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Hong Kong Disneyland's Push the Talking Trash Can

Push the Talking Trash Can is a radio controlled robot that made occasional rounds throughout Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and more recently at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, Disneyland Paris in France and Hong Kong Disneyland. In these other parks, Push was found not only in Tomorrowland but also in the rest of the lands in the parks.

Behind the scenes

Push with characters

Disneyland's Push the Talking Trash Can gets a hands-on examination by Captain Hook, Alice, Tweedledum, and The Mad Hatter near the entrance to Tomorrowland. The building in the background is the Plaza Inn restaurant at the edge of Main Street USA.

Push is an actual Tomorrowland trash bin so named because of the large word "PUSH" found on either flap. The radio control system is hidden by the bin's regular steel liner and plastic trash bag should a guest peer inside.

The robot is discretely operated by a pair of cast members in plain clothes, one with a remote control unit who operates the movement of the robot and the other who provides its voice. The transmitter is hidden inside a large gym bag carried by one of them wherein a voice processor changes the second cast member's voice to a high-pitched, nasal register. Since they are within about 20 feet of the robot, they are able to make Push interact directly with guests and other cast members who are dressed as either atmosphere or face characters.

Exact technical details are uncertain, but the robot appears to be propelled with the transmission, wheels and tires of a mobility scooter, the type of which Disney Theme Resorts rent in large numbers.

Similar Characters


Pipa the Talking Recycling Bin performs at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

A similar character, known as Pipa the Talking Recycling Bin, is at Disney's Animal Kingdom, appearing at Rafiki's Planet Watch and encourages guests to recycle, and a character named Wes Palm, a talking palm tree.

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