Last night, Walt Disney Imagineering did some preliminary tests with willing
victims cast members at Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom. The results had the victims cast members losing their heads laughing their heads off as the hitchhiking ghosts interacted with them in ways that have not yet been experienced in a theme park attraction.
The report from insidethemagic.com appears to jibe completely with our recent report on speculation that a patent developed by Imagineers would soon be making its way to the Haunted Mansion. The technology, which we first reported on more than a year ago allows computer generated images to dynamically be created to appear to interact with physical guests. At the time, we believed the technology would be used for a reported spectacular new meet & greet experience with Tinker Bell and the fairies of Pixie Hollow in the New Fantasyland, but as time went on and plans changed, we saw an opportunity for the tech to be used in Haunted Mansion, particularly once we learned of the new components installed in the enhanced area.
As of yet, however, the technology is in the testing phase so there is no real telling when the technology will be available to guests, but the report of the test definitely confirms our suspicions and we look forward to the day when we can see the new technology in action.
To learn more about the technology and to view the details of the patent, see our prior report here.