This unique attraction was designed to be a restaurant, the original “Enchanted Tiki Room,” at Disneyland is where for more than 50 years Jose, Michael, Pierre and Fritz have been entertaining guests with their familiar “In the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room…”
When the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World opened in 1971, it had its own version of the Enchanted Tiki Room (originally called the Tropical Serenade). The Enchanted Tiki Room in the Magic Kingdom has undergone more changes in its shorter history than the original in Disneyland.
So with that brief introduction, lets compare the two and see if there is a clear winner to that age old question, which is better?
The entry into the attraction: Disneyland – The queue is outside and while waiting in the lanai, guests can peruse the Polynesian gods. Moments before the doors open, the audio animatronics bring each tiki god to life where they tell of their role in the world. While waiting for the show to start, you can buy a Dole Whip! Magic Kingdom – the queue for this location is also outside, but under a covered stage where two animatronic birds entertain the guests prior to entry. Dole Whip is also available nearby, but not within the bounds of the attraction. Advantage – Tie.
Once inside, the two venues are very similar. Padded benches surround a floral fountain in the center of the room and a very short introduction is given where the audience gets to “wake up” Jose, the “Macaw of Ceremonies.” It is unfortunate that Cast Members usually don’t make this part of the show more interesting (except for one special Cast Member, Maynard at Disneyland! You can see him here:
The Magic Kingdom is larger and will accommodate more guests. The outer walls at MK also have images of the islands, complete with rain forests, mountain and clouds rolling by. Advantage – Tie (MK has the visual advantage, DL has the interactive advantage because of Maynard!)
Here is where we begin to see the differences in the venues. In Disneyland, the birds invite the guests to put their “eyes into the center, of the room that is,” for a presentation by the Enchanted Fountain, a waterspout that rises from the center of the floral display. The Magic Kingdom has no such element. The 4 macaws transition right into the next scene, which brings down a “bird mobile” that hosts 6 Cockatoos – Colette, Suzette, Mimi, Gigi, Fifi and Josephine. Which brings us to the next difference between the attractions. At the Disneyland attraction, there is a third stanza to the song “Let’s all sing like the birdie sing.” The second verse is sung by the Macaws and following the line “now you all know the words,” they add “sing along with us” to which the macaws lead guests in a sing-a-long. Advantage – Disneyland.
Endings at both attractions are similar in that the macaws say they are going to do a magic trick – “we are going to make you all disappear!” The music that accompanies everyone out is the same at both parks, a modified rendition of Hi Ho, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
So this concludes our review of the “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room” at both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland theme parks. This tally is a quite a bit closer than our comparison of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Our opinion is that the Disneyland version is better than the one at the Magic Kingdom, but by only a small margin and that is because of the additional elements to the show.
Let us know what you think about the two Enchanted Tiki Rooms. There is also a version in the Tokyo Disneyland park, but we have never had the opportunity to visit that one. If you have visited Tokyo and have some information to share, please do so in the comments and let us know what you think of their version.