Disneyland intros animatronic muppets

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Our kids are still talking about our recent trip to Disneyland. In fact, Jared has decided that his birthday party next year will be held there. Well, it seems by going when we did, we missed out on a cool new attraction -- Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, tooling about the California Adventure park all on their own. If you're not familiar with these two, you're probably too young to remember The Muppet Show or the various Muppet movies.

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew was the Muppet Show's resident scientist, accompanied by his sidekick Beaker. His experiments always went awry, resulting in grievious harm to the easily upsettable Beaker. According to our friends over at Engadget, the pair will soon be zipping around the California Adventure park in a custom, cartoonish rocket ship. Controlled by operators located elsewhere and using onboard microphones and cameras, the duo will be able to interact with guests in almost any environment.

This will be first in a host of new entertainers, including characters who would be too small to have a human inside ("as opposed to mice, dogs, and ducks, which are just the right size," as Engadget notes). As a nerd myself, I think this technology is pretty cool and I love the good doctor and Beaker. Here's another reason to go back to Disneyland!

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