Exclusive: ‘Godmother of the Metaverse’ Cathy Hackl to work with Orlando on new tech strategy. Here’s why.

Cathy Hackl says her first augmented reality experience happened in Orlando when she rode The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

The specters in the attraction are created with a 160-year-old technique that uses lights and mirrors, but it casts simulated objects into the real world similar to modern-day augmented-reality technology. 

Since her ride in a Doom Buggy through the mansion, Hackl has built a career in technologies that allow people to interact with a virtual…