The Evolution of the Acrobat Robot: Disney Imagineers Unveil Stuntronics

Earlier this year, Disney researchers presented Stickman, a z-shaped robot capable of performing somersaults while flying through the air. This incredible innovation has continued to evolve into the first Stuntronics figure—capable of accomplishing extreme aerial maneuvers with precision. Take a look at the development of a Stuntronics figure, and watch it in action.

In their mission to create a realistic robotic figure capable of performing complex, acrobatic stunts, Imagineers designed a 90-pound Stuntronics figure to use sophisticated onboard sensors to make its own real-time decisions—all while flying 60 feet in the air. It knows when to tuck its knees to perform a somersault, when to pull its arms to twist, and even when to slow down its spin to make sure it sticks that perfect landing.

Disney remains at the forefront in the evolution of both Audio-Animatronics® figures and advanced robotics as the Company continues to find innovative, unconventional ways to bring thrilling stories to life. Through a fun, collaborative environment, Imagineers push the boundaries and leverage technology to create the unique storytelling that can only be experienced at Disney Parks.