This summer, Walt Disney World visitors are seeing a couple of elaborate theme-park landmarks in a new light.
After the sun sets, a Star Wars spectacular beams 13 minutes of movie scenes onto the exterior of the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life becomes a display of clips featuring creatures from deer to dinosaurs.
Both new productions use projection mapping, a technology showing up more in attractions, museums and special events as projectors have become better and cheaper.
“Ten years ago … it was kind of a gimmick,” said Daren Ulmer, whose California-based Mousetrappe design studio worked with Disney on its shows. “Now it’s an accepted part of our palette.