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Disneyland converting Aladdin’s Oasis into Tropical Hideaway

For a few brief years in the mid-90s Disneyland’s Aladdin’s Oasis was home to a themed dinner show that was popular, but apparently not very profitable. It later became just a restaurant and finally a photo op location. Before that, of course, is was home… Read More »Disneyland converting Aladdin’s Oasis into Tropical Hideaway

Retro Classic Disney Attraction T-Shirts

While strolling through Magic Kingdom the other day, I noticed a set of six new retro classic Disney attraction t-shirts. They’re perfect for the Disney fan who wants the world to know they know style when they see it. They just choose to ignore it… Read More »Retro Classic Disney Attraction T-Shirts

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