Enchanted Tiki Room: Managers Fired   7 comments

When Fire Meets Bird

This past week, The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management at the Magic Kingdom had a small attic fire. The show was evac’d as RCFD (Reedy Creek Fire Department) extinguished the small fire. No injuries were reported.

Twitter and various Disney websites (and even I) began joking about this. Comments ranging from ‘Great! It’s gone!’ to “It’s the Little Orange Bird’s Revenge!” were everywhere. No one seemed to really care because of how hated the show is.

The following day, reliable sources spread word that the Zazu Audio Animatronic and Bird Mobile received minor damage, and the main Iago Audio Animatronic was damaged beyond repair. More jokes, and some serious talk ensued. Yes, even I joked. I came up with the simple solution of using strobe lights to make it look like Iago is moving, which I dubbed “DiscIago” (a play off of the Disco Yeti).   But believe me, I am very upset that the original AAs and structures were damaged. It’s never fun when something happens to 71′ originals.

"Audio Animatronics?"

The Enchanted Tiki Room: A Quick History Lesson

As any Disney fan knows, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opened in Disneyland in 1963. It was the first use of Audio Animatronics ever.The show was so popular that it was an opening day attraction in Walt Disney World, albeit with a new pre-show and name, “Tropical Serenade”.  Tropical Serenade closed in 1997 to become “The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management”. This new show would star Iago and Zazu from the popular films Aladdin and The Lion King (respectively).  Over time, the show has lost it’s luster. The characters are not as relevant as they were in the late 90’s, and the songs and jokes are terribly outdated. While still somewhat of an enjoyable show, it has been there, without change, for far too long.

What Does The Future Hold?

In 2005, for Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary, their show was restored to it’s original glory. New lighting, sound, feathers. Rumors had been circulating that Walt Disney World would get a similar treatment for it’s 40th Anniversary. Seeing as it is now January, and there were no scheduled closures planned this year, we must assume that we were to never get the show back.

But now that there was this fire that has removed the main focus of the show, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to put Serenade back. It wouldn’t be too expensive, either. All they would have to do is remove the Iago and Zazu AAs, reinstall the original soundtrack and lighting, and BOOM! a new old attraction!  While yes, the Bird Mobile wouldn’t be usable, I think we can manage. They wouldn’t even have to use that weird tiki god in the fountain, nor the Iago above the exit door. Free parts for new AAs. No new show means no new music or programming. It’s cost-effective.

Or, is the more logical answer to shut down the attraction and leave it vacant? We don’t need any more empty rooms in Adventureland, and one of Walt’s greatest achievements needs to be represented in this park. What about new characters? The Stitch version in Tokyo is highly popular, and very cool. But that’s not likely to happen unless they want to spend money on another amazing Stitch AA.

So, the Enchanted Tiki Room should become filled with crooning birds, singing as they did in 1971.  Like the Phoenix, (which is also a bird!) out of the ashes comes something great and new. So that’s what I want to see. Tropical Phoenixes that ‘tweet, tweet tweet, tweet tweet’.

What do you foresee? Do you think it’s possible they will convert it back?

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7 responses to “Enchanted Tiki Room: Managers Fired

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  1. Stitch?

    U Mad?

    • This is tricky. I like Stitch, and the AA of him is insane. As much as I would adore that version of the show, I just don’t want that to happen. I want Tropical Serenade back because of its connection with Walt.

  2. While I am not too familiar with the Tiki Room at WDW, I know people would throw a fit if a fire occurred at the Disneyland Tiki Room and management there did not fix it. Maybe the mentality in California is different than Florida, but I would hope a Walt Disney original attraction would get the tlc and respect it deserves especially after an incident like this.

    • Yes, because that’s the original version of the show. The version at WDW is way worse. It’s horrible and a dishonor to the original attraction. We hope this fire on WDI’s pants will make them notice that they need to bring back the original show PRONTO.

      Plus, Gilbert Gottfried’s voice is annoying.

  3. Well for anyone reading: Rumors have it that a new Iago has been ordered, and that the show should be back up by June. As always, I don’t care how reliable the source is, I don’t buy it.

  4. im not sure if another theme that could be outdated within a matter of years would be a good investment for the ETR. Making the show be an updated, refurbished and generic original would probably be the best solution.

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