Just a quick update on some rumors swirling around the fire that took place at the Enchanted Tiki Room earlier this week. The original word from Disney was that it was just a small attic fire with only some minor damaged caused by water from the sprinklers. However, now I’m hearing that the main Iago animatronic (the obnoxious bird from Aladdin) was damaged beyond repair in the fire. Additionally, water damage to the large centerpiece that drops from the ceiling and Zazu were also pretty bad.
All we know officially is that the Tiki Room remains closed today. But if the rumors are true, this presents something of an opportunity for Disney World management. The “under new management” version has never been a hit with Disney fans. Plus when the Aladdin Magic Carpets attraction was added to Adventureland, the entrance to the Tiki Room was suddenly obscured. Those two factors have contributed to an under utilization of that space.
Disney World should take advantage of this downtime to do a little restorative work on the attraction and relocate the entrance so that it faces the Jungle Cruise (or Pirates). If they rushed things changes could be completed in time for the October 1st 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom. (I’m not the only one to have this idea, check out this article on ProgressCityUSA blog)
I’d rather they not rush things, but with the Fantasyland Expansion, the Magic Kingdom will already be operating with a reduced number of attractions. So some sense of urgency is required. Budget-wise, it’s cheaper to fix a couple broken audio-animatronics than it is to restore the original show, yet alone put in a new one, so I’m sure that’s the solution Disney is leaning toward. But a Disney fan can dream right?
Previously: Fire reported at Magic Kingdom’s Tiki Room.
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I like your thoughts re the Tiki Room. As to ‘reduced umber of attractions’, seems to me they have basically closed or covered half the park. I pity anyone who is making first or infrequent visit at this time. This didn’t used to happen- but then again, they used to do nightly maintainance.
They should just bring back the original version of the show.
I think they should have a new attraction called
“Birds of a Feather”
and put in all the bird characters from many different movies. The vultures from Jungle Book, Iago from Aladdin, perhaps a Donald animatronic. Completely revamp the entire attraction…and make it something worth seeing.
Get Alan Menken to write some new songs, get Glenn Slater or a new lyricist to supply some new lyrics, and put on a show that would make people “flock” to this new attraction.
An update on the Tiki Room – http://ht.ly/3EzAD – Rumors say fire damage more severe than 1st reported. Could be opportunity for a new show
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I loved the original Tiki Room show and was very happy that I could still see it in Disneyland. This fire was not a good thing but bringing back the original show would be the best thing. Hopefully this will be the case.
“the main Iago animatronic (the obnoxious bird from Aladdin) was damaged beyond repair in the fire.”
Would love to see the show restored back to the original but will take either version, just so long as it opens again. I can’t imagine a trip to WDW without my birds!
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