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Fate Brings Changes To Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

On January 12th, 2011 Fate stepped in to help bring about changes to The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) at the Walt Disney World Resort.  A fire broke out in the attic of the attraction and the Iago audio-animatronic figure was severely damaged.  Disney recently confirmed at the D23 Destination D: Walt Disney World 40TH Anniversary Conference that the attraction will be returning to its roots and changing the show to something more reminiscent of when the show was called Tropical Serenade.

The Enchanted Tiki Room History
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room was a landmark achievement when it first opened in Disneyland in 1963.  This attraction became the first to utilize audio-animatronic characters.  This pre-dated Disney's work with the well known Abraham Lincoln figure that made it's mark at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.

In what was to originally be a dinner show attraction, it was decided during the design phase to drop the dining aspect and turn the show into it's own attraction for Disneyland.

When Disney World was built The Enchanted Tiki Room had to be part of the new Magic Kingdom.  As an opening day attraction on October 1, 1971 it was almost identical to the Disneyland version, but received the name: Tropical Serenade.

This family friendly attraction included 88 singing audio-animatronic birds along with animated tikis, flowers, masks, and drummers.

In 1998, the Disney Imagineers attempted to "plus" the attraction by adding characters from then recent Disney Movies Aladdin and The Lion King.  It was renamed The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management to reflect the changes to the show.

The pre-show was also updated to set the stage for the show inside by having two bird agents argue about their bird being the big new star of the show.

Zazu from The Lion King

Iago from Aladdin voiced by Gilbert Gottfried.

The changes in the show really counted on the audience being familiar with the characters of Zazu and Iago.  As time went on the show became dated and the shows became less and less crowded.  Disney lost the "timeless" factor that makes many of their classic attractions fan favorites year after year.

After the fire the Disney Imagineers took the opportunity to listen to the Disney World fans and bring about changes to the show closer to the original version.

Current plans call for the new "old" show to return to the Magic Kingdom on August 15, 2011.  It will be called The Enchanted Tiki Room.  We are looking forward to the return of this "timeless" classic that relies less on current movie characters and more on good family entertainment.

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