Guest Leaves EPCOT After Magical Day, Finds Their Car Smashed In Parking Lot

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For just a few more weeks, Walt Disney World Resort will be hosting its annual EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. In addition to the Global Marketplace that allows Guests to taste food from dozens of countries around the World Showcase, there are fun activities for the whole family. Guests can enjoy Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit, Emile’s Fromage Montage, and the Eat to the Beat Concert Series — which is held at the American Gardens Pavilion.


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Visiting Walt Disney World and EPCOT during the Food & Wine Festival is almost always a great decision. However, one family recently had a memorable Disney experience, but in a terrible way. According to Redditor u/nothingbetter85, their family left the Disney Park after attending the Hanson show at the Eat to the Beat concert series. When they got out to the parking lot, they found the front of their car smashed to bits. The driver at fault had left the scene, leaving behind destruction, $100, and a note that simply said “Sorry”.

Got out of Hanson at Eat to the Beat and found this in the parking lot with a note saying sorry and $100 but no information to help file a claim. from disneyparks

Many commenters were shocked by what they saw and encouraged the poster to file a report and, in a follow-up comment, the Original Poster said that they had indeed filed a report with the Florida Highway Patrol. However, they were informed that it would be tough for the FHP because there was no one in the car when the accident occurred, plus the accident happened on private property — since it happened in the EPCOT lot.

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The Original Poster also said that Disney said that the theme park does have security cameras that may have caught something, but in order for the OP to be able to see what they had, the police had to pull the footage for their investigation. The OP said that he didn’t feel too confident that would happen, as the police didn’t seem too interested in fully investigating.

They confirmed there are cameras that likely caught something but that we’d need to have an investigation pull that. FHP doesn’t seem to be doing much so we’ll see if Disney does more.


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The Guest said that they are hoping either Disney or FHP does more about the careless driving because, if not, the OP will be out the money if they can’t give their insurance company some type of confirmation on what happened.

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