UPDATE: Head Surfaces in Disney Pond as Guests Watch in Awe

walt disney world magic kingdom lake rare otter sighting in water Guests cry in video
Credit: @lena.rose41/ TikTok

Two Guests expecting magic and excitement on their trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida got even more than they bargained for. LenaRose and her girlfriend were enjoying their day trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park when they spotted something out of the ordinary. Popping in and out of the water in one Magic Kingdom lake off of Main Street, near the front of Crystal Palace, was a small head.

LenaRose’s girlfriend almost immediately broke into tears upon realizing what was in the lake, and LenaRose quickly pulled out her camera to record the incident for social media. It’s a little difficult to make out, but she posted their story to her TikTok account, and the comments and views came in quickly…

walt disney world magic kingdom lake rare otter sighting in water Guests cry in video

Credit: @lena.rose41/ TikTok

“Bubbles” the Otter

Disney World is known for its variety of exotic animals in residence at its Animal Kingdom theme park, but Magic Kingdom, too, has a recent animal addition that most people might not know about. Have you heard of Bubbles, the rarely spotted Magic Kingdom otter? Well, she’s an elusive lady, and Disney fans are absolutely in love with her. In LenaRose’s video, Bubbles’ head pops through the surface of the Magic Kingdom lake, and the tears flow.

In this “rare siting of the Magic Kingdom otter,” LenaRose’s girlfriend expresses her love for the little creature. She says, “Oh my god, I’m so happy right now. He’s so cute! I love him so much. I want to hold him and pet him.” Check out the video below:


Oh yeah thats just the MK Otter 🦦 #magickingdom #disneyworld #otter #disneypark #wdw #fyp #cuteanimals @victoria williams🏳️‍🌈

♬ original sound – LenaRose

Jungle Cruise Cast Members clarified in the comments that Bubbles is, in fact, a girl otter who actually has a few otter pups! One Cast Member shares that they “see her backstage in [the] river all the time.” Another Cast Member named Kristy recognizes Bubbles by name as well, saying, “She hasn’t been relocated yet because she has babies, and they’re waiting til they’re bigger to move them all.”

Most Guests didn’t even know an otter was living at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and were thrilled at the sighting. The official Disney Parks TikTok account even commented! It wrote, “We support your feels.”

walt disney world magic kingdom lake rare otter sighting in water Guests cry in video

Credit: M&R Glasgow/ Flickr

Update: Video 2

As a “flashback” to the viral video first posted back in the Summer of 2023, LenaRose took to social media to share a brief video in December 2023, noting:

“POV: Your girlfriend is explaining why she loves otters to her family on Christmas morning, but doesn’t know she’s about to receive an otter experience from me.” 

LeanRose surprised her girlfriend with an otter experience at Discovery Cove, Orlando! Check out the flashback video below:


Replying to @NearStephExperience I did the thing 🥰🦦🎁💚❤️ #magickingdomotter #magickingdom #discoverycove #fyp #christmas

♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey

What a sweet update!

Guests should watch the water for Bubbles the otter when passing any Magic Kingdom lake before she and her pups can be relocated to a more suitable habitat.

Have you ever spotted Bubbles? Let us know in the comments! 

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!

One comment

  1. I have seen an otter in the lake at Disney Springs.