We've discussed several times on the show about how Disney seems to be implementing more and more interactivity into their attractions, parades, stage shows, etc. Mike & Glenn have even asked the question, of how long it would be until interacting with the guests was brought into the meet and greet character setting. Well...it appears as if it's now a reality!
Through the use of "animatronic" type character heads that are also seen used in the Dream Along With Mickey stage show and other stage shows that Disney produces, the cast member inside of the costume can now literally talk (in Mickey voice) with guests - even calling them by name. Imagine...Turtle Talk with Crush, but in real life, where you can touch it and feel it. The videos below do a better job at explaining it. This folks...TOTALLY changes the game. It's amazing! Have a look!
**From Orlando Attractions Magazine**
"A few years ago some new technology was added to the characters in the Dream Along with Mickey stage show at the Magic Kingdom that allowed the characters mouths to move and eyes to blink. Well it looks like Disney has improved on that technology by enhancing a Mickey meet and greet by allowing him to actually talk to guests.
Below is a video uploaded to YouTube by lrharrisjr on May 3 that shows Mickey Mouse not only meeting and greeting guests at Disneyland, but also talking to them and calling them by name. There’s no word yet if this character interaction was marked as being a test of the new process, but I assume it was. Let’s hope it works out well so we can start meeting all of the characters in a whole new way here in Orlando as well.
Editor’s Note: The user who posted the video told us they were at the park as regular guests, but had to sign something before entering the room that said they would be video taped by Disney for internal research.
In the first video Mickey greets all the guests in the room as a group. You’ll hear him address them by name in the second video."
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Since that first visit in 1982, Mike has been to WDW several more times. 1996 saw his next trip; this time with his new bride. It was his wife's first time ever at WDW, and that made the trip even more magical for Mike. Apparently the Pixie Dust was in high gear that trip, because Charity (Mike's Wife,) came home with an extra special souvenir...their second child Jason!
Mike would return to "the World" in 2004, this time with his entire family. The week that he spent at WDW with his wife and kids will forever be one of his greatest memories in life. NOTHING is quite like sitting on the ground in front of Cinderella Castle, hugging your kids and watching Wishes!
Since 2004, Mike has visited WDW several more times both with and without his family, but his most recent trip was in 2009, after spending 3 days on the Disney Wonder cruise ship. Mike plans to once again return to WDW in June of 2010 with his family for a week-long trip.
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