Real-Life Robot Takes Control Of Security Guards At Orlando’s Theme Parks, Next
Could you imagine robots invading Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort? Well, it looks like robocops patrolling theme parks aren’t too far off. Six Flags Texas has started using new robotic security technology that involves an actual robot patrolling the park. Six Flags Magic Mountain is set to bring the robot to its next park in California, but the company that created the bot is eyeing Disney and Universal next.
When visitors visit theme parks, they often expect to see characters they can meet and greet! To Disney, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Tiana, Belle, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto and many more. At Six Flags, guests flock to Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Toon gang. Now, however, there’s a new buddy in town.
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Fortune reported that “A robotic security guard named ROAMEO (Rugged Observation Assistance Mobile Electronic Officer) is making his debut at Six Flags Over Texas this week in Arlington. Another will begin patrolling Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California next week. With Six Flags Magic Mountian implementing their Flash Pass, a pay-per-ride system much like Disney Genie+.
The post went on to describe the massive robot:
The 6.5-foot, 750-pound self-contained officer looks more like the illegitimate offspring of Wall-E and Baymax than Robocop. It is equipped with cameras, a touch screen, speakers and a two-way communication system. And among its capabilities is recognizing when people are in restricted areas and determining when they are not wearing face masks.
It can also provide information about ride wait times and tell people how to get to certain attractions. However, he will not respond directly to infractions.
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Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), the company behind ROAMEO, will have 100 robots patrolling theme parks by the end of the year, and is also expected to enter the Orlando theme park sphere. This year. It hasn’t been noted which of the three parks will see the robot, but it’s likely between Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando Resort. That being said, it’s been reported that Disney isn’t in talks with the company, so it seems like the Disney collaboration is a pipe dream at the moment.
It seems that ROAMEO is not intended to replace humans, but to assist current theme park security guards. Since the robot is unable to actually interfere with ongoing infractions or disputes, real humans should step in to sort these out and keep guests safe. That being said, this new technology would be very interesting to see implemented in the Parks. Given that we live in a pandemic era where some theme parks are still enforcing mask mandates, these robots could help patrol anything the park needs.
With tourism in Orlando ever increasing and Epic Universe a brand new Universal theme park on the way to town, the need for more security at any theme park will surely increase along with demand.
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