Disney Character Attacked by Alligator in Florida

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Mickey Mouse poses inside EPCOT's Pixar Short Film Festival Building, his new meet & greet location.

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Mickey Mouse left The Most Magical Place on Earth this week… and ended up in the belly of a hungry Florida alligator!

After losing the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Universal Pictures, Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks co-created the iconic Mickey Mouse in 1928. For the last 100 years, the cheery rodent has served as The Walt Disney Company mascot. Mickey’s world later expanded with more hand-drawn characters like Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Chip’ n’ Dale.

Mickey Mouse looking scared
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It’s nearly impossible to go a day without seeing Mickey Mouse. He might be on someone’s shirt at the mall, a box of Goldfish at the grocery store, or a blanket you snuggle up with on the couch. At Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and international Disney Parks, guests of all ages often find themselves emotional when meeting Mickey and other characters interwoven with our everyday lives.

This week, TikToker @brerknoll recognized the iconic black, white, red, and yellow colors that make up Mickey Mouse in an unexpected place: an alligator’s mouth. He shared a video of the small reptile chewing on a Mickey Mouse plush toy on the edge of a swampy pond in Celebration, Florida:

@brerknoll

OH NO!! Let him go Mr. Gator! #disney #disney100 #disneyworld #mickeymouse #brerknoll #fyp #disneyflorida #alligator

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“OH NO!! Let him go Mr. Gator!” the social media user wrote.

Ironically, The Walt Disney Company meticulously designed Celebration during the development of Walt Disney World Resort. Initially intended to house thousands of Disney cast members, the community is well-known for its walkable shopping and dining district. Apparently, the alligator isn’t happy with Disney’s work!

The video amassed thousands of views, with hundreds of comments joking about Mickey Mouse’s unfortunate luck.

Mickey Mouse in front of the pool at Typhoon Lagoon
Credit: Disney

“That mystery mouse-ka-tool didn’t help much this week,” said @rileydriven, referencing Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, a Disney Junior show.

“My man’s tired of paying those Disney prices,” @thefloridiantourist wrote.

“All the Disney adults crying right now,” @simply.hillary quipped.

For those concerned about the alligator’s health, it seems like the reptile didn’t ingest the Mickey Mouse toy. According to the witness, animal control later came to keep the animal safe.

Alligator Loki soaking in a kiddie pool
Credit: Marvel Studios

“He was playing with it- also had animal control called to help get rid of the toy,” the TikToker replied to a worried commenter.

Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident. It follows an infamous fatal alligator attack at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in 2016. Lane Graves, 2, was killed by a gator while wading in the Seven Seas Lagoon.

No-swimming and alligator warning signs were erected throughout Walt Disney World Resort following the tragedy, and a memorial statue now honors the two-year-old’s memory.

Have you ever seen an alligator at Walt Disney World Resort? Share your experience with Inside the Magic in the comments.

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