Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June 23: Tiki Time!

The first attraction to feature Audio-Animatronics, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room debuted on this day at Disneyland in 1963 (at a cost of over $1 million).
First sponsored by United Airlines, the Enchanted Tiki Room is a Hawaiian-themed musical presentation hosted by 4 life-like macaws named José, Michael, Pierre and Fritz. The show also has a cast of well over 150 talking, singing and dancing birds, flowers, tiki totem poles and even a magic fountain. The attraction's signature tune "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room" was written by the Sherman Brothers. The Enchanted Tiki Room was also Disneyland's first fully air-conditioned building!
The attraction was an immediate hit - opening in an era when all things Polynesian were popular and the fact that Hawaii (which had been made a U.S. state 4 years earlier) was now a hot vacation spot (hence the United Airlines sponsorship).
Although the attraction has gone through many changes and improvements (and is today sponsored by Dole), it continues to greet Disneyland guests at the entrance to Adventureland. (Due to its popularity, similar attractions later opened at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.)

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