Disney and Alexa Join Forces for Magical Experiences

Disney Parks Blog has just announced that Disney is pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to entertain guests and create experiences that are unlike anything else in the world.


Walt Disney himself was absolutely fascinated by the technology of his day, and by the possibilities it represented for the movie and theme park industries. He invented the multi-plane camera and used Technicolor in his animated films … then moved on to create Audio-Animatronics figures for Disneyland shows like “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” and “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.” That was just the beginning, and Walt’s curiosity, imagination and ingenuity set the stage for the decades of invention and discovery that have followed.

Over the past few years, Imagineers have developed amazing technology for attractions such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and the Spider-Man acrobatic robot that soars above Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure park. You may have also caught a glimpse of what they are working on for future experiences, including a “real” lightsaber that will debut at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort, a free-roaming Groot robotic character, or a full-sized exoskeleton that may one day bring our larger characters to life in ways you never thought possible. 

Sometimes this technology takes center stage and inspires a sense of awe, while other times it plays a supporting role, all but invisible behind the scenes … but it’s always there, helping our cast, crew, employees and Imagineers make magic.

Disney has teamed up with Alexa to announce the availability of a new Mickey-inspired stand for Echo Show 5. This OtterBox Den Series case brings the fun of Disney to your home with a playfully designed stand.

As Disney gears up to kick off the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, these exciting new ways to add technology to the celebration are perfect to bring magic into your home.

Related: Disney Will Livestream ‘Harmonious’ and ‘Disney Enchantment’ to Kick off 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort

A project Disney has partnered with Amazon is called “Hey, Disney!” This project creates your own custom assistant, using Disney stories, characters and more – all built on Amazon’s Alexa technology.

Whether you’re at home or in one of our Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms, soon you’ll be able to use an Echo device to interact with your favorite Disney, Pixar or Star Wars characters. “Hey, Disney!” will make your vacation easier, more meaningful and more fun … and it will entertain and delight you when you’re at home, too. It raises the bar for immersive storytelling with authentic character voices, unique audio environments inspired by our films and destinations, and more than a thousand magical interactions to discover – so you can expect a few surprises!

More information coming soon!

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