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Must-See: Disney Brings New Robotic Characters to Life

Must-See: Disney Brings New Robotic Characters to Life Disney SXSW Disney SXSW Disney SXSW

Last week, the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference took Disney fans by surprise when Josh D’Amaro introduced us to a wave of new technology. The Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Chairman spent a substantial amount of time walking us through technological advancements that allow for a more immersive storytelling environment. However, it was about halfway through the Storytelling Through Characters presentation that something incredible happened. Imagineers Mogan Pope and Tony Dohi wheeled a mysterious crate onto the stage, not immediately revealing what was inside.



If you haven’t already, you must see the video below showing what appears to be a Judy Hopps robotic that can move, fall and even get back up again, mimicking life-like movements. Can you imagine if characters like these are eventually able to be roaming around the theme parks?

Could this be a little glimpse of what is to come in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Dinoland USA remodel? We already know there is a high likely hood of a Moana / Zootopia-styled area. Could Judy be one of the features coming with the new theme?



Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

Join Zoë as she lets you in on all the tips, tricks, anecdotes, and embarrassments that arise from her family adventures.













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