TECH­NOL­OGY AT WDW

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Walt Dis­ney was a creative ge­nius. An­i­ma­tion, movies, tele­vi­sion, theme parks, Walt had a gift for cre­at­ing things that touch our lives. None of Walt’s cre­ations would have been pos­si­ble with­out tech­nol­ogy.

As much as Walt was a creative ge­nius, he was also a tech­ni­cal ge­nius. When he wanted more re­al­ism in his an­i­mated movies he went out and in­vented a new cam­era to film them. Walt’s mul­ti­plane cam­era was first used in 1937 and was used all the way through the film­ing of the Lit­tle Mer­maid.

This month we cel­e­brate Walt’s gifts through the use of Tech­nol­ogy at Walt Dis­ney World. Check this out.

Over the last 5 years or so Dis­ney has been to­tally re­vamp­ing all kinds of be­hind the scenes tech­nol­ogy. That tech­nol­ogy is called My­magic+. That’s where we start this month by get­ting an up­date on the My­magic+ pro­gram.

Next we look at the evo­lu­tion of Au­dioan­i­ma­tron­ics. Wow, so much of Walt Dis­ney World is built around Au­dioan­i­ma­tron­ics. Au­dioan­i­ma­tron­ics have come a long, long way.

Speak­ing of com­ing a long way… the tech­nol­ogy that pow­ers all the rides at Walt Dis­ney World is crazy. Did you know that Dis­ney in­vented the tech­nol­ogy be­hind the modern day roller coaster? Yep.

OK, let’s not for­get the shows. We wrap up our fea­tures sec­tion with a look at the tech­nol­ogy be­hind the shows. I think you’ll be sur­prised at just how much goes into every show.

Lets see, Fe­bru­ary, what hap­pens in Fe­bru­ary? Oh, yeah Valen­tines Day. In honor of Valen­tines Day our First Timers Cor­ner looks at the most ro­man­tic ho­tels around Walt Dis­ney World. Love is in the air…

In our Scrooge or Splurge ar­ti­cle we look at whether or not Mem­ory Maker is right for you. And we have 5 com­mon sense tips about us­ing tech­nol­ogy at WDW.

We have a re­ally cool lineup in the Best of WDW this month. It starts out with my fa­vorite at­trac­tion at Walt Dis­ney World and one of the most pop­u­lar, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. How did we miss that one? Then we head over to Saratoga Springs and look at the Saratoga Springs Re­sort and the Tree­house Vil­las. Our restau­rant of the month has two lo­ca­tions at WDW it’s the Rain­for­est Café. And our gift shop this month is UNIGLO.

Like I said, re­ally cool lineup.

Next comes Sec­tion k!. Wally D gets things started with a look at some of the tech­nol­ogy de­signed by legendary Imag­i­neer Ub Iw­erks. The Parks kids get more in­volved in con­ser­va­tion and of course we have our cool down­load­able ac­tiv­i­ties.

What is your fa­vorite high tech ride? How about clas­sic animatronics? Which Dis­ney

tech­nol­ogy are you most ex­cited about or is the most help­ful? These are the ques­tions that kick off the Fanzone.

Would you like to know how to make the Margherita pizza that’s served at Via Napoli? That sounds good. We have the recipe. Yummy.

Have you en­tered our photo of the month con­test? Check out the re­sults from this month and then look at Valen­tines Day Vinyl­ma­tions and spe­cial Tsum Tsums.

When we first came up with the Tech­nol­ogy at WDW topic, I knew we had to in­ter­view Len Testa. Len is the brains be­hind Tour­ing­plans.com. Let’s just say we’re big fans. It’s a great in­ter­view es­pe­cially if you like Tech­nol­ogy.

Oh, we’re not done yet. Around the World is our last sec­tion but it’s a great way to end. Kind of like the fire­works at the end of the day at WDW.

Around the World kicks off with a look at The News of the month fol­lowed by a look at the Sa­van­nah’s at the An­i­mal King­dom Lodge. Did You Know that Dis­ney pro­duces 30 tons of food each month in their gar­dens? That’s just one of the cool facts in this month’s Did You Know ar­ti­cle.

And the big fin­ish…

The is­sue wraps up with a bang with our Dis­ney That Never Was ar­ti­cle that looks at the orig­i­nal plans for Di­noland USA and The Ex­ca­va­tor roller coaster. That would have been cool.

We wrap up with a look at what’s go­ing on Around the World of Dis­ney.

We could go on for days, weeks and months talk­ing about Dis­ney tech­nol­ogy. (We’re kinda geeky.) But I think you’ll like what we’ve put to­gether.

Go ahead. Get started.

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