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Top Ten Audio Animatronics in Walt Disney World, Disney Trivia Contest and more!

Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #295 for the week of October 7, 2012.

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From Walt’s mechanical bird to the most advanced figures in the Disney parks, Audio-Animatronic characters have been an integral part in storytelling in attractions from the very beginnings of Disneyland. So this week, we’re going to explore the history of these figures, and then take a look at our Top Ten Audio-Animatronics in Walt Disney World.

Were you able to identify last week’s mystery sound clip from the parks? See how well you did and then answer the Walt Disney World Trivia Question of the Week for your chance to win a Disney prize package.

I’ll then have some announcements at the end of the show, including information about upcoming events and live video broadcasts. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

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15 thoughts on “Show # 295 – Top Ten Audio Animatronics in Walt Disney World”

  1. Rob says:

    My favourites, not so much from a technical standpoint, but rather for their iconic status are the blushing bride-to-be and “the redhead” from Pirates of the Caribbean. The auction scene is the highlight of the attraction for me and I don’t think any other animatronic in the parks convey their personality so quickly and succinctly as these ladies.

  2. Ana Kurland says:

    Not too advanced, but I love Teddy Berra’s feet as she swings in CBJ.

  3. DAR35 says:

    I love the entire ballroom scene in the Haunted Mansion. Especially the two gentleman having a duel coming out of the paintings.

  4. Heather Bickford says:

    Sonny Eclipse.

  5. Ari says:

    It’s gotta be the bathing elephant on the classic attraction that is the Jungle Cruise

  6. There’s this one fishing goose in Splash Mountain…. don’t know what it is about him…

  7. Elizabeth says:

    I’m going to pick Ben Franklin in American Adventure, because I still love and admire the stair thing.

  8. Kim says:

    I just wanted to say to Karen who called in with the voicemail about getting choked up in the grocery store that I had a similar experience, just last week. I was listening to mouseworldradio on my phone, and the soundtrack from Wishes came on. I got so choked up, I was trying to keep it together so people wouldn’t think I was crazy, but I got caught by a couple who were looking at me funny. I had to take out my earbuds and explain. I’m not sure it made me look any less crazy, but whatever. A taste of DIsney makes the grocery shopping so much easier!!

  9. matt stecker says:

    I have a few favorites I love disney and audio animatronics
    they are the sea serpent from 20,000 leagues under the sea ,
    Henry from the country bear jamboree , sonny eclipse , the alien from alien encounter , buzzy from cranium command , the sea serpent from world of motion, bonnie appetite from kitchen karbet and the dream finder and old figment animatronics from journey into imagination plus the wicked witch from great movie ride and the dragon from fantasmic

  10. Joey H says:

    I say if the imagineers can figure out a way to make the yeti work and last ahwile I say shut her down and refurb the attraction. I think it could plus the experience enough to make it worth being without for awhile.

  11. Shirley Frykman says:

    American Adventure–Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin. I think at one time, one of them actually stepped up the steps to a platform. I was so amazed. They no longer do that but still I’m amazed and inspired by the whole show.

  12. Shirley Frykman says:

    Joey H, I think I read that the Yeti can’t be fixed. It was installed before the attaction was enclosed so no way to get to what needs to be fixed. Maybe they’ll figure it out.

  13. Chuck Zitta says:

    Instead of a single favorite, I’m going to cheat here, and say, may favorite display of animatronics would be the Pirates attraction. All of them, and how they interact with one another. This was one of two attractions (the other being the Mansion) that started my obsession with all things Disney 43 years ago. Because of this, I have to tip my hat to Marc Davis and Pirates of the Caribbean, simply for sentimental reasons.

    Always enjoy listening to the top ten (24, 35 or whatever) episodes. The conversations between you and Tim are always worth a good laugh.

    Thanks again for another fantastic show, Lou and Tim!!!

  14. Brodie says:

    Black Widow Bride from Haunted Mansion and Stitch from Stitches Great Escape. I also really like Sonny Eclipse from Comic Rays Starlight Café! AND all the bears from Country Bears Jamboree.

  15. Brodie says:

    hi lou remember you sent a video to me