Tech YouTuber tries out WDI's HoloTile floor to explore a virtual Disney Park with Apple Vision Pro

Apr 26, 2024 in "Walt Disney Imagineering"

Posted: Friday April 26, 2024 12:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee was granted rare access to Walt Disney Imagineering research labs and was the first person outside the company to try out the much-talked-about HoloTile floor.

Marques delves into the intricacies of the HoloTile technology, showcasing its innovative features and how it works. He demonstrates its capabilities, such as manipulating objects with a mere gesture, traversing the surface, its potential application in theme parks, and even embarking on a virtual journey through Disneyland with Apple Vision Pro.

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DCBakerMay 11, 2024

If you'd like to learn a little more about Lanny Smoot, CBS aired a new interview with him today.

BrianApr 26, 2024

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ThelazerJan 20, 2024

All the need do is set those experiences up as a "lighting lane" type access, while your already at the park you just add on $299 Light sabor training, take a quick immersive shuttle over, have a 20 min experience and be back in the park. Problem solved and it would sell out slots all day long.

JoeCamelJan 20, 2024

I'll believe that when I can buy an extendable light sabre and use it as one

MagicHappens1971Jan 20, 2024

Say what you want about Starcruiser, but things like the Lightsaber training and many other functions of the experience were incredible. The problem is that a lot of these experiences are not (practically) scalable. And thatโ€™s (one of many reasons) why they got โ€œlockedโ€ behind a paywall.

_calebJan 20, 2024

In the video, I noticed a segment where there's a wooden crate moving across the holotile and someone in the foreground is waving their hand as if to use the Force to move it! Loads of people around here insist WDI has lost it ("Disney forgot how to innovate"), but Lanny's work, and stuff we've seen from WDI's stuntronics/robotics divisions prove that any struggles at the parks are a management issue, not a creative one.

MisterPenguinJan 19, 2024

All future walk-through attractions will be just one small room.

JoeCamelJan 19, 2024

Obviously this is for a MJ moonwalkthrough attraction.......

James AlucobondJan 19, 2024

I could see this being interesting in an Encanto attraction. There are a lot of similarities between the motion it produces and how Casita works, and you could use it with objects instead of guests.

DisneyCaneJan 19, 2024

I can also see it used as a tool for filming. People can walk without actually going anywhere. It can save on studio space for certain scenes. I doubt a guest would walk on it but I guess it could be turned into a ride system where you have a wheel-less ride vehicle that rides on it. I leave it to people with much more creativity than I have to figure out the ride it would be used for.

Tha RealestJan 19, 2024

Given how much of WDWโ€™s clientele have walking issues and the liability issues, I could see this sort of insertion being viewed as ableist.

PurduevianJan 19, 2024

I doubt a guest will ever step on this type of floor, but it could make for some really interesting performances. Kind of like the Rey treadmill from Star cruiser, if they ever do another Star Wars stunt show it could be a very cool effect.