We were able to see the panel of three different attraction actors. Kat Cressida, best known as the bride from the Haunted Mansion, David Danipour from Flight of Passage, and Ron Schneider played original dream finder and operated the Figment puppet.
David shared that he had no clue what he had to talk about but had to make it sound good, although he has a science background. They told him to say ummm and uhhh a lot which many people point out. The audio messed up, and he had to go back in a later day to rerecord the entire thing. That’s why some parts are glitchy because some parts in the pre-show video don’t match.
Kat is a familiar voice around the parks. She’s the bride on the Haunted Mansion, the Tower of Terror, and Jessi on Toy Story Mania. She shared that she was terrified of the Haunted Mansion as a kid. When she was around the age of 12, she finally started to enjoy the attraction. She is very active on Twitter and loves to share her adventures.
Rob brought Figment to life. He always loved puppets and making them look natural. He did that for five years and said he would have done severe damage to his arm if he had done it longer. He said the more uncomfortable his arm and wrist were, the better Figment looked. If his arm was comfortable, it looked like he was going to fall. He has written a book about his 40 years working in the theme parks. He said he was genuinely passionate about writing this book.
It’s very interesting to see these artists in person who are such a huge part of Walt Disney World. They are truly artists, and hearing behind the scenes stories were fascinating.