LifeFormations worked with the Fred Rogers Company, Scheels Games and Idlewild Park to bring to life a stylized storybook attraction inspired by the popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood television series. On the ride, guests get to ride the famous red Trolley to the Neighborhood of Make Believe to meet Daniel Tiger and all of his friends and family.
In addition to the animatronic figures, we provided a turnkey solution that included a custom show control system with RFID track sensors to synchronize the onboard trolley audio with the scene audio to keep the storybook illusions intact.
The flat nature of the art direction required some creative armature designs to keep the mechanics hidden from guests riding the Trolley. LifeFormations modified proven animatronic techniques to condense the depth of the armature into a space just over an inch deep. The result is the illusion that the animatronic figures are actually moving on their own.