From March 28-April 20, the Big Thunder Ranch area at Disneyland hosted the first-ever Springtime Roundup with Easter-inspired cookies, crafts, entertainment and more. There were also photo-ops available with the Easter Bunny and various Disney bunnies: the White Rabbit, Brer Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh and Thumper.
I always love to come see the intricate carved pumpkins displayed here during Halloween, so I was pleased to see they had a similar set-up for spring, but with painted eggs instead. (Although they admitted some of these larger ones weren’t real eggs.)
It seems like Disney knows which films and attractions are my favorites, hence these eggs decorated like Sally and The Mayor from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Then there was an egg for The Enchanted Tiki Room, delicately painted with the parrots and tiki from the 1963 brochure.
Tiki Art at the WonderGround Gallery at Disneyland
Enchanted Tiki Room’s 50th Anniversary Merchandise Event
More Tiki & Disneyland Connections
As a Valentine’s Day gift, my dear Mr. Hockey surprised me with a logo for The Tiki Chick blog, which is something he’s talked about doing for years. Through Fiver.com he enlisted a cartoonist to create the final product, but he came up with a complete mock-up with as many tiki references as he could fit in, including a Moai, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and Rufus the carrot-eating fish from Bahooka (the “K” also matches the bamboo font from Bahooka’s sign).
(Sidenote: I’m just sickened by this whole situation with the new owners and Rufus’ uncertain fate…It’s still a developing story but you can get caught up here.)
Anyway, you can even spot Mr. Hockey and Charlie floating nearby on the Kon-Tiki raft. We have a bunch of business cards with the logo on the way so be sure to ask for one if you see us out and about at a tiki bar!
On the heels of summer’s Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary product release, Disneyland has come out with even more tiki art in the past few months. The following items were all still available in the WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney as of this past weekend when we visited.
In my previous post about the gallery, I highlighted Jerrod Maruyama and his “Hipster Mickey” art. He’s since followed up with a few companion pieces to it, including “Hanging at Sam’s” featuring Hipster Mickey and the logo for Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar and the Disneyland Hotel. (I wish he was sipping from one of their signature tiki mugs!) This made its debut in October and there are poster prints for sale plus postcards, magnets and canvas prints.
Highlighted as part of July’s Pop Fusion exhibit, “Mickey’s Enchanted Tiki Island” by Daniel Samakow features a vibrant sunset beach scene with Mickey Mouse, The Enchanted Tiki Room, Tangaroa tree and several Moai. According to the Disney Parks Blog, there are 50 tikis total in the image. I’ll take their word for it.
El Gato Gomez was recently profiled in Tiki magazine and I was pleased to see that her art has also been showcased here. I couldn’t help but pick up a print of her Enchanted Tiki Room painting (also available as a postcard), though it was difficult to decide considering she had also created beautiful depictions of the Haunted Mansion, Mad Tea Party and Space Mountain. (She has ordering information on her web site, if you’re interested.)
While it’s not tiki-related, “Mr. Toad’s New Mania” from September’s Pop Fusion exhibit also caught my eye with its steampunk sensibility. I’ve been a fan of Chris Reccardi since discovering his work in Palm Springs at M Modern Gallery and The Riviera hotel.
More Tiki Art at WonderGround Gallery at Disneyland
Recreation of Original 1963 Brochure for Enchanted Tiki Room
More Disney & Tiki Connections