Anaheim, CA, USA — Sunday, June 23, marked the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, the world’s first Audio-Animatronics show and a place where the birds sing words and flowers croon with guests at the Disneyland Resort.
Part of the magic of Adventureland, the Enchanted Tiki Room transports guests to the Seven Seas, celebrating island romance and wonder performed in a theater-in-the-round. A chorus of four colorful macaws sings and orchestrates the show as guests laugh, clap and sing along.
Inspiration for the Tiki Room came from Walt Disney’s earliest days of animated filmmaking, as he looked for a way to animate in three dimensions. He was fascinated by an antique, miniature mechanical songbird that he had purchased in New Orleans and thought if someone could animate this figure a century before, it should be possible to do it using modern technology.
The resulting Audio-Animatronics technology developed for the Enchanted Tiki Room would eventually lead to such iconic Disney theme park attractions as “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln,” “it’s a small world,” Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and others.
Some interesting facts about the historic Enchanted Tiki Room:
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