Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, which has also been known as Tropical Serenade, has entertained millions since the Sunshine Pavilion first opened its doors on October 1, 1971 in the Magic Kingdom Park.
In 1998, following substantial refurbishment, it re-launched as The Enchanted Tiki Room—Under New Management, with 2 famous birds—Iago from Disney’s Aladdin and Zazu from Disney’s The Lion King—taking control to spruce up the show.
On January 12, 2011, a small fire broke out in the attic of the attraction. The Iago audio-animatronic figure was severely damaged in the blaze. It was announced at Disney’s D23 Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary Conference that the attraction would be refurbished and returned to the original show format.
The attraction re-opened on August 15, 2011 as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and was reinstated as a slightly edited version of Disneyland’s original show.
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Walt Disney World Resort pays tribute to the original Disneyland show, maintaining the original intent created by Walt Disney and his original team of Imagineers. At the same time, it features some modern technology—a state-of-the-art show-control system, remastered audio, and a new versatile and energy-efficient lighting system.
This lively revue showcases a colorful menagerie of flowers, tikis and 200 performing Audio-Animatronic birds. Take a seat in a cool tropical pavilion, sit back and watch these enchanted performers assemble along the ceiling of the circular theater. As the lights go down, the birds spring into action with a melodic musical performance.
After all these years, this unique show still offers magical touches and delightful surprises. Even the audience gets into the act, joining in during the ditty “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing.”
The Sunshine Pavilion is located in the 9-tiered tower in the Adventureland central hub, just west of the spinning Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
- Ride Length = approx 9 – 10 minutes
- Year Opened: 1971
- The show closed on September 1, 1997 for renovations and updating, re-opening on April 5th 1998 as The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management
- The show closed once again on January 12, 2001 due to a fire and reopened August 15, 2011 as a slightly edited version of Disneyland’s original show.
- The original plan for the Tiki Room was to have it as a Disney restaurant, not an attraction.
- Gilbert Gottfried was the voice of Iago and Michael Gough was the voice of Zazu. From Aladdin and The Lion King, respectively.
- The Tiki gods that can be seen in and around the showroom are fashioned after the mythological Tiki gods of the Polynesian Islands—particularly Hawaii, Fiji, Tonga, and the Cook Islands.
- The roof of the Tiki birds is made of steel painted to look like straw.
- José is hispanic, Pierre is French, Michael is Irish, and Fritz is German.
- The Tiki gods that can be seen in and around the showroom are fashioned after the mythological Tiki gods of the Polynesian Islands—particularly Hawaii, Fiji, Tonga, and the Cook Islands
- One of the perches a bird is on, has a hidden Mickey in wicker, tied to the bottom.
- Handheld Captioning is available at this attraction. Please visit Guest Relations to obtain a device.
- Assistive Listening Receivers, which amplify the audio, may be used at this location. Please visit Guest Relations to obtain a receiver.
- Guests may rent attraction translation device units at Guest Relations locations in the Theme Parks with a refundable deposit.
- Guests may remain in their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to experience the attraction..
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