Enchanted Tiki Room
Enchanted Tiki Room, along with Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, is one of the most uniquely "Disney" attractions in the park. This 17-minute "live" musical show opened in 1963 as the first Disneyland attraction to make significant use of audio-animatronics and has been a fan favorite ever since. The show is emceed by four parrots (Jose, Fritz, Pierre, and Michael) and consists of a series of musical numbers performed by audio-animatronic birds, flowers, and Polynesian tikis. Also of note is the attraction's courtyard area where several Polynesian gods are represented in statue form. Just prior to the opening of the building for the next show, these statues come to life and explain their role in the Polynesian beliefs. Of course, for many people a visit to Enchanted Tiki Room isn't complete without a Dole Whip or pineapple spear from the Tiki Juice Bar.
- Location: Immediately to the left as you enter Adventureland from the Main Street, U.S.A.
- Date Opened: 7/23/1963
- # of Ride Units: No ride vehicles, regular seating in a single room.
- Ride Capacity: There are chairs for about 230 people per show.
- Restraint Method: None
- Ticket Rating: D Ticket
- Ride Photo: No
- Sponsor: Dole
- Open/Close: Opens and closes with the park.
- Wait Times: The show starts every 30 minutes. The courtyard seating area outside the front doors create a pretty good indicator. If you can get into the courtyard it is almost certain there will be room for you inside. It is rare for the line to be so long that you'd have to wait more than one show.
- Length of Ride: 17 minutes
- FastPass: No
- Single Rider: No
- Queue Description: Enchanted Tiki Room doesn't so much have a queue as a waiting area. The front courtyard for the building housing the show has seating, access to the Tiki Juice Bar, a video from Dole playing on a screen, and several Polynesian gods that start coming to life a few minutes before show time and explain who they are. This courtyard area was included in the complete refurbishment of Enchanted Tiki Room in early 2005.
- Health Restriction: Should be safe for all health conditions.
- Ride Access: The waiting area is accessible through a gate to the left of the turnstyle. Entry into the theater requires climbing several stairs and a self-service wheelchair lift is available for entry and exit.
- Wheelchair Transfer: You do not have to leave your wheelchair or ECV to enjoy this ride. If you need assistance with the lift, speak to one of the cast members in the area.
- Service Animals: Yes
- Audio: The entire show is audio based. Assistive listening devices are available.
- Weight and Size Issues: Regular seats are tightly packed, but back row bench seating should accommodate anybody comfortably.
- Height Restriction: No
- Child Swap: No
- Other Issues: The final portion of the show gets dark, involves some intense music and ends with a sudden crash of thunder that can be frightening to some children.
At this location: Though Enchanted Tiki Room did not open until 1963, it was the first attraction in this location. We do not know if anything of significance was in this location prior to that.
The Attraction's History: Attractions like Jungle Cruise had prototypical forms of animatronics but Walt Disney was seeking an attraction that would make full use of advanced audio-animatronics. The earliest developed designs were for a tropical-themed restaurant in which animated birds and flowers would entertain diners. The restaurant idea eventually fell by the wayside but the singing birds and flowers remained. Robert and Richard Sherman wrote the music for the show, which opened in 1963.
Since then, the show has remained essentially unchanged, though enthusiasts constantly worry that the show will be given the "Under New Management" script now at Walt Disney World. Additional rumors surround adding Lilo & Stitch elements.
In recent years, the attraction became a symbol for people concerned about upkeep in the park, with many elements inside the show no longer working and years passing without exterior upkeep resulting in a shabby look. For the 2005 50th Anniversary celebration Enchanted Tiki Room was given a comprehensive refurbishment.
Your hosts: The four parrots who host the show are Jose, Fritz, Michael, and Pierre.
Sponsors: Though it is difficult to imagine a time before Dole Whip, Dole Pineapple was not always the sponsor for Enchanted Tiki Room. From 1964 to 1973 United Airlines sponsored the attraction.
Polynesian Gods: The gods in the courtyard are Maiu, Koro, Tongaroa-Ru, Hina Kaluna, Negendei, Rongo, Tongaroa, and Pele.
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