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Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 15, 2003 10:15 am/pm

Dinosaur to Walk DCA, Stitch's New Assignment and More

Al Lutz at < MiceAge > says that among the continuing changes to Disney's California Adventure will be that walking giant animatronic, now looking like a dinosaur (and named "Lucky"), plus other rumors about further changes planned for that Disneyland Resort theme park.

< Read the complete details >.

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 16, 2003 12:26 am/pm

Quick quote: "...currently planned to make its public debut in DCA's Hollywood Pictures Backlot district the last two weeks of August. These appearances will really just be a series of lightly publicized advanced tests before WDI ships Lucky out to the East Coast for a splashy media promotion..."

Can you say, WDW's October media event?!?

Animal Kingdom, here it comes!  :wwww:

Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 21, 2003 7:56 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

The rumor about the first true walking Audio Animatronic from Disney Imagineering has become true! that's why this group of messages has been moved out of the Disney Echo's Rumors section to this message forum about Disneyland Resort.

< > happened to be at Disney's California Adventure on August 20 and by sheer luck caught a soft opening demonstration of Lucky the Dinosaur - the first standalone, walking Audio-Animatronic.

< See their report, which includes two photos and two videos of Lucky! (Click here.) >

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 08, 2003 1:02 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!


Ed has posted about his experiences with Lucky the dinosaur at Disney's California Adventure complete with pictures and technical details plus his thinking on how it all works.

Check it out here: < >.

Posted by: Peggo on Sep. 09, 2003 9:36 am/pm

Whoa! That is so cool. Lucky looks like a Dinotopia dinosaur. I'd love to see that. I'm a big dino fan.
Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 23, 2003 4:30 am/pm


Jennifer Garner star of ABC’s hit series “Alias,” meets Lucky the Dinosaur, the latest in Audio Animatronics from Walt Disney Imagineering. The technology marks its 40th anniversary this year. Garner was among 90 network stars appearing at the second annual “ABC Primetime Preview Weekend,” held September 6th and 7th at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim. The two-day event gives fans the chance to mix and mingle with their favorite ABC stars.


Bonnie Hunt, star of the ABC series “Life with Bonnie,” gives a big kiss to Lucky, the Dinosaur.


Lucky the dinosaur, a major breakthrough in Audio-Animatronics characters by Walt Disney Imagineering, made his debut in the shadow if his ancestors at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This gentle creature personally interacts with children and families.


Lucky and his pal Chandler the Dinosaur Handler.


Jesus Lopez, 11, from Sepulveda Middle School in Los
Angeles, got a rare opportunity to interact with a dinosaur named Lucky.


Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 23, 2003 4:35 am/pm

Imagineering Tests “Dino-mite” Technology

From < Disney Online >:

This summer, Walt Disney Imagineering began testing a major advancement in Audio-Animatronics® technology with a Dinosaur (named "Lucky") in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot of Disney's California Adventure. For the first time since Disney developed Audio Animatronics figures 40 years ago, a walking figure can move freely and independently, and interact with guests close up. Fortunate guests got to meet Lucky during several special appearances.

Lucky is the latest innovation of the "Living Characters" initiative of Walt Disney Imagineering. The focus is on creating increasingly life-like characters capable of engaging in personalized experiences with our guests. "This is an important milestone in creativity and technology that brings Disney characters to life in a whole new way," said Bruce Vaughn, VP, Research & Development, Walt Disney Imagineering.

The newest Audio Animatronics figure is a high-end system of computers, animation software, electronic actuators, wrapped in great storytelling and amazing creativity. The result is an experience WDI believes is as revolutionary as the technology that enabled the Mr. Lincoln figure to stand up 39 years ago.

Due to the nature of the "play test," there was no set schedule of operating times and those Guests in the area during the tests had the fortunate experience of seeing this new creature under development. Lucky's visit to Disney's California Adventure was only a test and Lucky has now returned to Walt Disney Imagineering for a special assignment in technology transfer. When Lucky decides to make a return visit, we'll let you know!

< Click here to see Disney's video about Lucky the Dinosaur! >



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