Imagineering Abandons Rear-Projected Animatronic Faces for New Version of Frozen Ever After

    When Frozen Ever After opens this November in Hong Kong Disneyland, it will come with upgraded animatronics that will abandon the rear-projected faces that EPCOT’s version of the ride has. In this teaser image put out by Disney, we can see that the faces are sculpted, which will avoid many of the complaints of the EPCOT version of the ride.

    Here’s a closer look.

    And here’s a look at the same scene from Frozen Ever After in EPCOT with the rear-projected faces. The rear-projection effect is amplified by digital cameras, but remains unflattering in person.

    It would be amazing if Disney World would invest in its Frozen ride with a refreshed lineup of animatronics that ditch the rear-projection, but it’s unlikely that Disney would be willing to spend the money. Disney World has not announced any changes for Frozen Ever After at EPCOT, which is the original version of the ride that will be replicated around the world.

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    1. Disney needs to do the real animatronic faces for all rides and dump the projectors. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway along with Frozen would look much better. Use the projectors only where the effect wouldn’t work or look right.

    2. It appears your photos are exaggerating the rear projection effect. However, it would help to make it more realistic if Disney Imagineers simply turned down the brightness of the rear projection.

      • Follow-up: What would also help if Disney used translucent skin-colored plastic for the face; rather than bright white.

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