2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room
Written by Robert Niles
Two months ago, I argued that Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room was, and is, the best animatronic show ever made: an "under-rated attraction that plays to the strength of the animatronic medium."Tweet
Well, some of you seem to agree with me that the Tiki Room's a good show because Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room has made the field for the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament. However, perhaps justifying my call that the Tiki Room is under-rated, my pick as the best animatronic show comes in as only the 12th seed in the Best Movie or Animated Show bracket. (Or, maybe, you just think the show is good, but not that good.)
The Enchanted Tiki Room opened in June 1963, as the Walt Disney Company's first-ever Audio-Animatronic attraction. Set in a relatively small, but immersive room, where singing birds and flowers hang from the ceiling and the walls themselves become part of the show, the Enchanted Tiki Room show takes place all around and above visitors. Most folks under 40 will miss the dated vocal references to 1950s and '60s celebrities such as Maurice Chevalier, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, but kids will enjoy the colorful birds and flowers, not to mention the singing tikis and totems.
Here's a great YouTube video which includes the pre-show, as well as the entire Tiki Room performance:
Can the Tiki Room pull the famed "12 versus 5" upset and move on to the next round? We'll find out when voting begins in March for the Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament. In the meantime, please share in the comments your thoughts about the Enchanted Tiki Room, and its place within the industry.
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