Disney Imagineering Has Created Autonomous Robot Stunt Doubles

For or over 50 years, Disneyland and its sister parks have been a showcase for increasingly technically proficient versions of its “animatronic” characters. First pneumatic and hydraulic, and more recently fully electronic, these figures create a feeling of life and emotion inside rides and attractions, in shows and, increasingly, in interactive ways throughout the parks. Recent additions to the pantheon could change the way that characters move throughout the parks and influence how we think about mobile robots at large.