florida, has just been evacuated due to a possible chemical leak.
The Walt Disney World hotel was evacuated early on October 25 and is currently closed to all guests due to a possible chemical exposure as of 11:15 a.m. EST.
Walt Disney World Hotel Evacuated!
According to reports, the Resort hotel is completely closed off, and Guests riding the Walt Disney World Monorail — which is a mode of transportation on property — are not being let off at the hotel. Several emergency vehicles, including ambulances, firetrucks, and more, are in the Polynesian parking lot.
Guests staying at the Resort hotel were evacuated after fire alarms went off. It is unclear if the entire hotel was evacuated, but there are specific areas that are off-limits.
The emergency evacuation and closure are reportedly due to chemical exposure, however, this has not been confirmed by Disney.
Disney’s Polynesian Hotel is currently undergoing construction, so it is possible that could have led to the evacuation, however, again, this has not been confirmed. Disney’s website states, ” As we prepare for the proposed expansion at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, you will see and hear construction at certain times of day. To minimize disruptions during your stay, activities that may create noise will not start earlier than 9:00 AM.”
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Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of the hotels on the Monorail loop, which is in the Magic Kingdom area.
Disney describes the hotel as, “Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this oasis of tropical palms, lush vegetation and so much more. From moonlit nights immersed in the outdoor island ambience to the exotic tastes of our world-class restaurants, discover the signature tropical atmosphere that’s made Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort a favorite Disney destination since 1971.”
Real Bear Shuts Down Magic Kingdom
The Blast previously reported that parts of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World had a delayed opening on Monday, September 18, as a bear reportedly entered the Park and was spotted hanging out in a tree.
Three Magic Kingdom lands had a delayed opening that morning — Adventureland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square. Cast Members were stationed outside of that portion of the theme park, preventing Guests from entering these areas.
The reasoning behind the closure was due to a real bear spotted inside of a tree. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it was aware of a black bear reported to be in a tree at the Orlando resort’s theme park. “In most cases, it is best for bears to be given space and to move along on their own, but given the situation, staff are working on capturing and relocating the bear,” the agency said to NBC News.
Walt Disney World also confirmed in a statement that FWC staff were on site and working to capture the bear.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was able to capture the adult, female bear and they relocated her outside the theme park.