Category Archives: Disney

Disney Autonomous Animatronics

Robots – I have always liked the animatronics that Disney has placed in their parks. Now they are headed in a new direction with some new self-contained, autonomous animatronic characters – the Vyloo. I read about these today in the article “Disney has begun populating its parks with autonomous, personality-driven robots“.

These creatures have embedded cameras and sensors as well as the control electronics to make them come to life. These little robotic figures are programmed with actions and motions, but what makes them unique is the way they can sense their audience and interact with them.

I look forward to seeing these little guys and even more advanced versions in the years ahead. I can easily see where autonomous robots like these are going to be key to establishing the immersive experience that Disney wants to offer their visitors.


Fan Created Star Wars Vehicles on Display

Star Wars – I think that is it both amazing and great that there are so many fans of the Star Wars universe. I wish I were in the position so see these five full-scale vehicle models. If you will be at Disney Paris now until March 25 you will get your chance to see them.

Trailer for “Black Panther”

Trailers – Disney and Marvel have released the trailer for their latest movie in the Marvel Universe, “Black Panther”. It will be a while though before we can see it as it is not scheduled to open until February 16, 2018. What I find in the way of a synopsis is (from IMDB):

T’Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.

We got a glimpse of the Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War”. The character comes from the fictional African nation of Wakanda which has progressed on a separate technological path from the rest of the world.

More on “Pandora”

Disney – Many, myself included, are looking forward to seeing the new Disney World land of Pandora that will soon open in the Animal Kingdom.

Part of what will make Pandora unique is the environment that has been created. Above is a clip that gives you an idea of the night time experience with the bioluminescence and interactive nature of the engineered environment.

One of the key attractions will be the Na’vi River Journey ride that shows off the flora and fauna of Pandora. The animatronic “Shaman of songs”, which can be viewed in this clip, is a particularly good work of Disney engineering magic.

The other main attraction will be the Flight of Passage ride. This clip doesn’t reveal any of the ride itself, but does show a very detailed and rich sensory experience in the long queue to the ride.

Guests staying in Disney Resort accommodations will have access to special hours in Pandora: for a limited time, May 27 – July 4, 2017, enjoy “Extra” Extra Magic Hours only in Pandora − The World of Avatar from 11 p.m.-1 a.m.

This Disney expansion looks to make a visit an experience not just the opportunity to ride some cool rides. I am hoping that this continues with the Star Wars land that is scheduled to open in 2019.


Disney Temps Us with Smells

Disney – In today’s issue of “Now I know” titled “The Nose Knows“, Dan Lewis tell about how Disney has for years been using the “Smellitzer”. This device, for which Disney holds the patent granted in 1984, is able to blow odors at the guests.

Many report tantalizing odors near candy stores, popcorn stands and similar venues. The next time I go to Disney I will be on the lookout for these odors. I think that it is interesting that the Disney engineers have been working all these years to immerse us in a variety of ways when we enter the Disney properties.