audio animatronics Archive

What's inside a Tiki Bird?

Kevin Kidney owns a couple of audio-animatronic birds from the Enchanted Tiki Room, the first Disney showcase for robotic animals, still running and glorious today — he’s decided to make them good as new, and is documenting his process. As Kidney dissects and rebuilds these robotic birds, he’s posting photos and notes from the process, revealing the cunning mechanisms that the Imagineers …