It comes with no surprise that people would try to smuggle weird stuff into Walt Disney World in Florida. I once tried to sneak a Pocket Shot into a music festival, but was sadly caught, and I had to spend a ridiculous amount of money for a cocktail at the beer garden like everybody else.
However, I have never in my life EVER thought I would hear about a woman being denied entry into Disney World for trying to smuggle in her baby Bengal tiger.
That's right people. You saw that correctly. Baby. Bengal. Tiger.
But how could you deny those huge, sad eyes? Admittedly, I have often thought about bringing my chinchilla Marley everywhere, but I know she'd rather sleep all day in her little house, where it's cool and quiet. Plus, she has quite the attitude and hates most people.
An anonymous employee closely involved in the occurrence had this to say:
The woman from Dubai became angry upon hearing she couldn't bring in her pet. It is true that Disney World doesn't specify which kinds of animals are allowed in the park, but service animals are restricted from certain parts of the attractions.
This is what the website states regarding service animals in case you were considering bringing your giraffe there:
“Cast Members are not permitted to take control of service animals. Guests with service animals should follow the same attraction entrance guidelines as Guests who use wheelchairs.
“Due to the nature of some attractions, service animals may not be permitted to ride. At these locations, please ask a Cast Member about available options, including Rider Switch with a member of your party or a portable kennel.”
Finally, a few of the Disney cast members were able to convince the lady to allow animal caretakers from the Central Florida Zoo to "tiger-sit" while she enjoyed a day at the park.
For now, we'll have to accept the fact that there can only really be one tiger at Disney World.