Intelligent Robots May Be in the Future for Walt Disney World

Disney has been partnering with Hanson Robotics to collaborate on artificial intelligence for Disney character robots.  Dr. David Hanson, CEO of Hanson Robotics gave an update on the the partnership when speaking at a tech conference in London, TechXLR8.  The work has been to create robots that can mimic human expressions and interactions in a manner in which they can actually interact and react to humans.  Hanson Robotics has already built a successful robot that is used as a mobile teaching robot.  It is called Professor Einstein and being shipped around to test out how it works.

There hasn’t been a lot of details releases yet about how we can expect this technology to be used at Walt Disney World and the other Disney parks.  Dr. Hanson used a photo of Elsa in his demonstration at the conference, but we have no way of knowing for sure which character we might first see created as a robot that can interact with guests.  This would be a huge step in the future of character interactions, as well as how shows and rides are created at Walt Disney World.  Disney is all about immersive experiences and this really is a huge step in that direction.

What do you all think of this exciting work in progress?  Which character would you most like see created as a robot?

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at http://magicalvacationplanner.com/staff/christy-caby/ or look for me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christy.caby. Have a magical day!