Robot Security Guards (?!) Could Be Coming Soon to Orlando Theme Parks

There is a lot of very advanced technology we see throughout theme parks around the world.

Runaway Railway

There are trackless ride systems and drones, and we’ve seen projection mapping and even real lightsabers just at Disney Parks alone. Theme parks are usually trying to use the latest and greatest technology when embarking on new projects, so it’s understandable that they regularly look at new inventions and devices. Well, a new invention could be coming soon to Orlando theme parks, and it has to do with robots.

Robotic security guards could be coming to Orlando theme parks. The company Robotic Assistance Devices has created the ROAMEO 2.0, which is short for Rugged Observation Assistance Mobile Electronic Officer. It’s 6.5 feet tall, 750 pounds, and moves around on 4 wheels, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Courtesy: RAD via the Orlando Sentinel

The robot units are debuting in theme parks for the first time at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas this week as part of a pilot project, where they will patrol parking lots during operational hours and roam the theme parks after close. Next week, one will be sent to Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.

The vice president of security and safety for Six Flags, Jason Freeman, says that Six Flag’s robots are programmed to recognize when people are in a restricted area, but they will not be responding or collecting information on specific individuals. So basically, the robots are looking at what a person is doing and notifying actual human security guards if they identify an issue, who will then respond.

©Six Flags || Magic Mountain

CEO of Robotic Assistance Devices, Steve Reinharz, says he has his sights set on Orlando next, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He said the company is in talks with Orlando theme park companies, but did not say which ones. Reinharz says he expects “to be in at least one theme park in Orlando by the end of the calendar year.”

According to the Sentinel, Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said Disney is not in contact with RAD.

Disney Springs security

These robots are designed to supplement human security personnel but can also perform the same duties as regular security staff, according to Reinharz via the Orlando Sentinel. He said “we don’t have some kind of mission of replacing security guards.” The security dealers from RAD say they’re having trouble filling security positions, so Reinharz sees this technology as a way to close those gaps and “fill security guard jobs that can’t be filled by anybody else.”

ROAMEO has an expected five-year lifespan, according to the company. The cost of the devices was not disclosed.

Courtesy: RAD via the Orlando Sentinel

We’ll keep you updated if we hear anything about these robots coming to the theme parks in Orlando, so stay tuned to DFB for more.

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FIRST LOOK at the Orange Bird Spirit Jersey Coming to EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival!

EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is in full swing, but we’ve got our sights set on another EPCOT festival too!

Look at this little guy!

EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival will kick off this spring with lots of eats, amazing gardens, specialty merchandise, and MORE. Now, we’ve got a sneak peek at a VERY cool Flower and Garden souvenir — and it features a beloved character! 

Check out this first look at the upcoming Orange Bird Spirit Jersey that will be available at the festival this year!

©Disney

The Original Florida Orange Bird has been a Disney World staple for years with his citrusy vibes. He often acts as a face for the Flower and Garden fest!

Orange Bird!

This year, it looks like you can celebrate your love for the lil guy with this new Spirit Jersey. It’s a pretty orange color (just like the Orange Bird!) with a pattern featuring oranges, orange blossoms, and the Orange Bird himself!

Orange Bird Mural

This Spirit Jersey will likely be available when the festival kicks off on March 2nd! Keep an eye on DFB so you don’t miss ANY EPCOT festival news!

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Ready to Plan for Your 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Trip?

