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Meet the Tiki Gods Outside Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Park

posted on June 19th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


With the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room coming up this Sunday, June 23, I wanted to take a few minutes for you to meet some friends of mine. I’ve spent many an afternoon sharing a Dole Whip and friendly conversation with these wooden residents of the garden outside the Enchanted Tiki Room, watching them come to life and introduce themselves. Let’s meet the Tiki gods of the Enchanted Tiki Garden:

  • Pele: This Hawaiian fire goddess lives in the Kilauea volcano and likes to torment her neighbor …
  • Ngendei: from Fiji, he is the creator of all the gods. He’s also got a big job as balancer of the whole world. That pressure combined with the torment he suffers from Pele – it’s no wonder there’s an earthquake every time he moves.
  • Maui: The Polynesian trickster who gave people time and roped the playful Sun.
  • Rongo: The Polynesian god of agriculture, also known as Lono in Hawai`i, is also the provider of food. He also discovered electricity, naturally.
  • Koro: The Midnight Dancer, under whose spell all ladies and men learned to dance.
  • Tangaroa-ru: Also known as Mapui-Kaufanga in Maori tales, she is goddess of the east winds, which bring rain.
  • Hina Kaluua: This Hawaiian mistress of rain, from Hilo, Hawai`i, keeps it in the family – her daughter, Hina, is the mother of the trickster, Maui.
  • Tangaroa: The father of all gods and goddesses, he took the form of a tree (a tree that no one ever did see).

While these Tiki carvings were based on legends of the South Pacific, a few of our own Disney Legends worked on the Tiki gods you find in the Enchanted Tiki Garden. They were primarily designed by Imagineers Marc Davis and Rolly Crump. The plaques and dialogue were written by Marty Sklar, who went on to become vice chairman and principal creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering.

I think my favorite Tiki god is poor Ngendei – I mean, who hasn’t felt like you were “just hanging on”? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog over the next few days, as we bring you even more features in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room!


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12 Comments 1 Reply

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Kathleen on June 19th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

It says “this video is private”

 

Erin Glover on June 19th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I’m sorry – we seem to be having difficulties with the video but we’re working to fix it. Thanks for your patience!

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Mandy on June 19th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Hi Erin,

I’ll be there next week for the 50th event! Hopefully the gods won’t be angry with all the celebratin’! ;)

FYI – the vid is marked private.

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George from NY on June 19th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I’m so sorry that I’m going to miss this! I love the Enchanted Tiki Room!

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kenny on June 19th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Rongo! He has time for sports, “number one kite flier” :)

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Adam from GA on June 19th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Is that Thurl Ravenscroft as the voice of Tangaroa?

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Benjamin on June 19th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

How can Ngendei be the creator of the all the gods if Tangaroa is the father of all gods and goddesses?

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Ari on June 19th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

That was awesome. Just watched it and totally made me smile. I love how I have been there a billion times and see something new everytime still. Great job.

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Fred from CA on June 19th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Very nice video. I’ve always really liked Pele, Ngendei, Maui, Tangaroa-ru, and Hina Kaluua.

The Tiki Room (and its pre-show) is classic. :)

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Karen on June 20th, 2013 at 3:28 am

#8 – My favorite has always always been Tangaroa, since he’s voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft – otherwise known as “Tony the Tiger”!! :)

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Louise on June 20th, 2013 at 4:55 am

Which ever god makes Pineapple Dole Whip! But really, I love em’ all – ever since my parents took me when I was little, I never miss the preshow. :)

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mike on June 20th, 2013 at 11:45 am

Hi Erin,

The Tiki Room is a personal favorite and it fits right in with my love of Park history. Being Walt’s creation and the first audio-animatronics makes it SPECIAL!!

On a recent visit to the Park I was told that the Disney family still has an ownership interest in this attraction. Can you confirm if this is true? I know that Walt personally held on to his beloved trains and the Monorail for a long while but believe they are all under the corporate umbrella now.

I look forward to your reply!

Arizona mike

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David from UT on June 21st, 2013 at 1:12 am

I love the Tiki Room! I am celebrating my 50th this year too! Wahoooo! Thanks for the video!

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