Agrabah Bazaar at the Enchanted Tiki Room, Orlando

Agrabah Bazaar

The Agrabah Bazaar next to Disney World’s Enchanted Tiki Room houses all the tiki-related merch and is also a good place to loiter during impromptu Florida rainstorms.

Enchanted Tiki Room baseball cap

Of course, twenty minutes later the sun is blazing down so I was able to justify this Pele hat purchase as a necessary travel expense. Could this baseball cap be considered another convergence of tiki and America’s pastime?

Pele in Adventureland t-shirt

Most of these items made their way west over the summer to the Adventureland Bazaar at Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room, but this was the first time that I’d spotted them.

Enchanted Tiki Room magnets

The store was stocked with the above hats, shirts and magnets, but they also had this cartoon tiki logo on hurricane and shot glasses. Anybody else find it odd that Disney sells shot glasses? Anyway…

Magic Carpet Ride at Disney World

I thought the Magic Carpet ride adjacent to the store was very neat—a golden camel spits at you! The movie “Aladdin” gets big billing in Disney World’s Adventureland, as you can see from this ride, Agrabah Bazaar and Iago’s unwelcome presence in the Enchanted Tiki Room. Gotta take the bad with the good, I guess.

The Enchanted Tiki Room – Disney World, Orlando, FL

Enchanted Tiki Room Disney World

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.

Outside the Enchanted Tiki Room

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.

Tiki Room
Sadly, I’d already ordered a chocolate/vanilla swirl cone so I didn’t get to taste test my theory. Next time!

Enchanted Tiki Room - Under New Management

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).

William & Morris

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?

Talking tikis

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…”
Boring tiki birds?

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!

Enchanted Tiki Room tiki goddess

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).

Tiki fountains in Florida

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
Disney World
Floridian Wy.
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.

Capt. Cook’s & Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Capt. Cook's

On our expedition around Disney’s Polynesian Resort, we also looked at the various dining options on the property. They’re mostly oriented around the Great Ceremonial House a.k.a. the lobby.

Inside Captain Cook's

Captain Cooks is on the ground floor on your way to the pool, and there are tables outside among the tropical foliage where it would be nice to eat if it isn’t a thousand degrees and humid. (Not likely.) This Hawaiian/American hybrid restaurant is counter service and is the best option for a cheap meal—apparently they even offer the famous Tonga Toast that’s a specialty of the Kona Cafe. (More on that later…)

Dole Whip!

I wouldn’t have considered Capt. Cook’s to be very noteworthy if it weren’t for this! I really like the fact that you can get Pineapple Dole Whip here at the Polynesian Resort, not just at The Enchanted Tiki Room in the park.

Kona Cafe

On the second floor is Kona Cafe, which has an unenclosed design that reminds me of Vegas casino restaurants. They’re known for their Tonga Toast, which is banana-stuffed sourdough french toast rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Now if only it wasn’t stuffed with something I’m allergic to, then I would be all over it…

Tikis on the wall of Kona

I dig the tikis on the wall, of course. I think it saves Kona Cafe from looking like an Elephant Bar. Still more to come from the Polynesian Resort at Disney World!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is undergoing extensive renovations in 2014. Capt. Cook’s has reopened, but there’s no longer a self-service Dole Whip machine. Instead, it will be available at the Pinapple Lanai. More information can be found on the Disney Parks Blog.