Nine Things You Probably Didn't Know About Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room


"In the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room…" Everyone comes out of this beloved attraction singing that tune for hours. The Enchanged Tiki Room is a Disneyland icon. Although it might be a bit outdated and even corny by today's entertainment standards, it still holds a certain charm to long time Disneyland park guests. But, did you know…

The original idea concept for the Enchanted Tiki Room was for a full dinner and show. However, the idea was eventually scrapped as it just wasn't 'working out.' They later chose to keep the attraction but to instead turn it into a stand alone show.

The Enchanted Tiki Room first opened in 1963 as Disneyland's first full audio-animatronic show that originally lasted 17 minutes (it was later tightened to around 15 minutes.)

There are more than 200 singing birds, statues and flowers and all of the birds in the show are covered with REAL feathers, giving them a more life-like aesthetic.

The voices for two of the center stage birds, Jose and Michael, were voiced by Wally Boag and Fulton Burley, respectively, two performers from the original Golden Horseshoe Review in Frontierland.

Fritz the bird was voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft, one of the most recognizable voices in all of Disneyland. Thurl's voice can be found on the Mark Twain Steamboat, Disneyland Railroad, Country Bear Jamboree and the Haunted Mansion - he was even the voice of Tangaroa in the Tiki Room pre-show!

In 1963, National Geographic Magazine printed a full two page article (with three additional pages of photos) dedicated to the Enchanted Tiki Room and called it a "Tremendous Show"

In the original days of the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction, park guests needed to purchase a special ticket to the see the show that cost a whopping 75 cents per ticket. Around 1966, the price was changed to a regular E-ticket

The 'tiki' song that everyone knows associated with the attraction was written by none other than the Sherman Brothers who are also credited with writing the music for It's A Small World and Disney's classic Mary Poppins!)

The Enchanted Tiki Room was often said to be Walt's favorite attraction and the idea for the attraction itself was said to be 'hatched' from Walt's return from New Orleans with a small mechanical bird. It's been told that he was so fixated on improving the mechanism that a full show was born from it.