50 years ago, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room first opened to the public. While Disneyland was already entertaining guests with top quality attractions, the Tiki Room was unlike anything seen before.
The show was a technological marvel of its time, using then state-of-the-art computers to create characters that talked, moved and even breathed in a lifelike way. Five decades and countless performances later, we’re taking a look at 10 fascinating facts about the place where the birds sing and the flowers croon.
9The Hawaiian Theme Inspired Sponsors
Many of the Disney parks attractions have had outside sponsors to help with the costs of developing and maintaining them. When The Enchanted Tiki Room first opened, it was sponsored by United Airlines. United was running a special promotion on flights to the then new state of Hawaii when the Disneyland attraction opened, so a show with a Polynesian flair was an excellent advertising tool for the airline.
In 1976, Dole took over sponsorship and has been the show’s sponsor ever since. They also provide the famous Dole Whip treats available at the snack bar near the Tiki Room entrance.