UPDATED: Disney fans take to social media after animatronic is stolen from Epcot

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Updated 12/27/18:

According to an incident report released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, several pieces of Buzzy’s clothing were stolen, but there’s no indication that Buzzy himself is missing.

The report was shared by John Gregory of Orlando Rising and states that sometime between August 1 and August 8, 2018, an unknown subject entered the backstage area of Wonders of Life. That person took Buzzy’s bomber jacket, cap, and rubber molded hands, but there is no report indicating the full Buzzy animatronic was stolen. The OCSO report is pictured below, with personal information blurred out.

There’s still speculation online that the clothing theft was a separate, earlier incident, with the theft of the full Buzzy animatronic allegedly happening more recently. However, Gregory disputes that theory.

Original Story 12/22/18:

Hundreds of Disney fans have taken social media by storm after a Twitter user posted yesterday that an animatronic character was allegedly stolen from Epcot in Walt Disney World.

Twitter user DreamfinderGuy broke the news on Friday, sharing that Buzzy, the animatronic character originally found in Epcot’s Cranium Command attraction in the Wonders of Life pavilion, was allegedly stolen.

Cranium Command was an attraction that humorously showcased the importance of the human brain, with Buzzy being the attraction’s star animatronic. The attraction ran from 1989 until it was closed in 2007, and it has remained in the Wonders of Life pavilion ever since. The Wonders of Life pavilion in Epcot has been closed for some time now, with the space only being used seasonally as a festival center during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.

Neither Disney nor the Orange County Police Department have confirmed or denied the alleged theft of the animatronic, although hundreds of fans seem to be trusting DreamfinderGuy’s Tweet. While we are still unsure of the whereabouts of Buzzy (as well as how much time has passed since the animatronic’s alleged theft), it can be said that if Buzzy was stolen, the person who stole the animatronic likely knew how to access it.

Though Buzzy’s former attraction has been closed for over a decade, the alleged theft of Buzzy has shaken up Disney fans. Several fans of Buzzy and the Cranium Command attraction, as well as the extinct Wonders of Life pavilion, have taken to Twitter to share their opinions of the situation. Some Disney enthusiasts have blamed Walt Disney World for not archiving the animatronic sooner, while others are urging their followers and members of the Disney Twitter community to find Buzzy, even starting a hashtag: #FindBuzzy.

 

If you know any information about the status of Buzzy, please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

We will continue to update this article with more information as the story develops.

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