Preorder the DFB Guide to the 2022 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival e-Book today! This 200+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable Outdoor Kitchens Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Preorder your 2022 edition today! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

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Photos: Nova Corps Starblaster Installed Outside of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind continues to take shape at EPCOT at Walt Disney World, and now the exterior of the building is starting to look like what we’ve seen in the concept art with the addition of the new Nova Corps Star Blaster. Once complete, this ship will be the signature icon of the Wonders […]

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Elizabeth Mitchell to Reprise Role as Carol/Mrs. Claus in the Disney+ Original Series “The Santa Clause”

Mrs. Claus will return in the Disney+ limited series spin-off of The Santa Clause franchise with Elizabeth Mitchell confirmed to be reprising her role. What’s Happening: Carol, aka Mrs. Claus, will rejoin Scott Calvin in the Disney+ original series spin-off of The Santa Clause films. Elizabeth Mitchell has been confirmed for the series by Deadlline, reprising the role […]

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Hong Kong Disneyland COVID-19 Closure Extended Through February 17

Hong Kong Disneyland Castle of Magical Dreams sunset

Hong Kong Disneyland is currently closed due to a wave of COVID-19 cases. What was originally scheduled to be a two-week closure has been extended to February 17.

Here is what the Hong Kong Disneyland website says:

  • As required by the government and health authorities and in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland Park will temporarily close from Jan 7 to Feb 17, 2022.
  • The resort hotels will remain open with adjusted level of services. Service at restaurants and recreation facilities in hotels will be adjusted according to the latest regulations.
  • These arrangements will be adjusted from time to time with reference to the latest government requirements.
  • Unused Park Tickets and/or Designated In-Park Products with expiry dates falling within the Park’s temporary closure period (from January 7 to Feb 17, 2022) will be extended. For hotel bookings with check-in date falling within this period, free cancellation can be arranged if required. The validity date for Magic Access Memberships will also be extended. More details will be communicated through our official website when park reopens.

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Adam Brody is the latest casting announcement for the FX on Hulu limited series Fleishman Is in Trouble. What’s Happening: The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the latest casting announcements for Fleishman Is in Trouble, an FX on Hulu limited series based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s novel of the same name. Adam Brody (Mrs. America) will play Seth, a close friend […]

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What’s New in Magic Kingdom: Restocked Popcorn Buckets and…Holiday Ears?

Howdy from Magic Kingdom!

Isn’t she lovely?

We’ve had a few rainy days in the parks lately, but that’s okay — a rainy day in Disney World is better than a sunny day at home (in our opinion, at least!). There have been some big crowds though recently, and we’re not exactly sure why, since it’s technically the slow season in Disney World. But, we do like to keep up with what’s going on around the parks so you can stay updated, so let’s take a look at what’s new in Magic Kingdom!

Magic Kingdom Food Updates

Main Street Confectionery

Over at the Confectionery, we spotted these new Dove Chocolate bars! They’re perfect as a little Valentine’s Day treat for $4.49.

Chocolateeee

We also found some other fun treats for the holiday, like this festive Mickey Rice Krispie treat

YUM

…and this caramel apple!

Yes, please

Both are decorated with some pink, red, and white M&M’s.

Pinocchio Village Haus

If you’re looking for some classic theme park food that’s gluten free in Magic Kingdom, you’re in luck! There are now gluten-free chicken nuggets with fries over at Pinocchio Village Haus.

Gluten-Free people rejoice!

The nuggets were really good and crunchy and the fries are cooked in the same oil as the nuggets so there’s no cross-contamination. You can get these for $10.29.

Click here to see our full review of these gluten-free chicken nuggets!

Magic Kingdom Construction Updates

Splash Mountain

Construction continues on Splash Mountain, so we thought we’d give you the latest look at the work!

Work work work work work

The ride is just undergoing routine maintenance right now, it’s not time for that The Princess and the Frog makeover yet.

A little bit of water on the track from the rain

We saw some scaffolding allll the way up at the top of the drop — yikes! That’s a little too high for us.

Ah!

The ride should be open again in mid-February, so we’ll keep you updated!

Magic Kingdom Merchandise Updates

The Emporium

We found a new Hawkeye toy in The Emporium that features Clint in his purple suit with two different heads, some weapons, and (most importantly) Lucky the Pizza Dog!

Pizza Dog!!!

You can get them for $29.99.

We love Pizza Dog with our whole hearts

We saw a bunch of new jewelry in here last week, and now there’s another piece in the collection — these Cinderella bird earrings for $29.99.

Pretty!

