This past Saturday, I attended the 50th Anniversary event for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at the Disneyland Hotel. You might recall my fellow author Michelle Harker telling you about the event a few months ago on the Disney Parks Blog. I was thrilled to go, as words can’t describe my love for this classic Disney attraction. I took a few photographs that I thought I would share with you.
For this event, we introduced several new wondrous creations including original works of art, prints, decorative objects, apparel and more. The Disney pin team also released several new pins including a popular mystery pin set. Guests who attended the event had a first purchase opportunity for these items. I really wanted to take home the original art by SHAG (aka Josh Agle) of the Enchanted Tiki Garden at Disneyland park (sadly, I didn’t find a suitcase big enough).
Throughout the day, guests could meet the artists who created items for this event including Disney Design Group artists, Alex Maher and Mike Sullivan, as well as Disney-inspired artists Dave Avanzino, Jody Daily, Jeremy Fulton, Doug Horne, Katie Kelly, Kevin Kidney, Noah, Robert Olszewski, SHAG, Javier Soto and Yakovetic.
Attendees had a spacious area for trading pins with each other; and the event team offered four decorated trading boards throughout the day. I loved seeing the oversized attraction posters hanging above the trading area.
One of the highlights of the event was listening to Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Rolly Crump talk about creating the original Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland park. They joined some current Walt Disney Imagineers for three insightful and entertaining sessions. I could have listened to them talk for hours about working with Walt Disney!
To continue the 50th anniversary celebration this week, we are offering a tee-shirt on the Disney Parks online store – DisneyStore.com/ParkEvents – through July 7, 2013 (please allow six-to-eight weeks for delivery).