The Newest in Animatronics at Disney

Thursday finally found us making our way to Disneyland, thanks to that wonder of benefits called flex time. We found ourselves rather giddily hopping on the Buzz Lightyear AstroBlasters three times in a row with no wait. Unfortunately, even though we asked prettily, the guys wouldn’t let us just stay on, we had to get off and get back into the nonexistent line. Boo on crabby ride operators. You have no business being crabby at the Happiest Place on Earth!

After the third time, we noticed a crowd gathered around what looked remarkably like a trashcan. Well, it was a trashcan, but it just so happened to be a talking trashcan. It had wheels that enabled it to whirl around, and I think it’s “mouth” moved, but that could have been just a by-product of the wheel movement. I’m not really all that familiar with the mechanics of talking trashcans.

As the trashcan bantered with my son, asking him his name and doing R2-D2 impressions, I knew there had to be someone with a camera or a remote, so I looked around. There he was, trying to blend into the crowd, but his hand over his mouth and the bulky bag at his feet containing the remote apparatus was a dead giveaway. I had a manic urge to point him out, but how could I ruin the fun for all the kids, who were totally enchanted? And let me tell you, this guy was hilarious. It made my son’s day that the trashcan at Disneyland knew his name and wanted to play hide and seek.

You might say simple minds, simple pleasures, but that trashcan is pretty cool. I hope they keep it.

3 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 7:57 am

    I first saw Push (he told me his name when i saw him) a couple years ago at an employee party. He is great! The last couple times I’ve seen him the operator was easy to spot but the first few times he was nowhere to be found. It’s great fun for the kids, glad you had a good day!

  2. hope (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 11:13 am

    Ruin it for the kids!!!!! ya just ruined it for me. I thought it was the magic of disney.

  3. LipLash (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

    The remote for Push has a very short range. So the “operator” (actually and Entertainment Cast Member) is always much closer than you would think. Sometimes he/she is right behind the people he is talking to (always with his camcorder bag and talking into his wrist).

    – LipLash

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