I'm wondering how everyone feels about this, since the thought of adding a few animatronics to Pirates made quite a few people here angry. The article doesn't say anything about how they would actually put this into the park for guests--and I doubt anyone knows at this point--but it's still interesting.In recent weeks, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online (WDPRO, the division of the Disney parks that brought us Buzz Lightyear Online and Virtual Magic Kingdom) has been conducting focus group testing of a new program that, if funded, will bring interactive elements to an increasing number of Disneyland (and eventually other park) attractions.
For the proof of concept phase, they wired both Haunted Mansion and Tom Sawyer Island for two completely different experiences that can be delivered through the same technology.
Using modified Pocket PC PDAs—although the final technology could be very different by the time this actually goes live—the first interactive experience demonstrated was at Haunted Mansion. The goal of the game is to "capture" the ghosts as you move through the ride.
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