Enchanted Tiki Room
The Enchanted Tiki Room was the first Disneyland attraction to feature animatronic creatures (other than the animatronic "working man" display, Jungle Cruise, and Great Moments with Hellen Keller). It was originally a dinner-theater show, performed three times daily.
Over the years, the show has been shortened considerably from its original 90-minute length. Songs have been eliminated, patter tightened up, and the computers run at higher speeds to increase the attraction's throughput. These days, guests are lucky if they have a chance to warm their seat before being escorted back into daylight.
It is interesting to know that the "thunder storm" which takes place near the end of the show does not use simulated rain, as is popularly assumed. The rain is, in fact, real (although it is recycled).
Speaking of the end of the show, the Enchanted Tiki Room presentation ends with one of the most amazing illusions presented in all of Disneyland. Through the use of a patented system (originally developed for use in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), the Tiki Room's audience appears to completely disappear! Even though the technology is now decades old, it never ceases to amaze even seasoned park veterans.
It is rumored that the Tiki Room is soon going to be receiving a major upgrade. The new show, "Tiki Room: Under New Management" will feature a bird show run by Scar, the cranky lion from The Lion King. Scar will put the nervous birds through their paces to the delight of guests, and the show will feature the first animatronic creature capable of eating another one.
Trivia: After the show, when the Tiki Room is empty, the parrot named Don says, "There, that oughta hold the little bastards."
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