The New Tiki Room.
I think its fairly obvious that I’m a big fan of Tiki culture from the Atomic Age. Just do a quick search on here for tiki and it will be pretty easy to see. Another thing I’m a massive fan of is Disney Land and Disney World attractions from the same time. The one place where these meet perfectly in the middle is Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room attraction, which closed in 1997, was replaced by something awful and then burned down. Well, its back and, according to Passport to Dreams Old and New, its not so bad.
I mean, yeah, it’s not exactly what closed here in 1997. There’s no fountain or anything to replace it, to begin with. I’m not sure anything is forthcoming, either, and we should probably resign ourselves to that. And not only does this new Tiki show cut the Offenbach number that Disneyland removed in the 90’s, it goes it one better and removes the entire second half of “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing”, the sing along segment. While the historian in me is somewhat leery of losing both the fountain and the sing-along, my practical side is very pleased.
It’s wonderful to go to Disneyland and see their Tiki Room because audiences have an established tradition of the show much like the one we enjoy in Florida for Country Bear Jamboree: they whistle and sing along with it. In Florida, where the Tiki Room has never been as big of a deal, some pruning was called for. I believe that this is the right Tiki Room for Florida.
And the atmosphere, thank goodness, is still there…
That last line is the kicker. That’s what has always been so great about older attractions like the Tiki Room, the atmosphere. The off colors, the old animatronics and, of course, the tiki theme itself; these things are what make for great nostalgia. Can’t wait to go back to Florida and give it a go.