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The Disney Gallery Presents Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms – Celebrating 50 Years of Enchantment

posted on July 16th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


How many of you have already had the chance to swing by the new Disney Gallery location inside The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland park?

Gracing the walls of the new location are conceptual and definitive works of art themed to the new exhibit titled Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms, Celebrating 50 years of Enchantment. Here are some of the images from the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library that you can expect to see on display in this exhibit.

Conceptual and Definitive Works of Art Themed to the New Exhibit Titled 'Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms, Celebrating 50 years of Enchantment' Grace the Walls of the New Disney Gallery Location Conceptual and Definitive Works of Art Themed to the New Exhibit Titled 'Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms, Celebrating 50 years of Enchantment' Grace the Walls of the New Disney Gallery Location Conceptual and Definitive Works of Art Themed to the New Exhibit Titled 'Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms, Celebrating 50 years of Enchantment' Grace the Walls of the New Disney Gallery Location Conceptual and Definitive Works of Art Themed to the New Exhibit Titled 'Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms, Celebrating 50 years of Enchantment' Grace the Walls of the New Disney Gallery Location

The Enchanted Tiki Room attraction began with a bird. During a trip to New Orleans, Walt Disney came upon a mechanical singing bird in a collectibles shop. He brought it home and with the help of his Imagineers, set about figuring out how it worked and how he could improve it.

While his Imagineers worked on building a better bird, Walt began developing an idea for a table service restaurant in Adventureland called the Tiki Room. Here guests would watch these mechanical birds perform as part of a dinner show. That idea evolved into the Enchanted Tiki Room, the beloved Disneyland show that introduced the world to a new kind of storytelling technology: Audio-Animatronics figures.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Enchanted Tiki Room still charms and delights diverse audiences of all ages with its simple story, clever jokes and catchy songs performed by more than 200 Audio-Animatronics birds, tiki figures, tiki masks and flowers. Now, The Walt Disney Story welcomes you to enjoy the art, stories and bits of enchantment that have brought Polynesian paradises to life at Disney Parks around the world.

What else can you expect to find? Adjacent to The Disney Gallery is now the Disneyana Shop. Look for “Enchanted Interpretations” by many Disney-inspired artists, which will surely offer you a new birds-eye view of this classic Disney attraction.

'Enchanted Interpretations' at the Disneyana Shop, Adjacent to The Disney Gallery 'Enchanted Interpretations' at the Disneyana Shop, Adjacent to The Disney Gallery 'Enchanted Interpretations' at the Disneyana Shop, Adjacent to The Disney Gallery 'Enchanted Interpretations' at the Disneyana Shop, Adjacent to The Disney Gallery

As the Walt Disney Imagineering team explained, legendary Imagineer John Hench once recalled using visualization to design the interior of the Enchanted Tiki Room. He had envisioned a single Audio-Animatronics bird singing in a central space, followed by other birds, flowers and carved tiki figures joining in on a lively jam session that filled the room.

With the help of dedicated Imagineers, that vision first came to life at Disneyland. Since its debut, the Enchanted Tiki Room went on to inspire other attractions which featured Audio-Animatronics figures, such as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Pirates of the Caribbean. The innovative attraction did more than push Imagineers to further develop an exciting technology; it has inspired a new generation of artists to reinterpret favorite characters and moments from the groundbreaking show.

Popular artists with fond memories of the Enchanted Tiki Room have since taken that original vision of Walt, John Hench, Rolly Crump and other Imagineers, and put their own spin on paradise. Now we are proud to present art and collectibles as vibrant and unique as the classic Disney attraction that inspired them.

Will you fly by and check it out?

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Llance on July 16th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Can’t wait to see this. I love these exhibits, and I love the Tiki Room… My favorite : )

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Daniel on July 17th, 2013 at 11:30 am

Hi there, Michelle. Thank you for the article! Are there plans to offer any of the merchandise on the Disney Parks Online Store? The collectibles from Kevin and Jody are my absolute favorite!

 

Michelle Harker on July 19th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Hi Daniel! There are no plans to offer it online as of yet, but if that should occur, I’ll be sure to let you know.

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Brian and Karen on July 17th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Alooooooha!
The exhibit sounds really nice and a must see for Tiki Room fans. Now, why do I have a hankering for a Dole Whip Float?
Hey Jose, wake up, it’s time to start the show!
See you soon.

 

Michelle Harker on July 19th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I’m pretty sure that you’ll love it! I hope that you can make it down soon to check it out.

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Donna on July 18th, 2013 at 1:54 am

I am very excited to check out the Disney Gallery on my next Disneyland visit. I like how the theme changes every few months. The artwork on display always amazes me and how each individual artist’s style and inspiration is reflected.

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Jennifer on July 22nd, 2013 at 12:57 pm

My husband and I stopped by this exhibit last week while visiting Disneyland, we also managed three trips to the Tiki Room and two Dole Whip encounters last week.This was a great exhibit and I tried to take as many photos as I could. We even tried to get a photo of the bird on display on our shoulders with some creative camera angles. :) We also added to our Tiki collection by buying a few items from the Disneyana Store near the gallery. And here’s a tip: look for the Dole Whip Tiki Room recipe cards when buying your dole whip! They are neat and FREE souvenier!

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