Tag Archives: Walt Disney Imagineering

Imagineering’s Autonomous Walking Groot Robot Is Incredible

Unbeknownst to the public, Walt Disney Imagineering has been working on their robotics program behind closed doors. We all know Lucky the Dinosaur who roamed the streets of Disney’s Animal Kingdom years ago. More recently, they introduced a “stuntronic” which will make it’s debut at Disney California Adventure. Now, WDI has unveiled a Groot robot

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Why Are Disney Animatronics Breaking All The Time?

You’ve seen the pictures and video all over social media. Every time a Disney animatronic breaks, we know about it. TPU reader Alison writes “Hey Josh, what happened to Disney’s maintenance for their animatronics? They used to be the leaders in the industry. Now they seem to be a joke. Is this because of careless

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Go Behind The Scenes at Smuggler’s Run at Galaxy’s Edge

Having recently been on Smuggler’s Run at Galaxy’s Edge, I was extremely impressed with how high tech this new attraction is. Being able to render graphics in real-time on to a huge dome screen is pretty impressive. Considering that this attraction is essentially a live-action video game meant Smugglers Run needed more computing power than

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New Tony Baxter Book Released in Time for the Holidays

Arguably, Tony Baxter is more beloved than any other person who has ever walked the halls of Walt Disney Imagineering. Hearing him speak about theme park design, his passion for the industry and the contributions he has made is like having a living reincarnation of Walt Disney himself inspiring everyone he meets. With that in

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Theme Park University Radio Episode Two: Rhodes To Imagination

Editor’s note: Our latest episode of Theme Park University Radio features an insightful interview with Mark and Shane Rhodes from Rhodes to Imagination.  With nearly 40 years of experience in the attractions industry, the father and son duo have dozens of stories to share about their work from designing Maelstrom at EPCOT Center to writing

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