History of Disney’s Audio-Animatronics

Walt Disney led his company through the invention of many technologies. In animation there was the Xerographic Cell transfer process and the Multi-plane camera, just to name a few. But one of Disney’s most major inventions was the animation of the human figure in real life – Audio-Animatronics.

For a while, Disney fans have bemoaned the loss of the long form audio-animatronic attraction epitomized by Pirates of the Caribbean or Horizons. But the company has continued to make use of the figures, including some featured figures in the new attraction based on The Little Mermaid.

In a great primer for those who aren’t aware of Disney’s involvement in the creation of this technology, the blog Malloryland takes a look at the history of Disney’s Audi0-Animatronics. The article doesn’t mention it, but Disney has been outsourcing much of its animatronic needs since 2008 (actually, it started long before that, but the admitted it in 2008).

Do you have a favorite attraction that uses audio-animatronics? Do you think we’ll ever see the return of an Horizons like attraction?