Terrific Tuesdays: In the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room

 

One of Uncle Walt’s original creations, the Enchanted Tiki Room at the Magic Kingdom has changed a few times since it’s beginning.  It was one of the original attractions when Magic Kingdom first opened, and as many of the other rides and attractions were, was brought over from Disneyland.  Walt’s original idea was to have it as a restaurant with real birds, but then he thought about the mess that would have meant, and…it became animatronic!

For a short while, the Tiki Room was “Under New Management”, including the addition of Iago and Zazu as the new owners.  While these additions breathed a bit of new life into the attraction, Disney “purists” longed for the original show.  As fate would have it, the Tiki Gods created a small fire in the attic, damaging some of the animatronics beyond repair.  So Disney re-imagined it back into its original form.

The Tiki Room is a short 12 minute show with several musical numbers, including the title score by the Sherman Brothers.  It features the vocal talents of Disney legends Thurl Ravenscroft and Wally Boag who you will recognize from Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many other lovable Disney rides and attractions.  This is a great way to get out of the heat, and is even more magical at night. 

The show takes place in a theatre in the round, and Disney does an amazing job as always to make sure wherever you are sitting is the best seat in the house.  It’s impossible to experience all the nuances of this amazing show in just one sitting, so make sure to drop by more than once.  The pre-show is a great way to stay entertained while waiting for your show to begin.  The singing plants enhance the birds melodious tunes, and the Tiki Gods and singing Totem Poles complete the whimsical Disney magic.  Add to it a thunderstorm that is so realistic you’ll wonder if you remembered to cover the stroller before coming in, and it is a delight for the whole family. 

This is a don’t-miss attraction, and there is usually little to no wait.  However, make sure to check your times guide, as this show typically ends before the park closes.

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Nicole is a more recent convert to Disney, and has her husband Corey to thank. As a kid, she went a couple of times and had fun, but didn’t really catch the “Disney bug” until her husband finally convinced her to go in March of 2003. Since then, she goes every opportunity she can, and every time finds something new to explore! She’s a proud Disney Vacation Club owner and mother of two Disneyphiles – ages 5 (Maggie) and 2 (Max). She helps friends and family to plan Disney vacations all year round, and when she can’t be at Disney, she surrounds herself with it. Her house and office have plenty of pictures and souvenirs covering them, so she’s never far away from the magic!

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