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?

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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.

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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.

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