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  • One thing that's always set Disney apart from other theme parks has been its use of audio animatronics.

  • It's that extra bit of Disney magic that really brings your theme park experience to the next level.

  • Audio animatronics have been used by the Walt Disney Company since 1961 and to this day are seen all over the Disney parks.

  • But since about 2005 the Disney parks have been looking for ways to enhance the guest experience through animatronics.

  • So in the mid to thousands, they started something called the Disney and Living Character Initiative.

  • This initiative by Disney was to bring new levels of guest interactions while bringing characters to life like never before.

  • One early initiative was the introduction of the articulated characters, but not all initiatives were lucky enough to stick around.

  • A lot of the impressive animatronic attractions created by Walt Disney Imagineering.

  • Weather for the Living Character initiative or nine have quietly disappeared from the Disney parks and no longer exist.

  • So today we're gonna be taking a look at the top five extinct Disney animatronic attractions.

  • Number five Lucky The Dinosaur 2003 marked the year that Disney debuted its very first free roving audio animatronic Lucky The Dinosaur.

  • Standing at eight feet tall, this segment Saurus animatronic character was very lifelike and was the first official character built in response to Disney's living character initiative.

  • He could walk on his own, move its head, blink his eyes, respond to guests on and even sign autographs.

  • He made his first appearance at the National History Museum of Los Angeles on August 28th 2003.

  • A few days later, he made his way over to Disney's California adventure.

  • But since he was still in the prototype testing phase, he returned to Walt Disney Imagineering and didn't make his official Disney Park debut until 2005.

  • In June 2005 Lucky the Dinosaur appeared at Walt Disney World in Dina Land USA at Animal Kingdom, along with his handler, Dr Woodson.

  • This is cool very now you might be wondering why he was pushing a flower card.

  • Well, I guess you could say the flower cart was pushing him.

  • See the figure needed to be lightweight so he could walk.

  • But he also needed power to run.

  • So the flower cart was used to conceal the batteries and computers that provided power toe lucky the dinosaur.

  • After his brief summer stints at Animal Kingdom, he was then moved to celebrate the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland in September of 2005.

  • Now, since he was only a prototype, he wasn't very reliable.

  • It was said that during his time in the parks, he was constantly missing multiple appearances each day because he kept breaking down So lucky the dinosaur goes down in history and joins the other dinosaurs that are now extinct.

  • But he has made a few other appearances outside of the Disney parks.

  • He now has a new permanent home at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California Number four chef from Me in 2008 also was a part of disease Living character initiative, bona petite from chef Remi, premiered as in addition to the dining experience at Restaurant, this stars in the Walt Disney Studios Park at the Disneyland Paris resort later in 2009.

  • It would also make its premiere at the Lay Chef de Frantz restaurant in the France Pavilion at Epcot, six days a week with four appearances a day, Um, a treaty with three diners of the restaurant with a rolling gourmet food cart.

  • They lift the laid like we normally do in France, from a silver dome cheese platter when the maitre d reveals a six inch tall animatronic rat chef from me from the animated film Gratitude, he.

  • Then comes the life entertaining diners with animated movements and quiet little squeeze.

  • The only right you'd be okay with seeing in a restaurant to date.

  • Chef for Me is the smallest audio animatronic created by Walt Disney Imagineering and is the only living character initiative animatronic to get two separate figures made, it does a very good job at entertaining diners and bring in this small little animated character to life.

  • Now you might be wondering exactly how this figure works.

  • Well, if you look closely at this video, you can see that the black handle of the Silver Dome has a small joystick on top of it and what looks to be a trigger at the bottom, it's likely that this gives the maitre d full control of the figure.

  • Even all this cast member Singhs pay attention to our hand gripping the handle in relation to Remy's movement thing.

  • Oh yeah, the animatronic figure was definitely a success and lasted at Epcot for four years until it became extinct in October 2013.

  • And for five years, until June 2014 at Disneyland Paris.

  • With the addition of the new attitude he ride coming to the France Pavilion at Epcot.

  • It would be a great opportunity to bring this animatronic back to Epcot at some point in the future.

  • Wouldn't you say so?

  • Number three Push the Talking Trashcan Thief, although not part of the Disney Living Character initiative push the talking trash can, made its official debut in 1995 at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

  • Created and designed by Daniel Deutsche, Push was a radio controlled robot that made daily appearances in Tomorrowland.

  • Now he was an actual trashcan.

