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A Groot Robot May Be Leading Interactive Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Parties in Disneyland Soon


Disneyland and Walt Disney Imagineering are currently conducting a series of playtests of a Groot robot audio-animatronic that will soon be walking and dancing around Disneyland parks all over the world. This top-secret project has been in the making for years now and is set to be revealed at the unveiling of the Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure.

Lucky park visitors first got a glimpse of the young 3-foot Groot robot in 2021 as they watched the audio-animatronic robot take part in a Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance-Off during a playtest. Disney also teased the Groot robot at a virtual press event as a way to announce the opening of their Avengers Campus.

After showcasing progress on the project, the people at Disneyland and Walt Disney Imagineering aim to have the Groot robot roam freely and interact with people with the use of custom software.

Seeing as how Disneyland has a history of successfully creating and inventing audio-animatronics that wow people and defy what is possible, their goal of making a Groot robot that can convey emotions and perform specific behaviors that will make visitors believe that are really meeting Groot rather than a “sophisticated robot” is not far fetched.

Aside from creating the Groot robot, Disneyland and Walt Disney Imagineering are also developing Rocket Racoon, Baby Yoda, and Winnie the Pooh to interact with parkgoers at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. These are all in line with Disneyland’s plan of adding more sentient robots in their parks and using next-gen robots and ‘Blue Sky’ technologies to create an advanced emotional experience for all parkgoers.

Linda Takahashi

American-born New Yorker Linda Johnson has been fascinated with robotic machines since she was a teenager, when her father, a surgeon, would introduce to her the machines that he used to perform keyhole surgeries. This interest led her to pursue a tech degree at the University of Washington, where she met Sota Takahashi. They married and now have two children. Linda’s father developed dementia later on and was given a robot pet as a companion. She saw how much having a robot pet friend helped her father, which is what led her to create this website and advocate to spread word about robot pets and how they can help both children and the elderly.

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