Female Cast Member Escapes Attempted Kidnapping in EPCOT Parking Lot

Katie Francis

Female Cast Member Escapes Attempted Kidnapping in EPCOT Parking Lot

Katie Francis

Female Cast Member Escapes Attempted Kidnapping in EPCOT Parking Lot

“It’s OK. Just come to me, princess.” Those were the chilling words said by a strange man to an EPCOT Cast Member in an attempted kidnapping after he grabbed her at the end of her shift last month, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s report released this week.

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Authorities did not find the man to arrest him when the woman reported it to law enforcement the following morning. The woman did not appear to be injured and declined medical treatment.

The attempted kidnapping occurred on the night of July 3, 2023.

The sheriff’s report is heavily redacted and does not give the woman’s name or her age.

The attempted kidnapping took place in the Cast parking lot near Overpass Road and Backstage Lane — which is located off EPCOT Center Drive and across from Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

Here’s how the scary situation unfolded:

“As (the woman) made her way towards an area of the parking lot that is separated by a drainage ditch, she observed a white/hispanic male lean out the driver’s side window of his car. The white/hispanic male then grabbed around her waist with both of his arms and pulled her towards his driver’s side window,” the report said. “She began to scream loudly, she elbowed the white hispanic male in the head until he let go of her then she ran away.”

When the man released her, that’s when he said, “It’s OK. Just come to me, princess,” the woman reported.

He sped off toward the north side exit of the parking lot, and the woman ran to her car.

Terrified, the woman called her mother. Her mother urged her to report what happened, the sheriff’s report said.

The woman contacted Disney Security and then later spoke with the sheriff’s office the following morning on July 4.

She described the man as bald and possibly in his 40s or 50s. He drove a dark sedan, but she did not see the license plate.

“At this time, I am unable to locate or identify a suspect,” the sheriff’s deputy wrote in the report. “According to (the woman), a white/hispanic male did knowingly and intentionally grab around her waist, without her permission, and forcibly attempted to pull her into his vehicle. This case is pending further investigative leads.”

If the man was found, the woman said she wanted to press criminal charges.

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