Disney has shared another video of the cutting edge animatronics inside the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The video shows some better angles of the figures and a cool shadow effect somewhere in the ride. Excited yet?
Despite Marvel being a cash cow for Disney right now, the biggest question mark for Disney parks is when will Star Wars expand throughout the parks. Today Disney has made it clear they are not messing around when it comes to new Star Wars attractions or lands by opening a dedicated Star Wars imagineering studio. The studio will be headed up by Scott Trowbrige.
According to Slash Film, Trowbrige has been involved with The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride, Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, The Simpsons ride, Sesame Street 4-D, Fear Factor Live and the early development of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal and has since been head of R&D and Blue Sky efforts at Disney Imagineering.
That is quite a track record. I'm not sure how much Trowbrige had to do with The Wizarding World but with Spider-Man under his belt alone I think Disney's Star Wars efforts are in good hands. I wouldn't be surprised to hear an announcement or something major before the end of the year.
In 1999 Disney developed and started testing a remote controlled robotic dolphin. Why? Well they had hopes of studying the dolphins at the Living Seas on Epcot more closely. They also were testing some sort of show with crowd interaction at Sea Base Alpha.
The most interesting part is they took the dolphin, DRU or Del, on the road to Castaway Cay for Disney Cruise Lines. There Del interacted with guests like similar trained dolphin encounters. Some guests even thought he was real.