There is also a new Jack Skellington shirt-jacket-hoodie combo! We actually have seen this in Disneyland, but it’s new to Magic Kingdom.

A jacket? A hooded shirt? Both?

You can get it for $64.99.

Uptown Jewelers

In Uptown Jewelers there are some new mini princess Pandora charms! We have Tiana

Tiana

Cinderella

Cindy

Jasmine

Jasmine

…and Ariel! These are all $55 each.

Ariel

There is also a new Captain America watch and pin set in here.

Avengers: Assemble

It’s $450 and features pins with Steve Rogers AND Sam Wilson as Captain America.

Love!

It’s also limited edition!

Main Street Cinema — Vault Collection

The new Harvey’s bags that feature a vintage map of Magic Kingdom are back in stock here!

SO cool

You can find them behind the counter, so ask a Cast Member about them.

They’re back!

The bags are $218 each.

Click here to see more pictures of this awesome bag!

Star Traders

In Star Traders, we found this new deer and fawn vase set as part of the recent cozy collection.

Cuties!

You can grab it for $44.99.

Fantasy Faire

There are new snowmen ears that light up in Fantasy Faire. We saw these online previously, but they arrived a little late for the holiday season in Disney World!

It’s not too late for some holiday cheer, right?!

You can grab some for the next holiday season for $32.86.

Click here to see more pictures of these ears!

Popcorn Buckets

A lot of popcorn buckets are back in stock around Magic Kingdom! We saw the 50th anniversary Mickey at the popcorn cart near the train station…

Mickey!

…and he was over at the cart in the Hub, along with Minnie and the gold Christmas tree buckets.

Spot them?

We found the Pink Mickey Balloon bucket in Frontierland…

It’s back!

…the Green Mickey Balloon bucket in Adventureland…

Look! They have ponchos

…and the Blue Mickey Balloon bucket in Tomorrowland!

Tomorrowland buckets

There is also a Casey Jr. bucket over in Fantasyland.

Dumbo Sipper & Casey Jr. Popcorn Bucket

Hurry up and grab them before they’re gone again!

Click here to see ALL of the popcorn buckets you can get in Disney World right now!

Magic Kingdom Additional Updates

Lightning Lanes

Lightning Lanes were added for characters in Magic Kingdom this week! You can now use a Lightning Lane through Genie+ to see Mickey

Skip the line!

…as well as the princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall, like Tiana and Rapunzel!

Lightning Lane sign at Princess Fairytale Hall

Now you can skip the line to meet these characters.

Find out more about these new Lightning Lanes here!

Toad Burger Earrings

Also over in Fantasyland, we found a Cast Member with the COOLEST earrings ever! This is CM Megan and her amazing Mr. Toad Burger earrings she made herself.

Incredible, adorable, spectacular, fantastic, show-stopping, iconic

It doesn’t get much more fun than that, people!

Click here to see more pictures of these awesome earrings!

Star Traders

Finally, there’s some new signage up behind the registers at Star Traders for the 50th anniversary.

New-New

That’s everything new in Magic Kingdom! Stay tuned to DFB for more Disney news and updates.

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“A Million Little Things” Season 4 Continues on February 23rd on ABC

Season 4 of ABC’s A Million Little Things will resume on Wednesday, February 23rd, at 10/9c. What’s Happening: Deadline has revealed that the winter premiere of A Million Little Things will occur on Wednesday, February 23rd, at 10/9c on ABC. Fans have been waiting since the eighth episode’s broadcast on December 1st to find out what comes next […]

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VIDEO: Walt Disney Imagineering Shares Behind-The-Scenes Look at Xandarian Starship Installation in EPCOT

Walt Disney Imagineering shared a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram of the installation of the Xandarian starship that now sits in front of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT.

Watch the video below.

Show Set Designer Kevin Doxey is featured in the video, discussing his role in the creation of the Nova Corps Starblaster and yesterday’s installation of the final wing.

The ship is over 50 feet tall and has a 54-foot wingspan.

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