A definite must-stop on our Disney World trip was, of course, The Enchanted Tiki Room in the Magic Kingdom park. It features a completely different exterior design than The Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland.
Next to it was the Dole Whip outpost, where I noticed they also had pineapple juice floats with vanilla ice cream. I’ve never been a fan of Disneyland’s float because the pineapple juice is too tart to blend well with the sweetness of the Dole Whip, so I’m thinking the vanilla might be a better match.
Sadly, I’d already ordered a chocolate/vanilla swirl cone so I didn’t get to taste test my theory. Next time!
Ten years ago, Disney defaced this treasure by adding the “Under New Management” element and bringing in Iago from “Aladdin” and Zazu from “The Lion King.” Ironic, as it seems like “new management” has ruined/closed many venerable tiki establishments (Trader Vic’s Beverly Hills, perhaps The Tonga Room next year).
It started off fine, with these two toucans named William and Morris (…get it?) that are talent agents bragging to each other about their clients, the new “co-owners” of the Tiki Room. As if I don’t already hear enough of these types of show-offy showbiz conversations in LA?
In that intro, the Hawaiian tikis you know from Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room are mutely relegated to the sidelines. Once inside, the birds and company begin with the beloved refrains of “In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room…”
But then Iago interrupts with a tirade against the “boring tiki birds” sung to the tune of the Genie’s “Friend Like Me.” One of the lyrics warns that “you better get hip or your audience will disappear.” Ouch!
Angered by all this, the “tiki goddess of disaster” with a Chiquita Banana headdress emerges from the waterless tiki fountain to put the smack down. The incongruous song choices continue with the tikis singing doowoop “In the Still of the Night” and then rapping birds of paradise, “Conga” and “Get On Your Feet” (one of those imagineers must have been a big Gloria Estefan fan).
Anyway, it was interesting to see a completely different version of the Enchanted Tiki Room, but I was glad that I get to go home and see the real one. You can watch the whole show for yourself on YouTube. Possibly the best part is at the end where Iago says “Boy, I’m tired. I think I’ll head over to the Hall of Presidents and take a nap.”
The Enchanted Tiki Room
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Editor’s note: The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management suffered a fire in January 2011. The attraction then underwent renovations to turn it back into a version of the original show and re-opened in August.
iz submited a sawng to da show. it waz kalled “Petz (Givz dem 2 mi)”. Dey sed, “Tanks, butte no tanks. Et haz nuthin 2 du wit tiky.” iz sed, “wah dis? wah iz tiky?”
Sounds like a rap song, Chrly. Definitely not tiki!
hueeeeh? ef u doen’t lyke et, i wel pawnch u en da fayce.
I am not down with new management. I want it old school!
Old school is where it’s at.
something else to steer clear of.
There was actually a fire in the Tiki Room last month—I think it still might be closed!
I grew up going to Disney World. I did enjoy the old version much better than the “Under New Management” version. Disney just announced, the other day, that they’ll be returning the attraction back to the old version. I can’t wait to see it.
I’m very surprised, but pleased, that they’re returning to the show’s roots. Between this and the new tiki bar/resto opening at the Disneyland Hotel, The Mouse is sure making it an exciting time for tiki.
One, I am so glad I found your page. I LOVE The Enchanted Tiki Room and have realized I love everything Tiki. I just got back from Disney World and am so happy they restored it to its original show. That’s what usually steered me away from it before was the Under New Management. However they don’t have the magic fountain and cut out a few lines from songs but overall I’m happy that it’s basically back to the original
Thanks! So glad to hear the restoration was a success (though the magic fountain is one of my favorite parts!)
Welcome to the wonderful wacky world of Tiki!