When will the "Interactive" Mickey Mouse be in Appearance at WDW?

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  1. CaptiveJustin

    CaptiveJustin "If you can dream it, you can do it." "Don't forge

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    Hello My Disney Friends, :charac4:

    Has anybody heard of the "Interactive" Mickey Mouse? If you search: "Talking Mickey Mouse" on YouTube, you will find an actual real-life Mickey Mouse character talking, blinking, etc. It was in a beta test a few months back at Disneyland. Currently, we have the "Interactive" Mickey Mouse at "Dream Along With Mickey" at WDW, but not in appearance. Does anybody know when we will get the "Interactive" Mickey Mouse in appearance to be able to meet at Disney World? I have heard that the previous beta test at Disneyland was complete, should it be at WDW soon? I will be going on vacation to WDW during the first week of August and was hoping that I'd be able to meet the "Interactive" version of the Mickey Mouse character in person, because that would be really amazing! :banana: Any help would be greatly- appreciated!
    -Thanks in advance!
    (Your Pal) Justin :thumbsup2
     
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  3. MissMouseInTheHouse

    MissMouseInTheHouse Devoted to Disney

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    That would be so cool to meet a talking Mickey, although I do love the silent, masked Mickey I first met! :laughing:
     
  4. Micca

    Micca Where there's a will, there's an heir

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    The video was awesome. I too thought this was something Disney would be rolling out fairly soon. Maybe there was a hitch in the beta test? If anyone knows the info would be much appreciated. :earsboy:
     
  5. WEDWDW

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    Just wanted to mention that the Mickey in "Dream Along With Mickey" and "Magic Kingdom Welcome" is "Lip Synching Mickey" and not "Talking Mickey".:)

    I haven't seen any info on when "Talking Mickey" might appear at WDW.:)
     
  6. StitchSpawn

    StitchSpawn Florida Mouseketeer

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    I've heard if the interactive talking Mickey, but I don't know that Disney has any plans super soon to introduce him into our park. I wouldn't expect it anyways and when he does arrive, it won't be anounced until after he's there. He will probably only be there on occasion possibly too because I bet it's expensive to run that suit and pay someone to work it, take care of it. And if there are any bugs...."Hey there, kkkkkiiiiidddddooooooo........::dies out::."
    Wouldn't that be upsetting for Mickey to DIE right in front of you, :eek:
     
  7. CampbellScot

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    I hope interactive Donald will be next!!!:love:

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  8. StitchSpawn

    StitchSpawn Florida Mouseketeer

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    Ya, Donald would be pretty cool.
     
  9. Reddog1134

    Reddog1134 DIS Veteran

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    The article HERE shows that Disney has been working on this technology since as at least 1994.

    Many have said that the biggest obstacle keeping it from appearing in the parks regularly is finding a way to quiet the motors and servos.
     
  10. ben1993

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    I really love this innovation too, I can see it being a regular thing within the next 5 years. I'm surprised Tokyo Disney hasn't snatched it up already actually.
     
  11. Florida Dreamin'

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    It looks cool and it's such a great idea, but when I watched the video it just looked so awkward. Looks almost as if Mickey was shy or something along those lines.
     
  12. WDSearcher

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    I would think that the biggest obstacle would be that once Mickey can talk, how do you explain why no one else can?

    :earsboy:
     
  13. Reddog1134

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    Assuming you mean "explain to children", the same way parents have been doing it for years with the "non-face" characters.
     
  14. mesaboy2

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    I agree with you this is one potential problem. The line between fuzz and face just got fuzzier (or is that facier?).

    I assume also that a second, um, "helper" CM would have to be employed in the shadows to make this work.
     
  15. WDSearcher

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    But it's different. When NOBODY (as in "non-face characters") talks, then you can do the generic comment about "they don't know all the languages of the world, so they use sign language" or "they're saving their voices for the show" or whatever. But when ONE character talks, and no one else does, then it's a different thing. Mickey still doesn't know all the languages of the world and only speaks in English, so why can't the other characters do that too? Mickey's in more shows than anyone else but he's talking, so why can't Minnie? Etc.

    I would imagine that is one of the things that is being discussed in the "how and when do we roll this out" conversations.

    :earsboy:
     
  16. Reddog1134

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    But you usually don't have to explain WHY characters talk. You just have to explain why they don't. Just because Minnie is "saving her voice/has laryngitis/etc" doesn't mean (talking) Mickey has the same problem.
     
  17. Finally08

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    If I remember correctly (I read all the patent paperwork on the technology) it's actually the CM *in* the suit doing the talking...so no "extra" magic is needed. They just need some great cms that can stay in character and carry on conversations easily.

    I think they could absolutely bring this to the parks soon if they were willing to spend the money on it. And well, we know where Disney stands when it comes to that....:rolleyes:
     
  18. mjallemand

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    I guess you'd have to find someone that could keep the voice up for a decent chunk of time.
     
  19. MissStitch626

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    I remember seeing the video a while back. Don't ask me why but talking Mickey scares me!
     
  20. Reddog1134

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    That might be the Uncanny Valley theory at work.
     
  21. mesaboy2

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    Then that's some pretty cool (and expensive) tech going on!

    I agree. He borders on the creepy.
     

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