Saturday, June 11, 2016

Report: New Interactive Droids Being Tested At Disney Parks

By: Benjamin Hart

Disney theme parks have always been incredibly fun to visit, but these days it's getting even more fun with new Star Wars additions. Not only is the much anticipated "Star Wars Land" area under construction at both Disneyland and Disney World but they've also opened the new Star Wars Launch Bay exhibits in both parks. Inside the Launch Bays fans have been known to run into Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and Chewbacca who are there for photo-ops and hugs(both regular and throat hugs). But a new revelation appears to confirm Disney is taking this concept a step further.

Gizmodo is reporting that some fans have encountered a new interactive Droid inside the exihbits. YouTube users DAPs Magic and Keith Lapinig both shared videos of a Droid named "Jake" in action. While the Droids's body appears to resemble that of an Astromech, Jake features a head that both rotates and pivots with various lights and sounds. As seen in the videos, Jake can roll around on its own and interacts with control panels that are placed throughout the Launch Bay and also appears to recognize and react to people around it as well. You can check out the videos below:

This development has led to speculation that Disney could be testing the Droids for use in Star Wars Land. The 14 acre area is said to be fully immersive and will feature not only realistic surroundings but also lots of various character populating it. These Droids would be very cool to see wandering about the area, and it would be especially exciting if they could interact with who and what is around them.

Speaking of Star Wars Land, an aerial view of Disneyland surfaced online earlier this week courtesy of @drdisneyland on Twitter(thanks to Anakin and his Angel for the heads up!). It gives us a great view of the progress on the addition:

Source: Gizmodo

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