Welcome to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room where all the birds sing words and the flowers croon!
Take a break from the Florida heat in this air-conditioned theater-in-the-round where you’ll enter the world of the South Pacific and sing along with a magical menagerie of 225 exotic birds, flowers, and Tiki statues.
As your macaw hosts, Jose, Michael, Fritz, and Pierre, sing, “The show is delightful. We hope you’ll agree. We hope that it fills you with pleasure and glee.”
Keep reading for our complete guide to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
Before we get too far into it, make sure you check out our guide on the Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for information on every attraction and show at Magic Kingdom.
Enchanted Tiki Room Quick Facts
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How to Watch Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Do I need to use Genie+ at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room?
Genie+ is not available at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
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Rider Switch/Child Swap
As there is no height requirement for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (and since this show is appropriate for guests of all ages), this attraction does not offer Rider Switch.
Rider Switch is Disney’s system that allows guests with small children to take turns riding bigger rides, while another person/people wait with the little one.
What to Expect When You Watch
As you stand waiting in the covered, open-air queue before the doors to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, you can enjoy the four minute preshow.
You’ll hear drums beating as a voice conjures the “spirit of the tropics”. Turn your attention to the waterfall that will cease to run and you’ll see the wall behind it parting to reveal a wooden tiki god statue with two birds perched on its horns, Clyde and Claude.
The two birds banter a bit as they introduce themselves and welcome guests to The Tiki Room. They tell a bit of the story of The Tiki Room, before a Cast Member interrupts to let the birds know it is showtime.
Claude then tells everyone waiting in line to gather their belongings and turn to the left so they can make their way into the theater.
Since you are seated in a theater for this experience, those in wheelchairs and ECVs may remain in them. Guests using wheelchairs and ECVs will be seated in a special area in the theater.
Handheld captioning, audio description, and assistive listening is available for guests.
In the Show
If you prefer to experience Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room without any spoilers, you may want to fly over this part.
Inside the dark and cool in-the-round theater, you’re seated on long benches with all the animatronic birds perched above.
As the doors close to the theater, a Cast Member tells José the macaw to wake up. He welcomes everyone to the Enchanted Tiki Room, before telling his three macaw co-hosts, Michael, Pierre, and Fritz to wake up for showtime!
After introducing themselves, they tell the rest of the birds in the theater to wake up and the room is suddenly lit up with lights and bird calls.
The entire “cast” then launches into the theme of the attraction, “In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room…”
At the end of the song, a large multi-level perch descends from a trap door in the center of the ceiling, packed with beautiful white birds that give a lovely rendition of, “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing.”
As they finish their song, the perch is raised back up and disappears into the trap door.
The hosts then introduce the next act, a “musical luau” performed by beds of tropical blooms that are lowered from the ceiling. The lights are once again dimmed throughout the theater as the flowers finish their tune.
Then the tiki drummers and tiki totem poles join in the performance with a rousing version of “Hawaiian War Chant,” before the rest of the cast of colorful birds and flowers accompany them.
Suddenly thunder erupts and you can see lightning flashing and rain falling out the “windows” of the Tiki Room.
This sends the birds into a tizzy. But as the weather starts to calm, the inhabitants do too. They perform a festive finale that highlights all of the performances.
The hosts then claim that they are going to perform a magic trick by making the audience “disappear,” as they sing “Heigh-Ho” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with lyrics thanking guests for watching the show and hurrying them to the exit.
Is Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Kid-Friendly?
While this show is filled with music and merriment, i’’s dark inside and there are a few frightening moments (thunder and lightning) so prepare little ones with that info ahead of time.
We have a list of things that may scare little ones at Disney World that you can check out, if you’d like.
Strollers are not allowed in most queues at Walt Disney World, including for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
They can be left at the designated stroller parking area to the left of the entrance to the attraction’s queue or near Pirates of the Caribbean.
The original Enchanted Tiki Room opened on June 23, 1963 in Disneyland.
While the attraction was one of Walt Disney’s passion projects, it made history for Disney Imagineering for being designed by the first woman Imagineer.
Harriet Burns designed the singing birds for the Enchanted Tiki Room, which was also the first attraction in Disney history to feature Audio-Animatronics technology.
The Floridian version of this attraction was installed at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom when the park opened in 1971. The attraction was known as Tropical Serenade until 1993, when it was renamed The Enchanted Tiki Birds.
Then in 1998, it was replaced with an updated version of the attraction called The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management), featuring Aladdin‘s Iago and The Lion King‘s Zazu. But the attraction was met with mixed reception and largely panned.
On January 12, 2011, a fire broke out in the attraction’s attic, severely damaging the Iago audio-animatronic figure, forcing the ride to close.
It was announced at Disney’s D23 Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary Conference in 2011 that The Tiki Room would be returned to the original show format.
It reopened on August 15, 2011 as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
Other Fun Details
- The Tiki Room debuted October 1, 1971 at Walt Disney World as “Tropical Serenade.” It was originally sponsored by the Florida Citrus Growers.
- The show features over 225 talking, singing, and dancing birds, flowers, tiki drummers, and tiki totem poles.
- A version of the Enchanted Tiki Room appears in season 1, episode 12 of The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse, titled “The Enchanting Room.”
- The voices of the show’s “hosts”, Jose, Michael, and Fritz were supplied, respectively, by Disney mainstays Wally Boag, Fulton Burley, and Thurl Ravenscroft.
- The late actor Jerry Orbach, the voice of Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and Beast (1991), supplied the voice of the French parrot Pierre in the Under New Management version.
- The attraction’s well-known theme song, “In the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room,” was written, by Richard and Robert Sherman, the same team behind the Oscar-winning songs of Mary Poppins (1964), as well as other Disney classics, including “it’s a small world.”
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