Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Disney Daily News 10/23/23

Here’s the latest news from Disney:

Robin Williams’ voice returns as Genie from ‘Aladdin’ in new Disney short — without AI

  • Disney CG animator Jorge Ruiz expresses interest in animating the character
  • Eric Goldberg helps animate the genie character he originally animated in Aladdin
  • Disney goes back to Robin Williams’ estate for permission to use archived recordings
  • The team pieces together the voices and characters into a nine-minute short
  • One sequence with Ariel is cut for not having enough dialogue

MagicBand+ Launching this Summer, ‘Hey Disney!’ Digital Voice Assistant Later in 2022 at Walt Disney World

  • MagicBand+ wearable launching this summer at Walt Disney World
  • It will light up, vibrate, and enable gesture recognition during the day
  • ‘Hey Disney!’ voice assistant launching later this year at Disney Resort hotels
  • It can help guests with planning, amenities, and Disney character interactions
  • Over 25 characters like Mickey Mouse and Olaf will respond to voice prompts

Disney begins rollout of ‘Hey Disney’ device in hotel rooms

  • Hey, Disney! now available in some rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • It features Disney character voices and over 1,000 magical interactions
  • Guests can ask questions about parks, request amenities, set alarms
  • Complimentary and optional – can be removed from room if desired

How Disney Animation’s ‘Once Upon a Studio‘ Pays Spectacular Tribute to Disney’s Legacy

  • The short film features 543 Disney characters to celebrate 100 years
  • It was written and directed by Dan Abraham and Trent Correy
  • They worked to honor each character’s unique style and interactions
  • Richard Sherman returned at 94 to rerecord “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins
  • It pays tribute to the artistry, technology, and legacy of Disney animation