It appears PUSH the talking trash can will never again grace the concrete walkways of Tomorrowland, at least for now. Several reports indicate a possible contract dispute led Disney to break ties with the performer operating PUSH and so the beloved walk-around character is no more. Now Disney has confirmed the talking trash can is no more.
UPDATE (Feb. 10): According to an Orlando Sentinel article, Disney says PUSH will remain in Tomorrowland. Earlier, an apparent internal Disney FAQ gave talking points to cast members about PUSH's removal. I'm sure there will be more to come on this.
UPDATE 2: Disney has confirmed PUSH is gone, according to a new Orlando Sentinel article.
But did you ever stop to wonder just how PUSH did what he did? He was a fully mobile and fully interactive character. He could carry on complete conversations with people seemingly on his own. Well, of course, that wasn't the case, but it was pretty hard to pick out just how it was done.
Now that PUSH has been retired, I'll let you in on the secret.
It's a pretty simple operation but was beautifully done. Even after I figured out who to look for, there were several times I couldn't find the operator, he had blended in so well.
So it is with great sadness and regret that I say farewell to PUSH the talking trash can from Tomorrowland. I can only hope that there will come a day soon when you might make a return.