If you've ever visited the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland to its sibling Tropical Serenade at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, you might remember what has becoming an enduring gag among Disney fans — Jose's question, "whatever happened to Rosita?"
Rumored answers over the years have ranged from a dark fate as the feathers atop a ladies' hat (referencing another song lyric in the show), to supposed sightings in shops and attractions all over the park. But now Disney is providing an official answer. Rosita bailed from the "bird mobile" in the Tiki Room and is perched next door at Disneyland's soon-to-open Tropical Hideaway.
The quick service restaurant is taking over the space formerly occupied by Aladdin's Oasis, in between the Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise dock. An animatronic Rosita will perch next to that dock, greeting diners with "a repertoire of jokes and one-liners that would make any Jungle Cruise Skipper proud!" according to Disney's press release.
No word yet on the restaurant's official opening date, other than it will debut sometime before the end of the year. But it's nice to know, after all these years, whatever happened to Rosita.Tweet
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