Best At­trac­tion: The En­chanted Tiki Room

WALT DIS­NEY’S EN­CHANTED TIKI ROOM

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY LYNN SVENSON

The En­chanted Tiki Room is one of the orig­i­nal Walt Dis­ney World at­trac­tions when it opened in 1971. It was orig­i­nally named Trop­i­cal Ser­e­nade and was an ex­act copy of the En­chanted Tiki Room in Dis­ney­land. The at­trac­tion had a brief over­haul to in­clude Iago from Aladdin and Zazu from The Lion King, but af­ter a fire dam­aged some of the Au­dio-an­i­ma­tron­ics fig­ures in 2011, it was re­turned to it’s orig­i­nal show for­mat and re­named Walt Dis­ney’s En­chanted Tiki Room.

LO­CA­TION

Lo­cated in Ad­ven­ture­land, by Aladdin’s Magic Car­pets and across from The Jun­gle Cruise, you will no­tice Walt Dis­ney’s En­chanted Tiki Room from the tall, Poly­ne­sian Cer­e­mo­nial House that ap­pears to be made out of wo­ven bam­boo. Stroller park­ing is along­side the wall out­side, which de­tracts from the themed ap­pear­ance, but is surely con­ve­nient for those need­ing it.

QUEUE/PRE-SHOW EX­PE­RI­ENCE

There is no Fast­pass+ for this at­trac­tion. Guests en­ter and then stand in an out­side, sta­dium-style queue to watch a short pre-show fea­tur­ing a cou­ple of Au­dio-an­i­ma­tron­ics birds, wa­ter­falls, and fire.

AT­TRAC­TION EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Af­ter the pre-show, guests then walk into the main cir­cu­lar the­ater. There are benches sur­round­ing a cen­ter “stage” and all seats seem to pro­vide a good view, as guests must look up to watch the show. The show starts with four col­or­ful macaws de­liv­er­ing witty puns to

get the au­di­ence in­ter­act­ing with them. Then, they are joined by over 225 chore­ographed Au­dio-an­i­ma­tron­ics per­form­ers, in­clud­ing bob­bing par­rots, gig­gling cock­a­toos, croon­ing or­chids, drumming Tiki stat­ues, and chant­ing wooden masks. You prob­a­bly al­ready know some of the songs... “In the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room!”

WHO WILL LOVE IT?

Younger kids will love watch­ing the birds and will prob­a­bly think they are real and will find the songs fun and catchy, which may re­sult in you hear­ing them sing it for the rest of the day! Fans of clas­sic at­trac­tions will un­doubt­edly want to ex­pe­ri­ence it as well.

FI­NAL TIPS

Dis­ney­land’s En­chanted Tiki Room was the first ever Au­dio-an­i­ma­tron­ics show and helped pave the way for other clas­sic at­trac­tions, such as “it’s a small world,” “The Haunted Man­sion,” and “Pi­rates of the Caribbean.” While you may be tempted to pass by this tame at­trac­tion on your way to Splash Moun­tain and other thrill rides, I rec­om­mend you still find time to visit Walt Dis­ney’s En­chanted Tiki Room dur­ing your trip to ex­pe­ri­ence a clas­sic at­trac­tion that Walt Dis­ney him­self helped imag­ine.

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