The Walt Disney Company is certainly pulling out all the stops for the Disney100 celebration this year, they’re honoring their founder, the man who started it all, Walt Disney himself, in a big way and giving Guests a treat they couldn’t have imagined in their wildest dreams.
The Disney100 celebration marks an enormous milestone for the Walt Disney Company. Through the ups and downs of the last 100 years, the Mouse House has come out as one of the pioneers in the field of entertainment. The media giant now owns multiple properties and is the biggest name in the industry.
Disney100—the short form of Disney 100 Years of Wonder—is the celebration that marks this all. And Disney is doing their bit, paying homage to the man who started it all.
Here is a first look at the #Disney100 exhibition featuring Walt himself.
Disney used archival video and AI tools to create a lifelike hologram of Walt. The full-size digital avatar speaks in Walt’s voice as part of the exhibition. pic.twitter.com/Rz6yhxaKtZ
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As reported by the New York Times, the man who has been dead for nearly 57 years now will be greeting visitors on two continents. For Disney100, the Walt Disney Company is using archival video and the technology that has taken the world by storm—artificial intelligence, AI—to create a lifelike hologram of the Mouse House’s founder. The hologram reportedly is a full-size digital one that speaks in Walt Disney’s voice and appears as a part of a set of interactive Disney exhibitions that will go on a global tour until 2028 (at least).
Becky Cline, director of the Disney Archives, commented that she “got goosebumps” every time she saw it. The founder of this incredible creative and entertainment giant is still beloved by fans. For example, last year, rare footage of Walt Disney defending Disney adults was making the rounds. The Walt Disney World Resort has also made sure to honor both Walt Disney and his brother Roy O. Disney in their own way.
Along with this, the Disney Parks, and particularly as revealed during D23 Expo last year, Disneyland Resort—both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park—are going to see new decor, especially for the 100th-anniversary celebration. Sleeping Beauty Castle is going to be decked out. Disney also released a Super Bowl LVII advertisement (that was, with all things Disney, slightly controversial) called Disney100: Special Look.
You can read the full article here, and find out more about Disney100:The Exhibition here. In the United States, it will be on view at the Franklin Institute.