Ep114: Where art meets technology

Aug 24, 2016 | Podcast episode, Podketeers

In this episode: In this episode we talk a bit about tickets to Mickey's Halloween party becoming available, Darth Vader appears in the second Rogue One trailer, real Lightsabers might be coming to Disneyland, California Adventure might be getting it's own annual pass, and Laika Studios releases their new film 'Kubo and the Two Stings' and we talk a bit about what went into creating it.

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Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are currently available. The prices range between $79 and $99 depending on the day that you want to go. As of this post only two days are sold old (10/21/16 and 10/29/16). The link to order is below but here is some general info from the Disney website:


The number of tickets available is limited. Events may sell out early. Online purchase is not available on the day of the event. Tickets are valid only during specific event dates and hours. Entertainment, ticket types, entitlements and prices subject to change without notice. Tickets may not be resold. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Parking can be purchased on the day of the event or online in advance of arrival.

*Costume Information: Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but must follow these guidelines as determined solely by Disney:

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Guests who dress like Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground (e.g., full-length Princess dresses).
  • For Guests ages 13 and younger:
    • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
  • For Guests ages 14 and older:
    • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
    • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
    • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
    • Guests may not wear masks of any kind.

The second official Star Wars: Rogue One trailer dropped and it was exciting to see a glimpse of Darth Vader! Although we don’t feel that he’ll play a major part in this movie it’ll just be nice to see him bridge the gap between the films even more. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the trailer, here it is:

Photo by Ryan Waniata of Digital Trends

Disney was recently awarded a patent (originally filed Jan 2015) to bring “real Lightsabers” into the parks. In what was called an “Audience Interaction Projection System” the patent states the following:

“An entertainment environment has a user with a faux light saber that interacts with a drone flying through the air or operated with hidden rods to appear as if its flying through the air. The faux light saber has LEDs attached thereto to provide IR light to the drone. As an LED is turned on, an invisible light sensor built into the drone captures an image of the field of view with a bright spot at the position of the activated LED. A visible light source built into the drone then projects light through particulate matter toward the faux light saber. As a result, the uses is provided with the illusion that the faux light saber has deflected a laser beam. Multiple LEDs can be activated in sequence at various times to give user the impression that the movement by the users of the faux light saber is deflecting multiple laser beams.”

So what does it all mean? It means that Disney is working on technology that will allow you to hold a fake Lightsaber and make it so that drones or animatronics shoot “lasers” at you AND you can deflect them by swatting them back towards the animatronic (just like in the movies).

Although it seems dangerous to use this tech as part of parades or in large groups (due to people waiving around Lightsabers, we can see this tech uses in shows and interactive experiences like the ‘Jedi Training Academy’.

What do you think? Are you execited about this tech coming to the parks? Where do you think it would be implemented? Leave a comment down below.

To check out the original article by io9 click here.



Information about a new annual pass specifically for California Adventure that would only be available at Costco has surfaced. The new “Fun Pass” is speculated to be $329.99 (with a special collectible pin) and will be valid for 12 months from the first day that you use it (the first use must be no later than 12/1/16). You would also get a 10% discount on merchandise, food and beverages. The pass isn’t “official” yet but it looks like it may be coming as early as this week at Costco stores. A couple of interesting things about this pass is that it will include black out dates (which have not been announced) but it is also roughly the same price as the ‘Disney Southern California Select Passport ($329.00). Even though the “SoCal Select” pass also has black-out dates, it gives you access to both parks. Plus, you can’t get the Costco on a monthly payment plan to pay it off. It’s always difficult to know why Disney runs these types of marketing tests especially for a park that’s not as fully-featured as Disneyland but what do you think? Would you but a DCA only pass? Is the $329.99 price fair? Leave your comments down below.

Photo by Ryan Waniata of Digital Trends

The word “ambitious” has been used to describe Laika studios new film Kubo and the Two Strings. The film shot on Canon 5D Mark IIIs is visually stunning and it’s safe to say that they’ve raised the bar for stop-motion using new technology. In the past ten years, Laika has brought us Coraline, ParaNorman, and The BoxTrolls (all Oscar-nominated). President and CEO, Travis Knight stated that their work on these films is a mixture of art, craft, science and technology. This clearly comes through in the execution of their films with how different departments have learned to come together to help solve problems posed by characters like the Flying Moon Beast (a serpentine-like creature who’s body appears to be made of a hard shell). The artists at Laika use practical effects effects to achieve different looks in their films similar to those used by Disney Imagineers for attractions. One of the coolest ways that Laika uses technology is their use of 3D printing. They have using this tech since Coraline and it has vastly improved and evolved. From white plastic models that needed to be painted to teaming with 3D Systems to use a new technology called ‘color-powder printing’ which allows 3D prints to be in full color adding to their realism. Not having to paint was especially important because the amount of expressions needs for the characters has grown to help give them depth. In Coraline there were 207,000 expressions, both The BoxTrolls and ParaNorman had up to 1.5 million but Kubo required 48 million! Imagine the time saved!  Kubo  even boasts the largest puppet in the world: an 18-foot skeleton. There is no doubt that Laika is ushering a new wave of animation using stop-motion (in the US). Check out the trailer to the film below:

Until next time! °o°

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