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Join me aboard my Walt Disney World Wayback Machine as we travel back in time more than 60 years to the real origins of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. We’ll look at how and why the attraction came to be, and why it wasn’t originally meant for Adventureland. We’ll discuss the Disneyland original, and then take a close look at the Tropical Serenade in Walt Disney World, as well as its similarities and differences, unique features, it’s “New Management,” and why it returned to its original splendor in this DSI: Disney Scene Investigation.

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– Lou Mongello

QUESTION for YOU from this week’s show: Who is YOUR favorite Tiki Room bird host? Share your thoughts on the future of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room in the comments below!




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5 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #401 – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room DSI: Disney Scene Investigation”

  1. Craig says:

    I always held a special affinity towards Pierre for whatever reason but this entire attraction will always hold a special place in my heart. Even from my very first WDW trip way back in 1988 (I was 5) it resonated with me and made a huge impression. What kid doesn’t enjoy seeing audio-animatronics? I was just blown away by the sheer number of them in such a small area. The Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room song stuck in my head long after It’s a Small World had faded and was singing it days after returning home, much to my parents chagrin I’m sure. To this day it remains my favorite attraction song and is a ‘must-do’ whenever I’m fortunate enough to get to visit the Magic Kingdom. Thanks for bringing up such fond memories and providing just a bit of the magic into our ordinary lives when we can’t be at the parks. Love the show, Lou. You do feel like a friend even though we’ve never met. Keep up the good work!

  2. Craig Hargrove says:

    The one word to describe the attraction is Enchanting…see what I did there. My favorite Tiki bird host would have to be my good friend Fritz. As far as the future of the attraction, I hope it remains in it’s current state, and as close to the original as possible. I realize that know one is waiting in line two hours to view the show, and I know that Walt did not want the parks to become a museum, however I feel that we need to hold on to a few of the classics. Thanks for another great podcast, I really enjoy the DSI/Way back machine episodes with Ryan.

  3. Jason says:

    I think the mechanical bird Walt Disney purchased in New Orleans is on display in the recreation of his office in “One Man’s Dream” at Hollywood Studios. It may be a replica though.

  4. Claire says:

    Thank you so much for the DSI for the Tiki Room / Tropical Serenade. This really is one of our favourite attractions and although I was aware of much of the history, not in this detail. I can’t wait to go again in August when we return, just to put it all in perspective. My daughter, who is 2 adores the attraction and will be the dancing child in the centre of the room without a doubt.
    Thanks again – another fantastic DSI.

  5. Chuck Zitta says:

    Fritz is probably my favorite of the hosts.

    I would leave the Tiki Room exactly as it is now. As, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tike Room. It’s a classic attraction, originally created in Disneyland when Walt was around. So, being the nostalgic I am, I would not change a thing. Same thought process as applies to Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. We need to keep as much of Walt in the parks as possible. And if the younger generations are unaware. We need to educate them about the amazing accomplishments of one of the greatest pioneers America ever had/and will ever know. Love this man and what he contributed to our society.

    Thanks again for a terrific show, Lou and Ryan!!!