Characters inside the parks are always there to take pictures with guests, having the perfect smile every time-perfect smile of course because their faces are frozen in a way. This is no longer so with a new Mickey that debuted last week in Disneyland! And the biggest surprise of all – Mickey talks!
In the last few years, characters with moving mouths and blinking eyes have been seen mainly in stage shows. This Mickey seems to use the same technology, but with the added feature of talking! The talking is not just recorded speeches like what is seen in parades, shows, and the park openings, this is an interactive talk, using the names of the people he is meeting just as Crush does in Turtle Talk with Crush in Epcot!
The technologies used for this effect have not been fully described as of yet, but there are suspicions that it is very similar technology as that used with Crush. All that can be said is that this makes for a whole new interactive experience with characters that will have children of all ages lining up to meet them!
Contributed by: Jessica C. (NDI#21). Jessica is our resident “Gossip Girl” and creator of The True Disney Fan Blog.