Five Reasons Why Disney Fans Will Love the Metaverse
We are heading toward a golden age for Disney fans.
Soon, Disney will unveil its ambitious plans for the metaverse, aka Web 3.0.
At that time, we’ll learn how Disney plans to augment our reality by sprinkling in a bit of pixie dust.
However, we can already guess some ways that the digital Disney realm will enhance our lives.
Here are five reasons why Disney fans will love the multiverse.
You Can Live with Mickey Mouse
Are you familiar with Hey Disney!, the upcoming Amazon virtual assistant update? It’ll allow users to sub out Alexa for Mickey Mouse!
That’s not the only option, either! Many of your favorite Disney characters will provide voices, fundamentally changing the Alexa experience.
Disney officials love this tech so much that they’re adding it to hotel rooms!
Remarkably, we’re barely scratching the surface with this premise. In fact, a remarkable product called the Amazon Glow Projector already exists.
This device turns a rectangular electronics device into a portal to the Disney realm!
Kids can chat with family members via the device. In doing so, they can interact with stories and characters, including Disney ones!
These two devices represent Disney’s first step toward the metaverse.
Right now, we are raising a generation of children who always presume that Disney characters are readily accessible via technology.
That should be your baseline expectation whenever you think of Disney’s metaverse.
Characters like Mickey Mouse will gain a presence in your home. If your favorite character is – oh, I don’t know – Stitch, you make him appear in your home.
I don’t mean as a two-dimensional object like a Funko Pop!, either. Instead, I’m talking about a three-dimensional digital construct of Stitch.
He’ll engage in all the wacky shenanigans you’d expect. But, more importantly, he’d think of you as his ‘ohana, which is reason enough to love the metaverse.
Disney All the Time
This reason ties into what I just said. Imagine blanketing your home with Disney characters.
People pay millions of dollars already to do this at Golden Oak, the official Walt Disney World neighborhood.
Thanks to the metaverse, you can accomplish the same goal for little to no money.
The premise involves augmented reality, which will soon become a default part of internet engagement.
Devices like the Amazon Echo will evolve into ones that display digital images. What we once called Alexa will evolve into a classic sci-fi trope.
The computer A.I. will gain a physical appearance. You can change the appearance of this A.I. just like how you can currently switch voices.
In other words, Mickey Mouse won’t just sound right. He’ll look the part! Mickey – or Stitch! – will visit you in your own home.
Your children or grandchildren can have a tea party consisting of Disney Princesses as invited (digital) guests.
The paintings on your walls could include digital stories involving Disney characters. Of course, that technology already exists if you don’t know.
I’d like to introduce you to the Atmoph Window 2 with a Disney theme:
Oh, and there’s a Star Wars one, too:
Disney envisions a future where entire walls will feature digital displays. We’re not quite there yet, but the Samsung Frame represents the first step:
Friends, the metaverse is gonna bring Disney to your house SOON!
Theme Parks Visits Whenever You Want!
That’s not all, though. Disney will seek to monetize its theme parks in a way that was historically impossible.
What’s the one sticking point about attending the parks every day? You probably don’t live close to Orlando, Florida, or Anaheim, California.
So, you must travel to Disney theme parks to enjoy the greatness that resides within these places.
A few years from now, that won’t be the case. Presuming that the metaverse becomes something akin to Ready Player One, we can visit the parks from our homes.
Admittedly, that’s a logical leap that isn’t based in fact yet. For example, the bestselling V.R. headset in 2021 sold only 8.7 million copies.
In other words, we haven’t widely adopted V.R. as a society to date…and may not do so for some time.
Nausea issues persist for people who use V.R. headsets, especially when they do so for 60 minutes or more.
Until somebody solves this problem, the Ready Player One fantasies appear far-fetched.
Still, Disney plans to create virtual representations of its theme parks, ones you can visit at home.
I mean, Disney already did this more than a decade ago. Are you familiar with Kinect: Disneyland Adventures?
The same premise applies to a V.R. headset experience, only it’ll feel more realistic.
At some point TBD, you can virtually visit all six Disney theme parks. Have you ever wondered what Tokyo Disneyland is like?
You’ll slip on a V.R. headset and roam the streets of their Tomorrowland.
Plus, you can ride your favorites whenever you want as often as you want! There are no lines at your home!
Revisiting Defunct Attractions
The part that appeals to me is the potential walk down Sentimental Street.
Fans of nostalgia lament every change that occurs at Disney theme parks.
During the past week alone, I’ve watched people lose their minds over Resort T.V. rumors and the demolition of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror sign outside the parks.
People care so much about Disney theme parks that it’s almost unhealthy. When Disney alters something, it can feel like an attack on our life stories.
Thanks to the metaverse, we can roll back those changes, though.
For example, people have recently acted nostalgic about Ellen’s Energy Adventure, the ride that died so that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind could live.
Personally, I lament the absence of The Great Movie Ride much more. Also, I’m still bitter that Disney killed ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter for being too daring.
Oh, and I’m one of the few lucky (?) souls who rode Rocket Rods back in the day.
I’d love to stroll down memory lane and revisit all these experiences. Currently, that’s impossible since the rides no longer exist.
However, the metaverse can and WILL recreate these attractions for virtual consumption.
In the Game of Thrones vernacular, WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE!!! That’s the power of the metaverse.
The rides that we’ve lost along the way will become new and fresh again.
I mean, I get a weird kick out of the idea of using the metaverse to walk through the Monsanto House of the Future or Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.
New Rides and Parks
Here’s the most tantalizing prospect of all.
Quick, name the reason why Disney doesn’t build new attractions all the time!
Oh yes, the answer is money. It always comes back to money. Even in the run-up to Disneyland’s opening, Walt Disney himself suffered a financial crunch.
In a perfect world, he would have purchased much more land and built the Disneyland Hotel.
Instead, Disneyland started with 160 acres…and someone else owned Disneyland Hotel.
With the metaverse, Disney’s financial constraints will lower considerably. For example, building theme park attractions can cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
Digitally, a team of programmers can create an entire theme park for a tiny fraction of that price! I’m talking about one with new attractions everywhere!
Do you want a fifth theme park at Walt Disney World? The metaverse will prove itself as the next best thing!
From Disney’s perspective, it’s an unprecedented opportunity to turn billions of people into potential monthly theme park guests…without increasing wait times!
But from your perspective, the proposition is even better! You can explore entire new Disney adventures whenever you want from the comfort of your home!
You’ll live a complete Disney life!
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