Best Attraction: The Enchanted Tiki Room
WALT DISNEY’S ENCHANTED TIKI ROOM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.