Jessica C. (NDI#21) (81 Posts)

Living in Delaware her whole life, Jessica did not know much about Walt Disney World until she went at 13 years old. That initial trip, though, got her hooked on the magic. As the years went on, she did everything she could to learn more about Disney (including watching documentaries and reading books). She did not know many people that shared her passion until she discovered the wonders of the internet and the Disney community found on it. She has gotten involved with as many Disney projects as she can, including writing the weekly news articles for The Disney Driven Life and writing for her own blog, The True Disney Fan. Jessica has also taken on a position with Celebrations Magazine, working the social media aspects of the publication. Through all these platforms, Jessica strives to bring as much Disney magic as possible into her everyday life, and she works to share it with everyone she meets!

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.

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