Walt Disney Company: Welcome back the Cranium Commandos back to the Disney family
- The Walt Disney Company
- Walt Disney Company
In recent years, I have been aware of Epcot bearing a wonderful rich history, especially since its 30th anniversary. Epcot has been a unique Disney theme park in its own, especially in its attractions past and present effectively communicating the optimistic aspects of human innovation (such as Horizons presenting visions and hope for the future), as well as some of its character icons (Dreamfinder and Figment) who have nestled their way into the hearts and memory banks of guests past.
On the subject of memory banks, it seems that while most of the characters of Epcot past have been remembered, particularly presented in the public eye, it seems that there is one character that appears to be sadly forgotten, and in need to be acknowledged.
Buzzy is a protagonist, a bumbling inexperienced pilot recruit starring in one of Epcot's well known attractions, Cranium Command (1989 to 2007), formerly in the Wonders of Life pavilion. In the attraction, he was assigned to pilot the brain of a 12 year old boy through a typical day at school, to win the approval of his superior, General Knowledge. While his attraction was praised with its successful blending of an educational message ("Use your head, don't lose your head!" An unforgettable phrase remembered by guests) with an entertaining story and cast (raised a step higher by his celebrity-starring body crew), once the Wonders of Life pavilion closed down, so did some memory of Buzzy and his attraction along with it.
While interest in the attractions of Epcot past has begun to rise, especially with Epcot's recent anniversary being celebrated by guests, and even cast members, it seems there could be room for at least one more to celebrate Epcot's successes. While Figment was successful in merchandising (before Mickey moved in to Epcot), all that Buzzy might need to be welcomed back into the family is that one little spark.
One little spark to welcome him... and the Cranium Commandos... back to the Disney family. Let's have a heart for an Epcot icon who taught us to use our heads, not lose it!
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