Published: November 6, 2009 at 1:15 PMcouldn't agree more. Hopefully Disney doesn't take away the Tiki room. It is great because of the fact that it is so unique and that's what makes Disney so great.
Although I will admit I actually don't mind the "under new management" show.
Published: November 6, 2009 at 1:19 PMI have fond childhood memories of Disneylands Tiki Room, though I haven't been to California in over 20 years. While vacationing in Florida this past summer, I wanted to share those memories with my family, so I convinced them to see the Tiki Room show with me to relive the past. Needless to say...OMG! The new show was horrible! Please, please Disneyworld, bring the old show back!
Published: November 6, 2009 at 1:23 PMMy husband and I adore the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. It is one of our must-do attractions on every trip. The birds and music are so sweet and charming they beckon us to sing along and feel immersed in their magical world. In fact, it is the "happy place" I go to in my mind when I need a respite from the stress of daily life. Thank you for this post. I hope Disneyland never "revamp" this classic attraction like the versions at other parks. Walt's original Enchanted Tiki Room is the best!
Published: November 6, 2009 at 1:31 PMI miss the "old management" too.
I thought the new Tiki was funny maybe the first time I saw it - i.e. when those birds' movies were newer. What year did Aladdin come out anyway?
Now, I always hate the "tease" when the birds break into the Tiki original theme only to be stopped by the new management.
I distinctly remember as a child being a real brat complaining about having to see a show rather than more riding more rides. Then, the show started, and each progressive set of animatronics came to life. That wonder and amazement shut this brat up!!!
Published: November 6, 2009 at 2:41 PMI've never seen the one in Disneyland to compare to MK show, but I will say I love the tiki room show. Granted I haven't been to MK in a while to see what the show is like now, but I do agree it is VERY under rated considering how Walt's birds really did change the face of theme park, again my own opinion. From the pre-show til the very end to now talking about it, the little catchy song "in the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room.." is in my head (thanks Robert lol) I agree it is one show that needs much love, as a FL native and going to Disney since 1974 (1973 if you count my mom's preg time lol) I've seen Disney grow and change over the years. It is one of the last great "shows" in my opinion there.
Also my thoughts and prayers to the families of not only Fort Hood, but today's shooting in Orlando.
Published: November 6, 2009 at 7:46 PMOne of my most cherished memories...
...my then three year old son, almost asleep, smiling, sitting on his Daddy's shoulders. Waiting for the bus in front of Disneyland at closing.
And singing, "Tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room..."
Published: November 7, 2009 at 5:53 AMHi there
Published: November 7, 2009 at 7:15 AMHaving not seen the Disneyland version of Tiki in over 20 years, I cannot really comment on its merits, but I do agree that the show at the Magic Kingdom is lame at best. Furthermore, I would put Carousel of Progress up against anything animatronic Disney has ever provided. To me it perfectly captures the magic, nostalgia, humor, and sentimentality Walt himself always wanted people to associate with his work.
As for the statement that Expedition Everest's Yeti animatronic is somehow less important to the overall ride experience just because WDI is too lazy/cheap/foolish/short-sighted to properly fix the thing, I have to disagree. The lunging Yeti is to Everest what frosting is to cake, or what a big toe is to a foot: one is insufficient without the other. You simply cannot produce an astonishing exclamation without the use of an exclamation point! The Yeti's final lunge as your car passes just out of its reach was Everest's exclamation point and the ride is somehow diminished without that moment. I guarantee you Mr. Joe Rohde, distended earlobes and all, is horrified at the current state of his baby.
Sorry to bloviate on just one point in your article, but I refuse to let Disney off the hook for the current state of the Yeti. Once you have experienced Expedition Everest with an A-Mode lunging Yeti, all other modes of operation (B-Mode, Show-Mode, and/or Dance Club Mode) just aren't good enough. In fact, they are (as Rob P wrote in another thread) abominable. ;)
Published: November 7, 2009 at 7:23 PMI agree with James' Yeti rant!
I've been on Everest each of the last two years - Yeti has been frozen each time I've seen it.
I likewise agree with the the thumbs up to Carousel of Progress. One thing - Will they just redo that last room? - pretty please!!! Geez, the clothes alone in that scene appear a decade or so past...
Published: November 7, 2009 at 11:21 PMNice article about the Tiki Room, Robert (the real one, not that bastardization at WDW). DL's Tiki is an underrated and very charming attraction and show. Although newer AAs are more advanced and fully articulated in their movements, the technology lends itself very well to a bird show. Thanks for recognizing one of my fave Disneyland attractions.