After close to a years worth of work, we are finally pulling the curtain back on several projects I’ve been working on in UE4 at this years D23 Expo in Anaheim California. The D23 Expo is Disney’s version of Comic-Con and spans three days, with around 100,000 attendees. On Saturday I will be giving a presentation on the Archives Stage detailing this work. Here’s the details they posted:
Bringing the Past Back to Life: Recreating Disney’s History in a Virtual Setting
Saturday, August 15, 4:30 p.m.—Walt Disney Archives Stage
Join Jeremy Marx, of the Disney History Institute, as he explains how technology of today is giving us access to Disney’s wonders of the past. Using 3D technology, Jeremy has developed detailed simulations, including Monsanto’s House of the Future, Adventure Thru Inner Space, the Tower of the Four Winds, and Walt’s personal backyard railroad, the Carolwood Pacific. In this presentation, he’ll showcase those projects already completed, layout the process that makes this possible, and preview retired attractions he will soon bring back to life.
In addition to the presentation, the Disney Archives has asked for a new video featuring two former attractions, Monsanto’s House of the Future and Adventure Thru Inner Space, which will be shown in their main exhibit, The Disney Archives Presents: Disneyland.
This would be similar as to last fall during D23’s Destination D, the Archives used a video I made in UE4, the Tower of the Four Winds](Tower of the Four Winds - YouTube), that had previously been released, in their main exhibit.
The third place the projects will be seen will be at the Walt Disney Birthplace Foundation’s booth. I have worked on a recreation of Walt Disney’s Carolwood Railroad, a miniature railroad that was in his backyard. They will be running this with an Oculus Rift DK2. Of note, all of the recreations that I have worked on were focused on VR use.
So, we will be in three locations at the Expo, and busy trying to keep up with it. This is going to be fun!