Disney explains the 'Glow with the Show' Mickey hat technology
August 1, 2012, 7:46 PM ·
Wondering how Disney gets thousands of Mouse ears to light up in synch with the World of Color show at Disney California Adventure?
In a new video, Chuck Davis, Principal Technical Director for World of Color explains a bit about the technology behind the Glow with the Show Mouseketeer ears that interact with the performance:
For the TL;DW crowd, Davis says that the ears use infrared technology, like a TV remote, and that the show viewing area is divided into 40 zones which can accept individual commands, allowing Disney show techs to create wave and other effects using the ears. And that's not all.
"We've just begun to scratch the surface of the technology here at World of Color with the hats," Davis said. Already, Disney's implemented hat effects inside Cars Land, and if you're worried about the distraction of all those blinking hats around the park during the rest of the day, I've heard that they automatically shut off inside dark rides, such as The Little Mermaid.