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Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

Tropical birds, Tiki gods and colorful flowers come to life in a swinging South Seas musical extravaganza!

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Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, nestled in the heart of Adventureland at Magic Kingdom, is a beloved classic that has enchanted guests for decades. This unique attraction transports visitors to a lush, tropical paradise where a vibrant menagerie of Audio-Animatronic birds, flowers, and tiki statues come to life in a melodic serenade. 

 

Originally inspired by the mid-20th century American tiki culture and Polynesian pop aesthetic, the Enchanted Tiki Room first opened at Disneyland in 1963, pioneering the use of Audio-Animatronics technology. The Magic Kingdom’s version, initially called Tropical Serenade, debuted on the park’s opening day in 1971 as a near-identical recreation of the Disneyland original. 

 

Step inside this enchanting theater-in-the-round, and prepare to be swept away by the catchy tunes, clever lyrics, and immersive atmosphere that have made the Enchanted Tiki Room a beloved Disney classic for generations of guests.

Enchanted Tiki Room Ride Information

  • Location: Adventureland, across from The Jungle Cruise and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Height Requirement: There is no height requirement for this ride
  • Single Rider: No single rider for this attraction
  • Ride Duration: Approximately 16 minutes, including a 4-minute pre-show
  • Genie+ and Lightning Lane: Genie+ and Lightning Lane are not currently available for this ride
  • Rider Switch/Child Swap: Not offered (no height requirement)
  • Disability Access Service (DAS): DAS is available for those who need it. Wheelchair accessible, assistive listening devices available
  • Best Times to Visit: During the hottest and busiest times of day to escape the heat and crowds; open during Extended Evening Theme Park Hours but not Early Entry
  • Early Entry: Not an Early Entry ride
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History and Design

The Enchanted Tiki Room holds a special place in Disney history as the first attraction to feature Audio-Animatronics technology. It originally opened on June 23, 1963, at Disneyland, drawing inspiration from the mid-20th century American tiki culture and Polynesian pop aesthetic.

 

Designed by WED Enterprises (now known as Walt Disney Imagineering), the attraction’s architecture features a tropical pavilion adorned with vibrant flowers, tiki statues, and a central fountain. The interior is a theater-in-the-round, with seating arranged in a circle facing the center stage.

 

The Magic Kingdom version, initially called Tropical Serenade, opened on October 1, 1971, as a near-identical copy of the Disneyland original. It underwent several name changes and updates over the years, including a controversial “Under New Management” version featuring Iago from Aladdin and Zazu from The Lion King, which was met with mixed reactions from guests.

 

After a fire in 2011, the attraction was refurbished and reverted to its classic format, now known as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, with a slightly edited version of the original Disneyland show.

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The Ride Experience

Queue and Pre-Show

As you approach the Disney World Enchanted Tiki Room, you’ll notice the covered, open-air queue area adorned with tropical foliage and tiki statues. Here, you can enjoy a delightful pre-show featuring Clyde and Claude, two Audio-Animatronic birds who banter and introduce the story of the Tiki Room.The pre-show culminates with the parting of a waterfall, revealing the entrance to the main theater. This clever transition sets the stage for the immersive experience to come.

 

Main Show

Once inside the dimly lit theater, you’ll be seated on hard-backed benches arranged in a circle, facing the central stage. As the show begins, you’ll be greeted by the iconic hosts: Jose, Michael, Fritz, and Pierre, a quartet of macaws who lead the tropical serenade. Over 150 Audio-Animatronic figures, including birds, flowers, tiki drummers, and totem poles, come to life, singing and dancing to classic tunes like “In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” and “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing.”

 

The highlight is the rousing finale, “Hawaiian War Chant,” where every figure joins in a lively performance. One of the most memorable moments is the simulated tropical storm, complete with thunder, lightning, and rain effects, adding an extra layer of immersion to the experience. As you exit, you’ll hear a unique arrangement of “Heigh-Ho” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, thanking you for attending the show.

