A Farewell to Epcot's Norway Ride: How Fake Experiences Shaped My Life

I've never been to Norway. I guess it's supposed to be like Minnesota, but with more fjords and trolls or something. But you know where I have been? Epcot. Which is kind of the same thing. Right? » 10/06/14 4:34pm 10/06/14 4:34pm

How Disney Upgrades The Haunted Mansion to Scare New Generations of Fans

The manifesting and disappearing ghosts in the grand ballroom of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion aren't holograms or digital projections. They're based on Pepper's Ghost, a nineteenth century technique that, until the Haunted Mansion was constructed, had never been used on such a grand scale. » 9/04/14 11:20am 9/04/14 11:20am

The Secret Tech Behind Disney's Haunted Mansion Illusions

"Perhaps Madame Leota can establish contact," the Ghost Host decides. "She has a remarkable head for materializing...the disembodied!" As the Ghost Host is speaking, the Doom Buggies make their way into a dim parlor and take their place around a large seance circle. » 9/03/14 10:22am 9/03/14 10:22am

Happy Birthday (and RIP) to Disney World's Best Ride Ever

Disney World Will Slap Your Head On a Stormtrooper Now

Last summer guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios had the opportunity to get a miniature version of themselves frozen in carbonite thanks to the magic of 3D printing. And this year that one-of-a-kind souvenir will be available again, with the addition of a Stormtrooper option if you like what the Empire has been doing… » 5/10/13 8:57am 5/10/13 8:57am

You Can Get Your Face Frozen In Carbonite Now

You no longer have to be a smuggler who drops his shipments at the first sign of an Imperial cruiser to be frozen in carbonite. As part of its Star Wars-themed weekends, Disney World is now offering that service to all of its guests. » 5/09/12 10:40am 5/09/12 10:40am

Watch the Spooky New High-Tech Ghosts at Disney World's Haunted Mansion

The imagineers at Disney World recently made the dangerous decision to fiddle with Haunted Mansion, one of the park's finest attractions, reworking the holographic hitchhiking ghosts that appear to join you in your car as you leave the ride. But wait!, you say. Stop! It's not broke! Don't fix it! Normally I would… » 4/06/11 10:40am 4/06/11 10:40am

The Magic Behind Disneyland's Sound

Part of what makes Disneyland such an immersive experience is the sophisticated sound design found throughout the park. Across dozens of narrative worlds, hundreds of sound cues must be deployed at just the right moment to keep the visitors suspended in disbelief. Here's a look at the extraordinarily talented… » 2/24/11 1:39pm 2/24/11 1:39pm

21 National Monuments Under Construction

Lady Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge—they didn't just appear there one day. Here's a look at what some of America's greatest monuments looked like before they became the iconic images we know today. » 12/31/10 6:00pm 12/31/10 6:00pm

How Disney World is Making Lines Go Faster

Before the advent of smartphones and video games, Disney World bosses didn't think too much about queues. But now that everyone's impatient—and tweeting that impatience—they've employed heaps of new tech to track and organize growing lines for rides. » 12/29/10 6:40am 12/29/10 6:40am

Save Hundreds and Take the Kids to Disney World's...Free iPad App

I'm sure they'd be just as enthralled jiggling homescreen icons around on an iPad as they would at Disney World, but if not you can now treat them with a trip to visit Tinkerbell—through the 360-degree iPad app. » 10/18/10 4:00am 10/18/10 4:00am

The Haunted Mansion's House Band

We love figuring out how things work, but in the case of this video—a bizarre musical performance involving disembodied holographic heads—it's probably better to just behold. OK, fine, speculate how they did it in the comments. [Make] » 2/23/10 10:40pm 2/23/10 10:40pm

Tilt-Shift Photography Turns Disney World Into Epic Toy Set

Disney World is essentially one big toy model, so in many cases, its miniaturization through the magic of tilt-shift photography ironically looks more natural than actually being there. As as pile of trinkets, Disney World actually seems pretty normal. [TechEBlog] » 10/15/09 2:00pm 10/15/09 2:00pm

'Robobama' Gets Prepped for July 4th Debut at Disney World

Disney technicians are hard at work on an incredibly-lifelike robotic version of President Obama. Dick Cheney is reportedly working on a virus to cause the robot to fail. » 5/22/09 1:00pm 5/22/09 1:00pm

Animatronic Wall-E Entertains Guests At Disneyland, Charges $5 For a…

What's even better than a Wall-E robot toy made by WowWee? A Wall-E robot toy made by the animatronic people at Disney. This Wall-E robot is supposed to roam around Disneyland/Disney World entertaining patrons, but got spotted on the streets of LA panhandling and glad-handing for cash. You know who else can say… » 5/16/08 3:50pm 5/16/08 3:50pm

Mrs. Potato Head BSOD Reeks of Disney Magic

Call it juvenile, but a good Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) cracks me up every time. And when it's presented with so much pride by an unsuspecting Mrs. Potato Head...all the better. Snapped at Disney World, one reader couldn't resist sharing the experience. » 4/09/08 11:40am 4/09/08 11:40am

Welcome to the dark side, Danny. With time and study, we'll…