The Enchanted Tiki Room opens at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Published: August 14, 2011 at 7:22 PM
After fate struck down the wretched "Under New Management" version earlier this year, Disney's wisely brought the Disneyland version of the show to the Magic Kingdom, allowing Florida visitors to enjoy the abbreviated version of Walt's original Audio Animatronic show that California visitors have been enjoying for years.
Jose in the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland
The central fountain's still missing from the Magic Kingdom's tiki room, meaning that the show opening today isn't exactly a duplicate of the version playing at Disneyland. For fans of the Magic Kingdom's first version of the Tiki Room show, "Tropical Serenade," this version also lacks the Offenbach number, the lull in the show that prompted thousands of visitors to flee the theater over the years.
The Magic Kingdom's Enhanted Tiki Room now plays at a tight 10 minutes, with the Sherman Brothers' "The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room" kicking off the show, followed by "Let's All Sing Like the Birdies Sing," the luau, the storm and the finale.
Your hosts are the same quartet of ethic stereotypes - Jose, Pierre, Michael and Fritz - spouting the same tired one-liners from the 1963 script. Few under age 50 will catch the vocal references to Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong ad Maurice Chevalier as the birdmobile perfoms.
But who cares? This version of Enchanted Tiki Room restores the earnest charm of Disney showmanship to this corner of Adventureland, replacing the attempt at Universal-like sarcasm that Disney dreadfully failed to pull off in "Under New Management."
Let's all sing like the birdies sing? Sure.