Immersive Storytelling at Disney Resorts
Imagineers continue to dream up new ways of telling stories through architecture anddesign. The
Disneyland Dream Suite
, part of
The Year of a Million Dreams
, features elegantfurnishings and props inspired by the different “lands” of the Disneyland Park. Specialeffects create “magic moments” for guests, when clocks, trains and mirrors come tolife with music and motion throughout the suite.
Bringing Favorite Characters to Life
at Walt Disney Studios Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland featuresImagineering’s most magical foray yet into the realm of “living characters.” Guests canhold real-time, unrehearsed conversations – in French and English – with an animatedStitch, the lovable alien from Disney’s “Lilo and Stitch.”
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
features multiple characters on stage in a uniqueinteractive comedy experience for guests at the Walt Disney World Resort, and
TurtleTalk with Crush
from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo” engages familes with thethe laid-back turtle dude from “Finding Nemo.” The Living Characters Initiative brings beloved characters to life in new and uniqueways for Disney park guests. These magical experiences are enabled by proprietarysoftware, which allows each show to be different depending on the audience responseand questions asked by the children.
Immersive Storytelling Around the World
Imagineers continue to dream up new forms of storytelling through architecture and design.Disney’s Hawaiian Resort at Ko Olina will celebrateHawaii’s vibrant culture and rich heritage, beginning withits design. From the 1937 Mickey Mouse animated short“Hawaiian Holiday” to the Hawaiian setting of Disneyland’s groundbreaking
Enchanted Tiki Room
attraction, which debuted in 1963, to Disney’sPolynesian Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort, Waltoften pulled inspiration from the popular islands.
Imagineering holds more than 100 patents in specialeffects, ride systems, interactive technology, live entertainment, fiber optics and advanced audio systems.Numerous technological landmarks introduced in the Disney theme parks are now industry standards, including theUnited States’ first daily operating monorail system (1959),
technology (in Walt Disney’s
Enchanted Tiki Room
, 1963), the first computer-controlled thrill ride (
, 1975), and an advanced3-D motion picture photography system (
, 1982), pushed to a new level with
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
(1995).Walt Disney Imagineering developed the new virtual reality (VR) technology called Disney Vision for the
Aladdin Magic Carpet VR Adventure
; as well as state-of-the-art ride vehicles and systems for the
Indiana Jones Adventure
at Disneyland Paris,
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
*atDisney’s Hollywood Studios,
at Epcot and
Pooh’s Hunny Hunt
at Tokyo Disneyland.
* Inspired by The Twilight Zone
a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Muppet Mobile Lab atHong Kong Disneyland is oneof the newest engaging attractions at the resortDisney Imagineers have begun architectural designs for Disney's firstfamily resort outside of its theme park developments. Disney’sHawaiian Resort at Ko Olina is expected to open in 2011.