Rob P

Published: August 15, 2011 at 5:11 AM

Just two words to sum this up :

HOO and RAY

Dominick D

Published: August 15, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Im glad the (somewhat) original is back! Now hopefully people will come back to the tiki room.
Anthony Murphy
Writer

Published: August 15, 2011 at 6:31 AM

Its a start! I would love to see the DL version back here with the fountain, but hey, Iago and Zazu have finally flown the coop.

Are there any sly references to them, like two chicken dinners? :)

Also, what about the preshow?

Phil B.

Published: August 15, 2011 at 6:47 AM

Meh, liked New Management better
Brandon Mendoza

Published: August 15, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Woo hoo! Glad the Universal Studios style sarcasm is gone! Things like that just don't fit in Disney. I love it at the Universal shows, but not at Disney. Glad to hear that the show is streamlined to 10 mins as well! I do wish more was plussed on this attraction, but this is a much better version than the "New Mgmt" one.
Don Lancaster

Published: August 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

As much as I love the original (though slightly shortened) version of the show, I really think the only place we need to preserve it is in Disneyland. Part of the charm of the Disneyland show is that it has a real sense of history. You experience the same show (almost) that Walt and his team designed 40 years ago, in the same location where they experienced it. That lends a sort or time travel effect that makes the corny jokes work. For a few minutes, you are transported back to a more innocent time.

Don't get me wrong, I still would still prefer to have the original show at WDW over the Under New Management Version. Under New Management was an honest attempt to make the show more relevant in a place where the historical context is not present. Unfortunately, the inclusion of Iago in the show made it too sarcastic. I also found the musical choices a bit jarring, but thats a matter of personal preference.

If I were handed the task of redesigning The WDW Tiki room, I would take a different approch. I would keep the general format of the show (4 birds hosting a sort of variety show in a Polnesion setting), but I would update jokes to be more current. I would keep the Tiki room opening number, but the rest of the numbers would be more current selections (while still avoiding rock or rap). Of course, doing this well would be much more difficult than it sounds.

All in all, Im just glad they didn't dicide to board the thing up and forget about it. Lets face it, The WDW Tiki Room has not drawn crowds for a long time, and it would be very tempting just to give up on it to save money.

Sylvain Comeau

Published: August 15, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Good riddance to New Management, but why did they put in an abridged version of the show? Do they really think East Coasters have such small attention spans? The Magic Kingdom already has a reader's digest version of Pirates.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: August 15, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Trust me, you do not want the Offenbach number back in the show. But it would be nice if Disney World rebuilt the fountain and restored that show trim to the MK version of the show. Make some noise when you visit, and if enough people do, perhaps it can come back at the next refurbishment.
216.97.211.140

Published: August 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM

I sat through this today and everyone in our party was bored to tears. The audio was terrible; it was very difficult to understand what was being said. This attraction is a serious waste of space.
72.188.216.88

Published: August 20, 2011 at 2:16 AM

I have never been a fan. Restoring it has brought some joy to the Disney freaks who want Magic Kingdom to be a museum... but in 2011, this is not the entertainment ANYBODY wants.