Saturday, September 18, 2010

Marvelous Mechanized Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Hotel

R2-D2 appeared on stage with C3PO at this event featuring host Neil Patrick Harris. The event featured the history of Disney's contributions to storytelling through mechanical means. Through interviews with those closest to the historical development & implementation of mechanical technologies, culminating in Audio-Animatronics, the event gave attendees a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at this unique area of theme park entertainment. Various props were displayed throughout the lobby areas, where R2 also entertained the crowd.

In addition, Mike displayed his latest project, the head and hand he's built for a life-size, fully functional, remote-control Wall-E robot from the animated film. Upon pressing a "demo" button, the eyebrows moved and each side of the head moved up and down. This was a great opportunity to test out the mechanics and electronics as there were over 300 guests in attendance, many who pressed the button more than once. It passed the test!
Automation Video

Here's a video from that event (R2 & WALL-E at beginning, and R2 shown again briefly at end):

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