Muppet Mobile Lab
Muppet Mobile Lab is a free-roving, audio-animatronic entertainment attraction designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, that has been tested at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California and at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida; it is currently deployed at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong.
Implemented on a Segway platform, the Muppet Mobile Lab is a two-wheeled science-lab vehicle that resembles a small rocket ship. Two Muppet characters, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, pilot the vehicle through the park, interacting with guests and deploying special effects such as foggers, ﬂashing lights, moving signs, confetti cannons and spray jets.
The two animatronics characters and the special effects aboard the vehicle are controlled remotely by puppeteers, thanks to an advanced control system that allows the controllers to be located up to several miles away from the show location. On-board cameras, microphones and speakers allow the puppeteers to see and hear guests and interact with them. Muppeteers Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire assisted in the development of the project.
The project began as a continuation of Disney's "Living Character Initiative," a program that has generated other interactive shows at Disney theme parks including Lucky the Dinosaur, Turtle Talk with Crush, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and Stitch Encounter.
- "The Themed Entertainment Association’s 15th Thea Awards - Delightfully Disney - Muppet Mobile Lab Profile" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
- Powers, Scott. "Muppets go mobile at Epcot". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
- "15th Annual Thea Award Recipients". Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
- Muppet Mobile Lab video from Epcot (YouTube)
- Muppet Mobile Lab video from DCA (YouTube)
- Muppet Mobile Lab video from HKDL (YouTube)