Have you ever visited the Enchanted Tiki Room at Walt Disney World? If you haven’t you should definitely make a point to include it on your plans for your next visit. If you haven’t visited the Tiki Room before you may be wondering what you have been missing out on. In this post I’ll share some of the history of the show, changes through the years, and what to expect now.
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
The idea for the Tiki Room came from Mr. Walt Disney himself. While he and his wife were vacationing in New Orleans Walt found a mechanical bird in a cage and brought it home as a souvenir.
Once he returned home he challenged the Imagineers to figure out how it worked so that they could build an attraction around it. Originally, Walt Disney wanted the Tiki Room to be dinner and a show, but running a full scale restaurant around the animatronic show would have been too difficult.
Enchanted Tiki Room at Disney World
The attraction features multiple audio-animatronic Tiki birds, flowers, plants and totems. Jose, Michael, Pierre, and Fritz lead the Glee Club as they sing catchy (and by that I mean stuck in your head all day) songs. If you aren’t a singer, don’t worry, singing along isn’t required. But you could always sing a solo – so low no one can hear!
It really is a gorgeous sight, all the colorful birds swinging from golden perches as they entertain Disney guests with their beautiful, classic music.
Some of the animatronics you’ll see in the Tiki room include:
- 54 singing orchids
- 4 totem poles
- 12 tiki drummers
- 24 singing masks
- 7 birds of paradise (the plant variety)
- 8 macaws
- 12 toucans
- 9 fork tails
- 6 cockatoos
- 20 assorted tropical birds
Wishing you were in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom right now? Get a dose of the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room, check out this video of the full show and just like the birds do, tweet away!
The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management
In 1998 the Tiki Room in the Magic Kingdom was updated to add Zazu (The Lion King) and Iago (Jafar’s bird from Aladdin) as the disruptive emcees of the musical show. Their constant squawking upset the Evil Tiki Goddess, Uh-Oa, and she zaps Iago.
A small fire broke out in January 2011 when Iago short circuited, and the attraction closed. When it reopened the two jokesters were gone and things were much more peaceful in The Enchanted Tiki Room.
Enchanted Tiki Room Music
The most popular Tiki Room songs include “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room”, and “Let’s All Sing Like the Birds Sing.” The “Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” song was written by the talented Sherman brothers, Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, specifically for the ride at the request of Walt Disney himself.
Tiki Bird Disney Crafts
If you would like to celebrate the tropical Tiki Room at home then you might enjoy making a white cockatoo or even the colorful toucan. The paper crafts are easy to make and you probably have everything you need in your house already.
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