The Tiki Room Tale That You’ve Probably Never Been Told!
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As a true Disney classic, The Enchanted Tiki Room has been a favorite of guests for generations. While you may have experienced the attraction first hand or one of it’s many variations in the Disney Parks, I can bet that you may have never heard how Walt Disney supposedly came up with the idea in the first place.

As the story goes, long before Walt decided to create The Enchanted Tiki Room attraction, he, his wife Lillian, and their children took a trip to Europe. While on that trip, as was typical, Walt stopped and explored quite a few of the little antique shops that were in the area. For Walt, this certainly would not be out of the ordinary when you take into account his love of antiques which was largely prevalent in the creation of Disneyland’s “One Of A Kind” shop and later Walt Disney World’s “Olde World Antiques.” However, what Walt found could have led to many of the complex audio-animatronics we witness today throughout the parks! (photo: Disney

While wondering through one particular antique shop, Walt found a variety of wind up toys that featured very subtle and simple movements as a result of a crank or other user input to make the components function. As intricate, yet simple, as these designs must have been, Walt was knowingly fascinated with marvels of engineering and the world of unique “technologies.” 

Many believe that these little wind up toys sparked a thought in Walt’s mind that never truly left him. As with anything he imagined, the idea was never left as simply an idea, but rather an opportunity to try something new and experiment with new ways of creating unique concepts. So, years later he developed a completely revolutionary concept for animatronic figures known today as audio-animatronics. Believe it or not, the first debut of these outstanding marvels of engineering in an attraction was none other that The Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. 

Of course we all know the song by heart no matter if you’ve been to the Disney parks or not, but the song itself was designed to really explain the entire idea for the attraction. Richard Sherman (composer for such iconic films as Mary Poppins and other classic Disney attractions/films) explained the story of the music a short while ago at a D23 expo. According to Sherman, one day Walt simply met him outside of a certain room in the production area for the theme parks and wanted to show him something new. They walked into the room and Sherman says that the animatronics were sitting there moving and interacting on their own. When the whole experience was over Walt looked at him and asked “What do you think?” To which Sherman essentially replied, it’s great but I don’t know what it is! Walt simply said, you’re going to write a song to explain all of this. As a result, the Sherman Brothers developed the catchy tune that we all know and love today. Simply put, “The birds sing words and the flowers bloom In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room!” (photo: 

When you think about, thats really the only way to explain it! At first, the whole concept was set to be a dinner show, but development issues forced that change into what it has become today. The dining experience would have been outstanding to experience, but I certainly wouldn’t trade what we have today for anything! 

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