There was quite a stir across the Internet yesterday after two videos showed up on YouTube offering a view of a test Disney was running for an interactive, talking Mickey Mouse character meet and greet.
Today Disney has responded with an official video of their test:
And here’s what they had to say about it:
Mickey, who usually saves his voice for shows and parades, talked with guests and interacted with them in never-before-seen ways! This was part of a process we call “playtesting” as it gives us a chance to develop new concepts with our guests long before they end up in the Parks. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to let guests interact with our beloved characters,” says Disney Imagineer and head of Advanced Development Scott Trowbridge. “And we have many more surprises up our sleeves.”
It will likely be a while before we see this technology become commonplace within Disney’s theme parks, but it’s great to know that they’re working on it. I think Walt would be proud.
Source: Disney Parks Blog