Step into the magical world of Disney innovation with Lanny Smoot, a visionary whose dazzling creations have graced Disney parks worldwide. With an impressive repertoire of over 100 lifetime patents, Smoot, a Disney Research Fellow and Imagineer, has recently been inducted into the prestigious National Inventors Hall of Fame, a tribute only previously granted to Walt Disney within the company.

Lanny Smoot’s inventive journey shines brightly, illuminating scenes at Disney’s EPCOT and beyond. Among his treasured patents, Smoot proudly highlights his work on “Where’s the Fire?”, an engaging, interactive exhibit that delighted guests at EPCOT’s Innoventions Pavilion. By combining education with play, the exhibit used “X-Ray flashlights” allowing families to uncover safety hazards in faux homes, a perfect blend of Disney’s commitment to fun and learning.

Across his 45-year career, Smoot has not only shaped phenomenal Disney attractions but also garnered accolades, including three Thea Awards from the Themed Entertainment Association. He’s the genius behind beloved experiences like Disneyland’s Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and EPCOT’s Kim Possible: World Showcase Adventure, always pushing the boundaries of what’s technically possible in entertainment.

One fan-favorite invention is the state-of-the-art extendable lightsaber used by Disney Live Entertainment. Now, Smoot and his team are pioneering the HoloTile Floor, a revolutionary multi-person, omni-directional treadmill floor that can transform virtual reality experiences and theatrical performances. Imagine strolling through fantastical worlds or witnessing performers dance effortlessly, all thanks to this innovative technology.

Smoot remains ever-curious and enthusiastic about future technological marvels, continually asking, “How can we take this further?” His ongoing work fuels his passion to keep creating astonishing, magical experiences for Disney guests.

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