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.
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.