Most of the rumors we talk about here center around possible rides and attractions that may come to Walt Disney World. This is an entirely different and strange story.
Rumors have suggested that Buzzy, an old animatronic found at the closed Cranium Command attraction in Epcot’s Wonders of Life pavilion, has been stolen. Reports have surfaced on Twitter that the figure and the chair he sat on have been cut out and taken from the location.
Cranium Command closed to guests back in 2007. Theoretically, Disney would have removed any valuables or pieces they wanted to archive around that time. However, photos from 2018 surfaced (including the one above) that showed Buzzy still sitting in place inside the empty theater. A “do not destroy” tag could be seen on the animatronic.
The logistics to remove an animatronic that is believed to have weighed in the neighborhood of 300 pounds is astounding. If this story is true, how did someone get this past the watchful eye of Disney’s security cameras? How did no one notice someone wheeling out an animatronic? There are far more questions than answers.
Find this story hard to believe? We do too, but there’s some interesting evidence suggesting it might be true. The Back Door Disney Twitter account, an account that leaked several backstage photos and videos over the past several months, was reportedly arrested and questioned about the missing Buzzy. He claimed to have seen police photos showing the scene where Buzzy was stolen, but whether or not you believe that claim depends on your thoughts about an account that was created purely to leak photos.
Other Disney insiders have discussed this story, lending some credibility to the fact it actually took place.
There is an active collectors market for old Disney memorabilia. It’s possible someone with some insider knowledge chose to take a piece of Disney history for themselves, or for someone who was willing to pay. Either way, we doubt Buzzy will just pop up on an auction site should this story prove to be true.
This is truly bizarre. If true, we hope that Buzzy is safely returned and that Disney takes the time to review their security procedures to find out how this kind of incident could happen.