The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management is an updated version of a Disneyland classic.
The original Disneyland version opened in 1963 and was the first attraction to feature Disney’s Audio-Animatronics, life-like robotic creatures. The Walt Disney World version opened in 1971 and was almost exactly the same as the Disneyland show, only with a different pre-show. Located in Adventureland of the Magic Kingdom, the show was called Tropical Serenade and was originally hosted by the Florida Citrus Growers.
In 1997, the show closed for refurbishment and re-opened in 1998 as The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management. Along with the change, the pre-show was modified to include to two toucans voiced by Don Rickles and Phil Hartman who inform guests that the Tiki Room has new owners and these two toucans are their agents.
Once led into the attraction, the show starts just as it has done since the original. Hundreds of singing audio-animatronic birds along with flowers and tiki gods take you into a polynesian musical number only to be interrupted by Iago from Aladdin (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) and Zazu from The Lion King (voiced by Michael Gough). You are informed that they are the new owners and Iago wants to make some changes to freshen up the show. Zazu objects, but Iago does not listen.
Not happy with the changes Iago is making, a tiki goddess known as Uhoa steps in and uses her powers to put Iago in his place. Those who fondly recall the original attraction with Michael, Pierre, Fritz and Jose still see a bit of that sparkle in the new show, but the kids of today can recognize some of their favorite characters as well in Iago and Zazu making it a must see for the entire family.
To see the show in its entirety, click on the video above (thanks to RU42 for providing it).