Enchanted Tiki Room Adventureland Disneyland
“In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
All the birds sing words and the flowers croon
In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room.”
As the song says, this attraction features an entire cast of audio-animatronic birds, flowers, and tikis who will sing, crack jokes and otherwise entertain the audience during the 15-minute show. A Disneyland classic.
Pre-show – After entering the turnstiles, you’ll be in the outdoor “Tiki Garden” area. Around the perimeter of the garden are statues of the Tiki gods — Maui, Koro, Tangaroa-Ru, Hina, Pele, Ngendi, Rongo, and the big tree, Tangaroa. A few minutes before the doors to the theater open, the tiki gods come to life and speak, accompanied by a variety of special effects.
Enchanted Tiki Room – You’ll enter the theater building and may sit anywhere on the padded, backless benches which are on all four sides of the theater. Above your head are a variety of tropical flower arrangements and birds sitting on perches. The sides and back of the room are decorated with tiki masks and drummers.
After the door closes, the show starts when a Cast Member wakes up Jose, the macaw who serves as Master of Ceremonies. The room comes to life in a burst of color and song as his fellow macaws Michael, Pierre, and Fritz lead the rest of the birds in a chorus of “In the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room.”
In the center of the room the enchanted fountain rises and falls and changes colors as the bird mobile is lowered and the audience is invited to sing along as we all “sing like the birdies sing.”
The flower baskets are the featured performers in the musical luau. The orchids sing in a Polynesian language, then the tiki drummers in the back and the tiki totems on the side join in.
Suddenly there are flashes of lightning and the sound of thunder, and outside the windows it appears to be raining heavily. The enchanted fountain and bird mobile make a last appearance, and the birds and tikis sing the Tiki Room version of “Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s out the door you go,” as the macaws perform a final magic trick and make the audience disappear.
Read about Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom version of this attraction HERE.
The theater is quite dark, which may frighten some small children. Some children may find some scenes a bit scary or intense – the chanting of the tiki gods can be a little spooky. (see Kids and Characters, below).
Shows are usually presented twice an hour. The theater is air-conditioned, and it’s a great place to cool off on a hot day. The theater is very rarely full.
They are somewhat hidden, but there are restrooms at this attraction — as you go up the steps towards the door to the theater the restrooms are on either side. There is a much larger restroom facility just outside and right next to the Adventureland Bazaar.
Be warned that the “In the Tiki Room” song may get stuck in your head for hours.
ECV or wheelchair users may remain in their chairs during this attraction.
Assistive Listening Devices from Guest Services can be used here.
Jasmine, Aladdin, and the Genie can sometimes be seen just outside Aladdin’s Oasis.
The Tiki Bar, which serves Dole pineapple whip, juice, and spears, is located at the entrance to the Tiki Garden. There are two service counters –one inside the Tiki Garden and one outside — the line inside is often shorter.
The Adventureland Bazaar is located just outside the exit, featuring a variety of adventure-themed souvenirs.
The Enchanted Tiki Room opened on June 23, 1963. It was the first attraction to use audio-animatronics. The show was originally planned to be a dinner show, which is why it is the only attraction that has restrooms. The Tiki Room underwent an extensive rehab in late 2004 and reopened on March 12, 2005.
United Air Lines was the sponsor from 1964-1976, and Dole Pineapple has been the sponsor since 1976.
Walt Disney had a mechanical bird in a cage in his Burbank office, which inspired him to create the audio-animatronic birds in the Tiki Room.
There are 225 audio-animatronic performers, including birds, flowers, tiki drummers and tiki gods.
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