Walt Disney was about 50 yrs ahead of his time...... times up!
The Imagineers were pioneers in so many creative fields including Animatronics, during the fast paced developments of the 1960's the public at large felt sure at the current rate Walt Disney would have fully autonomous AA figures in just a few short years spawning such books and films like the Stepford wives and Westworld. They may have been right but we will never know. Walt Disney passed away suddenly at the height of this explosion of technology at WDI. He was 50 yrs ahead of his time and now its 50 yrs later and time has caught up.
Without Walt to drive them on and push them ever farther into the future of technological entertainment the Disney co sat on its laurels and now places a funeral wreath on that legacy with the laying off and closing down of inhouse animatronic development and outsourcing it. Their claim as the explanation for this action is that over the years "others" have made greater strides in this field, this is true. its true because the short sighted, narrow minded, penny watching corporate mindset that has dominated the company for decades allowed this to happen.
As many have noticed the number of AA figures at DL peaked around 1968 to early 70's this being the remains of the impetus started by Walt but has been steadily dropping off ever since....
I have observed alot of sad things happen over the years at DL, things that make you shake your head in dismay ... but this..
This decision is truly the final nail in the coffin of what innovative pioneering spirit the name Disney used to stand for..
We have already seen the Animation dept the heart of the company fall to wayside now outsourced to pixar...
With this decision the company does not even realize it has squandered the 50 yrs ahead of its time leap that their creator gave them.