The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management (EXTINCT!)
(May 1, 1998 - January 12, 2011)
History and photos of the former The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management show in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom.
On October 1, 1971, the Tropical Serenade show opened in Adventureland with the rest of the Magic Kingdom. Tropical Serenade used Audio-Animatronic birds, flowers, and other Polynesian and tropical-themed elements to tell a story and entertain the park's guests. This singing bird show was nearly identical to the hit show in Disneyland, except for the preshow.
At some point in early 1996, the Tropical Serenade changed its name to The Enchanted Tiki Room. This was then changed to The Enchanted Tiki Birds in late 1996 or early 1997.
Sadly, The Enchanted Tiki Birds could not hold the attention spans of the modern audience, and attendance began to rapidly decrease. Audience distaste was reaching a point where it was fairly common to see people get up and leave during the middle of the show. Talk about disrespecting the tiki gods!
The Enchanted Tiki Room closed for extensive refurbishments on September 1, 1997. It re-opened on May 1, 1998 as The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management. The new version of the show featured a new preshow as well as a completely new show with more modern music. In addition, three new characters were added: Iago from Aladdin, Zazu from The Lion King, and Uh-Oa, the tiki goddess of disaster.
Removed from the attraction's exterior was the barker bird. No longer would people passing by or walking into the attraction hear the antics of Jose as he advertised the show.
The preshow for The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management began with a waterfall parting to reveal two birds - William (voiced by Don Rickles) and Morris (voiced by Phil Hartman). Both William and Morris are agents for the Tiki Room's newest owner, though each bird believes that his agent is really the owner instead of them being co-owners. They banter back and forth until a human cast member interrupts the birds and tells them that it's time to let in the audience. The birds protest this as their clients haven't arrived yet. Morris then claims that he's about to sign Donald Duck, and William counters it by claiming that he's got the Mighty Ducks.
The waterfall begins to flow again as the audience is let into the main theater.
The interior of the theater is dark and cool as the audience selects a spot on one of several rows. The theater's seating is divided into four sections, with each section facing the middle of the circular room.
The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management began very similar to the original version of the show. A cast member wakes up a sleeping Jose, who in turn begins chatting with Michael, Pierre and Fritz, the co-hosts of the show. It's then time to "wake up" the rest of the birds, and everybody starts singing "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room" song like they always have. The middle of the classic song is disrupted by Iago (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) as he descended from the ceiling.
Sitting on a pillow, Iago uses a megaphone to yell for the birds to stop the music. Iago claims that bad music is going to make him "toss his crackers," and the people underneath him aren't going to enjoy it. Zazu (voiced by Michael Gough) enters the theater and tells Iago to calm down. He warns Iago that he ". . . cannot toy with The Enchanted Tiki Room." The other birds agree, but Iago won't hear about it. He questions the birds if they even know who he and Zazu are, and Jose claims that they ". . . don't get out much."
Iago announces that he and Zazu are the new owners of the place, causing confusion amongst the other birds. He then sings an alternate version of "Friend Like Me" (from Aladdin). The tiki birds don't understand this as they've been performing the same show since 1963 (when the original tiki bird show opened in Disneyland). Iagu warns the birds that they better get with the times or the audiences will disappear (that's exactly what was happening back in 1996 and 1997).
At the end of the song Zazu warns Iagu to keep it down as the tiki gods can hear him. Iagu yells at Zazu and the tiki gods, calling them all sorts of names. He's interrupted by a loud piece of thunder that rattles the entire building. Iagu asks why the room suddenly went dark, and Zazu informs him that it was the very tiki gods he was just insulting. The birds begin singing "Hot Hot Hot" as the room begins to glow red. Suddenly there's more thunder & lightning, and the room is dark again. The carved faces on the tiki poles begin chanting "Uh-Oa!"
Smoke bubbles from the fountain in the center of the room and up rises Uh-Oa, the Tiki Goddess of Disaster. She demands to know who it was that defamed the tiki gods, and Zazu tells her that it was Iago. Uh-Oa then sings about how wrong it was for Iago to mess with her. He tries to talk his way out of it, but his efforts are useless. Uh-Oa uses her Polynesian magic to blast Iago from his perch, removing him from the room. She gives an evil laugh while disappearing back into the fountain.
Despite Iago being gone the show must go on. The birds and Zazu feel that the tiki gods should have their say. The tiki faces begin singing "In the Still of the Night" and then the flowers begin rapping with lyrics from the original version of the show.
Suddenly a small compartment in the room and there is Iago. He's burned, bandaged and using a crutch, but the bird is laughing about his recent experience with the dark side of Polynesia. Iago is convinced that the tiki gods are really fantastic and he's going to make a fortune with them as part of the show. When he mentions ". . . no more worries," Zazu says that it's called "hakuna matata" where he comes from. Iago doesn't care what it's called, and now everybody needs to party and celebrate.
All of the birds begin singing their own rendition of "Conga." The birds want the audience to sing along and celebrate with them. The ending of the song has Iago telling everybody to get on their feet. At this point the cast member helps spread the word that everybody needs to stand. Jose and his friends then perform their famous "magic trick" by having the audience disappear. They say "Good-bye, farewell, aloha," and sing "Heigh-Ho" while the people walk out the exit doors and back into Adventureland.
This updated version of the show seemed to be a hit with the audiences. Kids could connect better with Iago and Zazu, and the parents appreciated the more upbeat music and faster tempo. Unlike other attractions that have been completely transformed during refurbishments, The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management still had enough classic elements of the show mixed into the newer version to keep fans of both versions pleased.
On January 12, 2011, a small fire broke out in the attraction. The automated sprinkler system stopped the flames before it destroyed the entire building. Internet rumors claimed that the damage from the fire was more extensive than it was originally reported. Whatever you believe, the end result of the fire closed the show for a lengthy refurbishment. It was decided that the show would be restored back to its original version during the refurbishment.
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room opened on August 15, 2011 in the Magic Kingdom.
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