Disney fans have launched a campaign to save Push, the talking trash can that chats with guests in Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Push has been interacting with guests at the park since 1995, with fans at one stage campaigning to have the character elected as "Mayor of Tomorrowland". Now, Orlando Attractions Magazine has reported via its Facebook page that this Saturday (February 8) could be the trash can's last day in action.
Why the sudden exit for such an enduring and popular character? Rumors point to a contract dispute between Disney and the man behind the trash can. Push's Wikipedia page claims that the robot is operated by a plain-clothed operator via a remote control. Fans of Push, of course, will know that he is actually real.
There's no word on the future of Pipa, the trash can that resides in the Rafiki's Planet Watch area at Disney's Animal Kingdom, or the indeed the Push characters at Disney's other resorts. Disney, for its part, has refused to comment on the reports of Push's demise.
Fans of the friendly trash can have launched a campaign to save the robot on Twitter, using the hashtag #SavePUSH to encourage @WaltDisneyWorld to retain the character.
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