Lumiere Animatronic at Enchanted Tales with Belle, New Fantasyland, Disneyworld

While in Orlando at IAAPA, New Fantasyland, which opens on December 6, was in previews at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park, so we checked out the new Enchanted Tales with Belle "meet and greet" attraction.

This is really a participatory show for kids, but anyone interested in show technology should check it out to see what is probably the most advanced animatronic character ever built--Lumiere:

I've seen the mechanism behind that black curtain, and it's pretty impressive.  I hope Disney will put that out publicly (but I do commend them for putting this video up!)

Here's a bit more background on the character from the D23 (Disney fans) conference:

Note that the flames in the CGI character aren't holding vertical the way the real character does.