The animatronic trash can – a fan favorite – was owned by Real Simple Ideas LLC, an Orlando-based product development company. The demise of PUSH came down to a failure to renew a contract between Disney and Real Simple Ideas LLC.
In an article in the Orlando Sentinel, Daniel Deutsch – the inventor of PUSH – said there was “ambiguity” in the contract regarding intellectual property rights.
PUSH was a fan favorite and made daily appearances inside Tomorrowland for the last 19 years, often surprising guests who weren’t expecting a trash can to talk or move.
Fans started a “save PUSH” Twitter campaign last week and created a Facebook page that has thousands of “likes.”