Disney takes animatronics to the next level

Posted Friday, August 29, 2003 5:06 AM | Contributed by supermandl34

Disney's Imagineers have fashioned a prototype of the next generation of audio-animatronic figures that's a far cry from Walt's childhood hero, the animated president Liconln. In fact, it's a 20-foot-long smiling dinosaur named Lucky that is fully mobile and can interact with guests -- through the help of a hidden operator. The creature, which grunts, hisses, bats his eyelashes and even signs autographs in the shape of a clover, made his debut test-run at Disney's California Adventurelast week.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Friday, August 29, 2003 7:28 AM
Wouldn't it have been easier to put a midget in a dinosaur costume? Ala Barney? ;)

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Friday, August 29, 2003 7:38 AM
Probably, but its probably more exciting to interact with a 20ft dinosaur than another person in a suit.

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Friday, August 29, 2003 8:12 AM
Sounds like West World is just around the corner
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Friday, August 29, 2003 9:29 AM
I actually saw this thing roaming around in the Hollywood Backlot area when I was at DCA last week. It is pretty cool. I never got close enough to hear it talk or hiss or what ever it does but I saw it walking around.

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Bob Hansen
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Friday, August 29, 2003 1:43 PM
Sounds more like that crazy park in that old episode of the Simpsons.

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Mac Forever.

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Friday, August 29, 2003 3:16 PM
I got the chance to see Lucky and all I have to say is WOW!

It's to bad that his stay in Cali was only temporary.

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DH

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Friday, August 29, 2003 10:18 PM
I thought IOA already had something like this in their JP section?

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Is that a Q-bot in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

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Saturday, August 30, 2003 7:42 AM
These figures are untethered and self-contained. IOA's Trikes were attached to the floor. They're gone now, anyway, to my knowledge. At the very least, the attraction is closed and they don't have any intent of opening it soon.

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--Maddie--
What do I Listen-To?
May the Schwarz be with you.

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Saturday, August 30, 2003 2:54 PM
The part I was thinking about was there the "zookeeper" would stand next to some dinosaur and it would sort of bumble around inside its "pen." That's gone?

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Is that a Q-bot in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

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Sunday, August 31, 2003 3:57 PM
Yes. That was Triceratops Encounter and the attraction entrance, as of last week, was boarded over.

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--Maddie--
What do I Listen-To?
May the Schwarz be with you.

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Sunday, August 31, 2003 5:08 PM
I guess I'll never see that then. It was closed for seasonal repair last November when I was there.

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