Birds of a feather stick together… for 50 years! Today we celebrate the golden anniversary of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. It’s hard to believe Michael, Jose, Fritz, and Pierre started squawking back in the 1960s… nice job keeping with the plumage upkeep fellas. In order to celebrate (besides singing “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing” all day) here are a few reasons why the Tiki Room was, is, and always will be amazing.
First things first, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was the first attraction to EVER use Audio-Animatronics.
We know! Mind. Blown. Plus, the attraction features a cast of over 150 characters. There are the singing birds…
The singing flowers…
The singing totem poles…
Even the wall tiki art gets in on the action!
The attraction poster is perfect for that not-so-subtle vintage Hawaiian tiki decoration collection in your house/apartment. Everyone has one, no? Just us? Okay.
There is a bird mobile featuring Mimi, Fifi, Gigi, Colette, Suzette, and Josephine. According to Frtiz it is ‘wunderbar’…
Speaking of Fritz, the German resident of the aviary troop is voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft.
Fact is, Thurl’s got a rich Disney history. He was a singing elephant in The Jungle Book.
And you’ve definitely heard his voice on this ride…
And he’s also the voice of Captain in One Hundred and One Dalmatians…
Back to our feathered friends, the Tiki Room birds were way ahead of that whole Twitter thing.
And honestly, how could you not smile after seeing this adorable face:
Above all, Walt was a really big fan and we definitely trust his opinion.
And as if all of those reasons weren’t enough, we have two words for you: Dole. Whip.
Dole Whip with an umbrella.
Dole Whip Float.
And finally… a Dole Whip GIF.
No trip to the Tiki Room is complete without it.
Happy 50th Tiki Room! Here’s to many more years of the place where the birds sing words and the flowers croon.