  • If you pushed the flap, you could look inside to see a trash bag, but he also moved around freely and interacted with guests.

  • He was actually quite the character when interacting with push.

  • It was really easy to forget that it was being operated by an actual person, and the technology of this figure is actually quite simple.

  • So the figure was controlled by a cast member on stage with Push who appeared in disguise, and by disguise, we mean wearing normal clothes to blend in as a guest.

  • The cast member had a transmitter hidden in their bag and had a microphone in their hand.

  • When they spoken to the microphone, it changed their voice and allowed them to interact with guests nearby.

  • Push became a staple of tomorrow land at Magic Kingdom and was loved by fans.

  • So much so that when Disney announced they would be saying goodbye to push, fans reacted on social media with Facebook groups and Hashtags trying to keep this character in the park.

  • According to Daniel Deutsch in a New York Daily News article, There was some ambiguity to the verbiage as to what they owned and what I owned.

  • That being between Disney and real simple ideas, the company that owned Push one push comes to shove.

  • Ultimately, he was can for Magic Kingdom in February of 2014 making him extinct.

  • Number two.

  • The Luxo Jr Dancing Lamp.

  • The Pixar Place area at Disney's Hollywood Studios opened in 2008.

  • Ah, small addition was made to the area in June of 2009 when Disney debuted their newest animatronic, which was a six foot tall Pixar Luxo Jr animatronic lamp.

  • You are able to see this animatronic up close on the wall across from Toy Story.

  • Midway mania approximately every 15 minutes for a mini show, looks a was a very impressive figure, but it did face many mechanical issues that caused it to constantly go down Now.

  • At the time, most Disney audio animatronics ran on no Matics or hydraulics.

  • But Luxo Jr was a bit different and was a prototype of a fully electric figure around the time Luxo Jr appeared at the park.

  • In 2009 the Norwegian company Luxo Lamps accused Disney and Pixar of infringing their copyright by using the luxo name on the limited edition up Blue Ray that came with a mini luxo figure.

  • Up until this point, Pixar and Disney had never used the Luxor name on their products.

  • The name issue was brought before a judge, where documents also mentioned the Luxo Jr animatronic at Walt Disney World.

  • Luxo Jr was removed from the park in April of 2010 with Disney saying that it will no longer perform since it was a test figure with a limited run.

  • Seeing where this figure was built in place doesn't seem like a location for a limited run type figure, so its removal was probably more of a case of mechanical and legal issues.

  • But we'll never know for sure when you visit Pixar Place today.

  • The lighting sign over the door and look Sal's platform are reminders of the impressive audio animatronic that once performed at Hollywood studios.

  • Also, the Pixar Place Pathway is going to become a backstage area once Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios opens in summer of 2018 so it probably would have been lights out anyway, even if he was still around Number one Wally.

  • If you are lucky enough to be in the right place in 2008 you would have experienced a very impressive Wally Animatronic based on the title character of the 2008 Disney Pixar film.

  • Wally was created by Walt Disney Imagineering and was used for promotional events for the film's release, with the plan to eventually transfer to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

  • Like the other figures treated for the living character initiative, Wally is fully interactive and can roll on his tread feet, tilt his head, move his arms and hands all while it responded to guests through electronic sounds made vaguely to resemble speech, It really brought the character from the animated film Toe Life.

  • The Magic of Disney animation meet and greet at Hollywood studios and an area at Disney's California adventure were actually set up toe.

  • How's the plan Wally Experience in the summer of 2008 but it was never carried out, aside from a cardboard cut out that was used as a placeholder for the Wally figure.

  • It was an extinct animatronic in the parks right from the start, so the figure stands about three and 1/2 to 4 feet tall, and it sets away approximately £700.

  • Word on the street is that Disney was concerned about the figures, weight and size and became worried that it could easily run over guests feet causing harm.

  • So, yeah, the animatronic never made it into the park, but it has made brief appearances at the G 23 Expo in the past.

  • There's also accounts saying that the Wally Animatronic figure was actually testing backstage at Walt Disney World in 2008.

  • Oh, but surprise, Surprise kept breaking down.

  • Probably a similar situation of when Wally broke down at a D 23 meeting Greed.

  • So, along with the character size, the unreliability was probably another major factor of why it was never seen in the park.

  • So have you ever had a chance to experience any of these figures firsthand?

  • And if you could bring back one of these characters, which one would it be?

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