Many of Disney’s most recent theme park developments have revolved on the Marvel universe, including the recently built Avengers Campus area at Disneyland. The park has a ride where you can sling webs alongside Spider-Man as well as consume absurdly enormous Ant-Man-inspired cuisine. So, what’s the next step?
What about realistic robots based on beloved Marvel characters?
A recent New York Times story outlines the company’s efforts to modernize its renowned audio-animatronics, which have been a fixture of Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions for decades. A rigid replica of the Little Mermaid that repeats a handful of moves, on the other hand, isn’t going to make it in an increasingly technologically aware society. Guests anticipate being wowed with fresh ideas and creations. As a result, Disney Imagineers are currently working on considerably more complex robots, such as a “walking, talking, emoting Groot” from Guardians of the Galaxy.
The New York Times story contains images and GIFs of Disney’s robo-Groot (also known as “Project Kiwi”). Watch the video below to see the technology in action.
Disney is correct about the importance of technological advancement. Older fans will miss the animatronics on Peter Pan’s Flight and the Haunted Mansion, but 50-year-old technology will not be enough for newer viewers. That being said, if Disney ever announces locations for a Westworld park where you can shoot robots, I’m out. That is where I draw the line for myself.
Sid Philips is a father of two and a loving husband. He currently resides in Pennsylvania and has been a fan of Disney since his parents took him there in 1980! Sid has visited multiple Disney parks around the world and loves each one!
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