Exciting News for The Walt Disney Family Museum as they announced the arrival of its very own Barker Bird. On Friday June 20th, 2014 the new interactive exhibit became part of the permanent galleries of the museum. “Pepe del Presidio” as they charmingly named him is a gift that was given to the museum by Garner Holt Productions, Inc., which is the world’s largest creator of animatronic characters, and is also the primary animatronics provider for all Disney theme parks.
A replica of the Audio-Animatronics Barker Bird that used to call the entrance to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland in California home, now calls the Walt Disney Family Museum, home. The museum decided to name him “Pepe del Presidio” in honor of it’s location in the Presidio of San Francisco.
This new interactive exhibit will be located in the 1964 New York World’s Fair and EPCOT Gallery in the museum, and it will showcase the Audio-Animatronics Magic that was brought to life with a working version of the bird that Walt Disney had greeting visitors at Disneyland while entering the Tiki Room. After a brief show and a newly created film about the history of Audio-Animatronics, guests will be invited to use an authentic programming joystick to bring “Pepe del Presidio” to life.
Walt Disney once said of Audio-Animatronics, “it’s just another dimension in the animation we have been doing all our life.”
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