Disney’s Tech Magic

As a result of heading to Disney World for a much needed break and to “celebrate” the big Five 0, I wanted to make this week’s science article somehow Disney related.

As one would expect Disney World relies heavily on an army of cleanliness minded custodians to keep their sprawling worlds of wonder clean and the visitors away form unsightly messes.

After all those trips to Disney between 1985 & 2013 I finally witnessed one of these myself during our December 2013 visit.

After all those trips to Disney between 1985 & 2013 I finally witnessed one of these myself during our December 2013 visit.

However this is Disney World so even this routine and often boring job often renders a smile-inducing show for the guests.

I have been to Disney World countless times starting all the way back in September of 1985 when we spent our honeymoon there, not realizing where that trip would lead us. I note this because it was not until one of my visits last year that I managed to see this myself.

Often you apparently get 2 characters for the price of 1.

Often you apparently get 2 characters for the price of 1.

At Disney world, janitors called Showkeepers who keep the streets pristine. Many of them have the uncanny ability to draw larger than life versions of beloved Disney characters like Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Snow White and even my personal favorite, Mary Poppins.

Using just a mop, some water and a love of all things Disney, the showmen and women pause their janitorial duties now and then to whip up cartoon visions of cinematic legends and new favorites like Stitch, Carl from Up and Mike from Monsters Inc.

Another unrelated Disney World “tech items” is the amazing manner in which they can almost always predict when your “magical express” will be there to get you. When you wait for your ride to one of the parks at your resort you can often know in advance when you will be on you way.

I took this pictures about a year ago when this new technology was just being tested.

I took this pictures about a year ago when this new technology was just being tested.

Ok that’s enough tech talk for this week. Let head off to Disney World.

Have a magical day! 

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