Disney fans knock rival Universal for using screens so many of its rides, but the fact remains that Disney employs a lot of projection technology in its new attractions, too. Panasonic's press releases notes that its projection systems are used now in several Disney attractions, including Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland, the Haunted Mansion and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, and at Frozen Ever After and the Gran Fiesta Tour at Epcot. The company's projection tech also will be used on the upcoming Na'vi River Journey in Pandora – The World of Avatar, at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
If you're thinking, "wait a minute, those aren't screen rides," then Disney Imagineering has done its job in hiding the tricky ways it is employing projection technology to animate faces on its next-generation Audio Animatronic characters, as well as to drop animated characters into physical space on rides such as Finding Nemo.
This is hardly Panasonic's first official presence in a major theme park, of course. Let's not forget that Panasonic once owned Disney's rival Universal, back in the days when Panasonic was known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Matsushita bought Universal's parent MCA in 1990 then sold it to Seagram's in 1995. Panasonic continued to sponsor the Terminator 2:3D show in the parks for several years after that, too.Tweet
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