Teddy Roosevelt Loses Pants On EPCOT Attraction

Teddy Roosevelt American Adventure
Credit: Tammy Tuckey Twitter/Disney

It’s not every day that you catch an American President with his pants down, but that is exactly what happened at EPCOT recently. Guests visiting the World Showcase can stop inside the America pavilion and see the American Adventure show. The show is a wonderful telling of American history and includes Audio-Animatronics of some of America’s most famous figures. One of those figures is Theodore Roosevelt, who served as the 26th President of the United States.

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Twitter user Tammy Tuckey was visiting Walt Disney World Resort with her family when they decided to treat themselves to some time at EPCOT. They went into the American pavilion and chose to watch the American Adventure. During the showing, they saw something completely unexpected, Teddy Roosevelt’s belt was broken, and his pants had fallen down. Thankfully, the iconic president was wearing underwear.

American Adventure

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Tammy shared a picture of the hilarious incident on Twitter, where it is quickly gaining traction.

Teddy’s belt broken and his pants are down! Told the team at AA and they’re gonna get him a new belt. #EPCOT

While having a Disney Park attraction malfunction on you may be disappointing in some circumstances, many found this one absolutely hysterical. They were also relieved that President Roosevelt was wearing undergarments, so the Guests weren’t given more of a show than expected.

Teddy Roosevelt was a self-proclaimed naturalist, which Showcase of Wishes thought was funny since the Audio-Animatronic looked like it was ready to go “au naturel.”

Teddy taking that outspoken naturalist pretty seriously!!

Twitter user EPCOT Purist was shocked to hear that Disney actually gave the Audio-Animatronics underwear, but Lost Imagination explained that the theme park Animatronics need oil to run and, if the oil pools, there can be a leak. To prevent noticeable leaks, Disney decided on underwear.

So, wait … he’s been wearing underwear all these years?!

The fluid that runs through the figures is an oil and tends to pool in places if there is a small leak. Better to have the undies in place 🙂

Even though many people found the incident funny, one person, Tillman Goins, said that they had visited EPCOT recently and experienced a number of ride malfunctions at the theme park.

When was this and where in Epcot? Spaceship earth broke down twice while I was on it. And then three Caballeros ride broke down at the end where the tree animatronics are

In her original tweet, as well as follow-up tweets, Tammy said that she had let Cast Members know about the issue, so they could try to fix it. According to Tammy, Cast Members found the incident funny and said that they would be contacting maintenance. Hopefully, Teddy is given a new belt that keeps his pants up and his underwear hidden!

Rotunda at The American Adventure

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Haven’t had the chance to experience the American Adventure? Here is more information on the classic attraction from Disney:

In this dramatic production featuring 35 Audio-Animatronics figures, digital rear-projection images on a 72-foot screen and stirring patriotic songs, you’ll watch firsthand as America’s story unfolds.

Take your seat in a stately Colonial theater and meet Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain—your guides on this trip through time.

Witness landmark events like landing of the Mayflower, the Boston Tea Party, the winter at Valley Forge, the penning of the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War and the Great Depression.

You’ll even encounter luminaries like Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Jefferson, Chief Joseph and Teddy Roosevelt, among others.

Have you ever experienced a funny malfunction while visiting Walt Disney World?

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!