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Jul 15

Disney “Traveling Around The World” – Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland Part 1 – Enchanted Tiki Room

Welcome Disney fans! I’d like to introduce you to a new series called, ” Traveling Around the World”, in which we will explore the magic of Disney World, one park at a time, one land at a time, and one attraction at a time. We will begin where the magic first started, the Magic Kingdom. And the first land we’ll discover on our travels is Adventureland, as we take a closer look at a long time attraction, The Enchanted Tiki Room.

The Enchanted Tiki Room is a 15-minute show performed inside a magical tiki hut. It is a delightful show hosted by 4 colorful macaws named Jose, Michael, Pierre, and Fritz. Laugh, clap, and sing-along as they are joined in song by a total of 225 animated performers — including assorted toucans, parrots, showgirl cockatoos, crooning flowers, drumming Tiki statues, and chanting wooden masks. It is a delightful, family friendly show for all ages!

The Enchanted Tiki Room opened on October 1, 1971, as “Tropical Serenade”.  It was an almost identical copy of the original Disneyland show that opened in 1963. “Tropical Serenade” was replaced in 1998 with The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management), featuring Iago from Aladdin and Zazu from The Lion King who hosted the new show to give it some current appeal.

On January 12, 2011, a small fire broke out in the attic of the attraction. The Iago audio-animatronic figure was severely damaged in the blaze and water damage to the attraction caused the attraction to be closed. No one was injured during the accident.

In August, 2011 the attraction was re-opened after some renovation and it was returned to its original show. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Walt Disney World Resort pays tribute to the original Disneyland show, maintaining the original intent created by Walt Disney and his original team of Imagineers. At the same time, it features some modern technology—a state-of-the-art show-control system, remastered audio, and a new versatile and energy-efficient lighting system.

The Enchanted Tiki Room is the very first show to feature Audio Animatronics technology. Walt Disney’s fascination with translating film animation into the real world led to groundbreaking new technology that enabled 3-dimensional animations to be recorded and played back on magnetic tape.

Walt originally envisioned the attraction as a dinner show. However, he knew the attraction would be so popular that he changed the format to accommodate more guests when it opened to the captivated public in 1963.

So, the next time you’re visiting Walt Disney World, be sure to stop in and take a rest in the Enchanted Tiki Room, and reflect upon how those audio animatronic birds were the start of something so much bigger. And if you’re looking for a chance to cool off, grab a Dole Whip from the nearby Aloha Isle and head over to the Enchanted Tiki Room for a fun, entertaining show for you and the kids!

 

 Dole Whip Float!

 

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