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First look at Disneyland’s new Tropical Hideaway quick service

All the little birds of Disneyland are chirping about a new quick service location that’s set to open soon along the river banks of Adventureland. We now have our first look inside the Tropical Hideaway, which will no doubt become a favorite hangout for guests… Read More »First look at Disneyland’s new Tropical Hideaway quick service

Couple executes stealth wedding inside Disneyland

I married my most amazing Disney wife on a balcony of the Grand Californian overlooking Disney California Adventure, but I’ve often thought about how a couple could get married inside Disneyland without paying the somewhat exorbitant fees the company charges for an in park gathering.… Read More »Couple executes stealth wedding inside Disneyland

Behind the Tiki Bar at Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Although Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was originally sponsored by United Airlines, in 1973 the sponsorship was taken over by Dole. This brought the addition of Dole Pineapple flavored treats to the little bar in front of the attraction. So, as the Tiki Room celebrates… Read More »Behind the Tiki Bar at Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Enchanted Tiki Room Turns 50 This Sunday

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It’s hard to believe but Sunday, June 23, will mark the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. Crowds were wowed by the world’s first Audio-Animatronics show in a place where the birds sing words and flowers croon.

Inspiration for the Tiki Room came from Walt Disney’s earliest days of animated filmmaking, as he looked for a way to animate in three dimensions. He was fascinated by an antique, miniature mechanical songbird that he had purchased in New Orleans and thought if someone could animate this figure a century before, it should be possible to do it using modern technology.

The resulting Audio-Animatronics technology developed for the Enchanted Tiki Room would eventually lead to such iconic Disney theme park attractions as “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and others.

“The Enchanted Tiki Room continues to delight thousands of guests every day, some 50 years after Walt originally introduced us to Jose, Michael, Pierre & Fritz,” said Jon Storbeck, vice president of Disneyland Park. You might enjoy reading about the experiences of one of the attractions original VIP Hostess or The Disney Blog columnist Linda’s experience shadowing Walt Disney on the press preview.Read More »Enchanted Tiki Room Turns 50 This Sunday