We have all, from time to time, thought about what Disney should do next in their theme parks ... The next new ride technology, a way to somehow improve fireworks shows, make a virtual reality attraction, etc.
So let's hear your wild and crazy ideas, your wishes for future attractions, and bring out the Imagineer we all wish we were!
My idea is not necessarily the "next" big thing, but definitely something I hope they are working toward and will one day implement.
With audio animatronics improving and becoming more life like, technology like what's used in the Crush attraction at DCA or the Monsters Inc. attraction at WDW where there is someone behind the screen speaking and the character's mouth moves with the person's voice, and autonomous animatronics like Lucky the dinosaur... I see all of these things combining so that Disney is able to have a stand alone autonomous animatronic able to walk around and interact and talk to guests.
So then, instead of having Mickeys and Minnies and the lot being people in suits, 6 feet tall, and huge compared to the kids, they can have a lifelike animatronic Mickey that is only 2'-3' tall and can walk around the park by himself (probably accompanied by a cast member) and be able to have full conversations with people, in Mickey's voice. The same for all the other characters of course.
I think it would be amazing to come to Disneyland and see a little Mickey and Goofy and Donald walking around, taking pictures with people, maybe even be able to sign an autograph for kids. No more situations with kids freaking out because they realize it's just a guy in a suit or anything like that. And I think that would pretty much be the pinnacle of animatronics. Well, maybe an animatronic Dumbo or Tinkerbell that could actually fly... but I'd be satisfied with Mickey and the gang walking around talking to people.
So... that's my big idea, let's hear yours!