I’m very curious by nature, which plays along nicely with my Disney fascination. As such, I occasionally run across things that I find interesting and I think, “hey, Disney should take a look at this“. Today, I found just such an idea. Take a look and see if you agree:
With the rain that central Florida gets almost every day in the summer time, this would be an incredible idea to do in the parks, at the resorts, around pools, etc. etc.
They already do something similar in the parks, in almost a reverse kind of way with soap and water. Disney artists, masquerading as custodians can be found on occasion drawing characters on the sidewalks (see video below). So, why not do this in more of a permanent kind of way. It would be just another of those “hidden magic” items you find at Disney, only these would “magically” appear when it rains.
You can see more about Rainworks at: http://rain.works/
My wife and were driving in the car today, running some errands and we had our GPS turned on and giving directions to help find the place we were headed. The standard voice was getting a little monotonous though because we decided to take a diversion and get something to drink. When all of a sudden, both my wife and just started talking about how neat it would be if we could get our favorite Disney characters to talk to us and give us directions. I mean, how cool would it be to hear any of the following:
Mickey Mouse – “Say Pal, where are we headed today”, “Oh-oh, looks like we missed the turn, hold on while I find a new way”
Minnie Mouse – “Turn right at the next street”
Goofy – “Gawrsh, I think we missed the turn, hold on a minute and I’ll figure it out”
Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Timone and Pumba, Lilo and Stitch, or any of the many other great characters.
Just think about how much fun it would be to have all your favorite characters giving directions on your GPS. And kids would love it (as well as a few adults too). It could make a routine trip to the store a lot more fun when you’ve got your favorite Disney character giving directions.
So, Disney should send a few of their voice actors to the studio for a half day and record the 60 or so common sayings for GPS devices, then release these for sell on their web-site or others. Or, they could even partner with a specific GPS manufacturer and build a Disney-branded GPS device with the voices already built-in.
After publishing this, I saw where TomTom has recorded several voices from Star Wars, including Darth Vader and Yoda. They made a couple of videos advertising the recording sessions which are quite funny and worth a watch. This would seem to prove that my idea for Disney doing this might also be a good idea.