Opening in 1963, The Enchanted Tiki Room was the first Disneyland park attraction to feature Audio-Animatronic figures, and due to their need to be operated with computers, it was the first fully air-conditioned attraction in the park.
At Walt Disney World Resort, we can experience a version of that attraction right here in our own Adventureland. I was asked if I could take a couple of photos, to help commemorate the 50th anniversary, so I revisited this iconic attraction yesterday morning, the first time in probably 10 or 15 years, for me.
I was pleasantly reminded what a delightful experience it is, from the time I entered the queue area, being swallowed up in lush tropical foliage, the sounds of a gigantic waterfall drowning out all other non-Polynesian sounds. The rhythmic drums in the distance welcomed me into a beautiful south-seas style thatched hut theater, and the air-conditioning felt wonderful!
The 12-minute show was such fun, with over a hundred brightly colored robotic birds, flowers and tiki gods singing a medley of songs, representing cultures from around the world. I was blown away by the beauty and attention to detail of each audio-animatronic figure, as well as the superb sound system that allows them to sing with such perfection. If you haven’t experienced this tropical treat, you should – plus, you will really enjoy the a/c this time of year, a bonus!