Our 16 Favorite Animatronics at Walt Disney World

There are many ways that Disney parks differentiate as being a cut above the rest, and one of those ways is through the innovative technologies they use.

Walt with some original Audio-Animatronics in the Enchanted Tiki Room

A much-loved product of that tech are the iconic audio-animatronics that are used in Disney Parks, and, listen, we have some faves! Disney World has a lot of positively memorable, lovable, and downright cool animatronics.

So, we’re taking a little tour of all of our favorite audio-animatronics in Disney World! Keep an eye out for these cool bots next time you’re in the parks!

Magic Kingdom

Jack Sparrow on Pirates of the Caribbean

We’re starting off in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland with the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean. Even though Captain Jack Sparrow was not an original part of the attraction, we love the addition of all the Sparrow animatronics!

Captain Jack Sparrow Audio-Animatronic in Pirates of the Caribbean ©Disney

Enchanted Tiki Room Totems

Just across the way, our team thinks the Singing Totems in the Enchanted Tiki Room are positively delightful!

Enchanted Tiki Room

Possums on Splash Mountain

There are 68 audio-animatronics on Splash Mountain (wow!), but our faves are these sweet little possum sisters just hangin’ out!

Possum Sisters

Big Al in Country Bear Jamboree

Also in Frontierland, you just can’t beat Big Al in Country Bear Jamboree for being the furriest guy in the jam sesh.

Country Bear Jamboree Audio-Animatronic

Lumiere in Enchanted Tales with Belle

If you’ve got kids, you’ve probably marveled at the Lumiere animatronic on the mantelpiece in Enchanted Tales with Belle. We love how realistic and life-like he looks!


Ursula on Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid

It’s true, Ursula tends to give us the creeps. Still, we can’t help but think that the sea witch animatronic on Journey of the Little Mermaid is so cool!


Hippo on “it’s a small world!”

A cult favorite comes in the form of the hippo on “it’s a small world!” There are many renditions of this unique face around the world, but the Magic Kingdom hippo is truly a “small world” fave!


Rover on Carousel of Progress

And the last of our Magic Kingdom animatronics comes in the form of Rover the dog on Carousel of Progress. He’s so furry and sweet and also probably immortal? He lives in the past and the future!

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress


Scientist Lady on Spaceship Earth

Epcot doesn’t have too many animatronic-based rides, but Spaceship Earth definitely has a few iconic bots. We love Scientist Lady in the computer scene but we also have to give shoutouts to Papyrus Guy and Small Newspaper Boy Yelling at a Wall!

Spaceship Earth

Let It Go Elsa on Frozen Ever After

The animatronics used on Frozen Ever After was the first-ever fully electric animatronics which gives Elsa a life-like fluidity that is surprising and spectacular!

Frozen Ever After

Tonge-stuck Sven on Frozen Ever After

Equally charming and for different reasons is Sven with his tongue stuck on Frozen Ever After. What a cutie!

Sven In Progress ©Disney

Hollywood Studios

Lightning McQueen in Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Okay, a weird one, but Hollywood Studios has one of its best animatronics tucked back behind Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. It looks like Lightning is right in front of you. Seriously.

Hi, McQueen!

Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story Mania

When he’s working, Toy Story Mania’s Mr. Potato Head is super cool with all of his detachable parts and jokes.

Mr. Potato Head

Hondo Ohnaka on Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

Of course, we can’t leave out the super realistic Hondo Ohnaka from the preshow of Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Hondo Ohnaka on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Kylo Ren on Rise of the Resistance

Speaking of, the two Kylo Ren animatronics on Rise of the Resistance are absolutely crazy! They look about as life-like as the Kylo Ren you can meet in Star Wars Launch Bay.

Kylo animatronic on Rise

Animal Kingdom

Na’vi Shaman on Na’vi River Journey

Another fan-favorite comes in the form of the massive Na’vi Shaman on Na’vi River Journey in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora. The movements are so fluid!

Nav’i River Journey

What are your favorite animatronics in Disney World? Tell us in the comments!

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