 

Music and Atmosphere

The Enchanted Tiki Room’s soundtrack, composed by the legendary Sherman Brothers, is a true highlight. The catchy tunes and clever lyrics are sure to stick in your head long after your visit. The atmospheric effects, including the simulated storm and the sound of running water from the central fountain, further enhance the tropical ambiance, transporting you to a lush, exotic paradise.

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Tips for Riders

  • Arrive early to secure a seat closer to the center of the theater for the best view.
  • Prepare young children for the simulated storm effects, as they may be frightening for some.
  • Bring a portable fan or cooling towel, as the theater can get warm during peak hours.
  • Consider visiting during the hottest and busiest times of day to escape the heat and crowds.
  • Don’t forget to grab a Dole Whip from nearby Aloha Isle before or after the show for a refreshing treat.
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Comparison with Other Enchanted Tiki Room Attractions

While the Magic Kingdom’s Enchanted Tiki Room is a faithful recreation of the Disneyland original, there are a few notable differences among the various Disney Parks:

 

  • Disneyland: The original Enchanted Tiki Room, opened in 1963, features the classic show and serves as the benchmark for all other versions.
  • Tokyo Disneyland: The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai! features Stitch from Lilo & Stitch and is the only version without the classic theme song.
  • Disneyland Paris: Adventureland Bazaar replaced the Enchanted Tiki Room with a shopping area.

 

Despite the variations, the Magic Kingdom’s Enchanted Tiki Room remains true to the original vision, offering a nostalgic and immersive experience for guests of all ages.

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Enchanted Tiki Room Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is the Enchanted Tiki Room scary for young children?
    While the attraction is generally suitable for all ages, the simulated storm effects with thunder, lightning, and rain may frighten some young children. It’s advisable to prepare them in advance or consider their sensitivity to such effects.
  2. Can I bring food and drinks into the Enchanted Tiki Room?
    Yes, you can bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages into the theater, including the popular Dole Whip from nearby Aloha Isle.
  3. Is the Enchanted Tiki Room wheelchair accessible?
    Yes, the attraction is wheelchair accessible, and guests can remain in their wheelchairs or ECVs during the show.
  4. How long is the Enchanted Tiki Room show?
    The Enchanted Tiki Room runs for about 16 minutes, including a 4 minute pre-show.
  5. Is the Enchanted Tiki Room open during Extra Magic Hours?
    The attraction is open during Extended Evening Theme Park Hours but not during Early Entry.
  6. Can I use Genie+ or Lightning Lane for the Enchanted Tiki Room?
    No, Genie+ and Lightning Lane are not available for this attraction.
  7. Is the Enchanted Tiki Room air-conditioned?
    Yes, the theater is air-conditioned, providing a cool respite from the Florida heat.
  8. Are there any height requirements for the Enchanted Tiki Room?
    No, there are no height requirements for this attraction, making it suitable for guests of all ages and sizes.
  9. Does Disney World have an Enchanted Tiki Room?

Yes! The Enchanted Tiki Room Walt Disney World is still up and running! It makes a great spot to get out of the hot sun!

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Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

Final Thoughts

Walt Disneys Enchanted Tiki Room is a timeless classic that continues to delight and enchant visitors to Magic Kingdom. With its charming Audio-Animatronics, catchy tunes, and immersive tropical atmosphere, it offers a unique and memorable experience that captures the essence of Disney magic.


Whether you’re a long-time fan or a first-time visitor, the Enchanted Tiki Room is a must-see attraction that transports you to a whimsical world of singing birds, talking tiki statues, and lush vegetation. So sit back, relax, and let the tropical serenade sweep you away on a delightful adventure.

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Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Ride Review | Disney World
The Final Word
Whether you're a lifelong Disney fan or visiting for the first time, the Enchanted Tiki Room offers a delightfully nostalgic and unforgettable experience for the whole family. Escape the crowds and heat in this air-conditioned tropical oasis!
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