Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room originally opened on June 23, 1963. It was the first attraction to showcase a new Disney invention known as audio-animatronics.
The Enchanted Tiki Room features entertainment including singing from a flock of birds and members of the flora family. It is located at the entrance of Adventureland with 15-minute shows typically running continually each day.
“Enjoy delightful songs performed by a chorus led by 4 colorful macaws named Jose, Michael, Pierre and Fritz,” states the Enchanted Tiki Room description page on the Disneyland website. “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.”
Considered one of Disneyland’s classic attractions, the Tiki Room was originally conceived of as a dinner show. Dining guests would be entertained by the audio-animatronics as their meal progressed. That idea was scrapped, however, as it became apparent the popularity of the attraction would require faster guest turnover than a dinner show would allow.
The Enchanted Tiki Room was originally sponsored by United Airlines. That sponsorship passed to the Dole Food Company in 1976 where it has remained since. The relationship of a Tiki based attraction to Dole is apparent and the theming of the attraction’s exterior lends itself to the Polynesian culture.
Also, for those that have not noticed, a Dole snack bar is located at the entrance to the attraction. The Tiki Juice Bar offers refreshing treats including pineapple spears, fruit drinks and a must-have for many, Pineapple Dole Whips and Floats. These are non-dairy frozen treats that have gained a loyal following of guests who seek them out on every trip, especially on those hot days.
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