An undated photo provided by Walt Disney Imagineering of a animatronic figure. The development of new-and-improved animatronic figures has long been a big part of Disney’s playbook. (Walt Disney Imagineering via The New York Times) — NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY DISNEY ROBOTS BY BROOKS BARNES FOR AUG 22, 2021. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. — XNYT77 XNYT77

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Robots have been part of Disney’s special theme park sauce since the 1960s, when Walt Disney introduced “audio-animatronics,” mechanical figures. Today, the company's secretive research...