This summer marked the 50th anniversary of the world’s first Audio-Animatronic show: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, an attraction that lets birds and flowers sing together in a tropical paradise in Disneyland park. Using pure Disney Imagineering magic and a bit of pixie dust, guests find themselves transported from Adventureland to the Seven Seas and are entertained by a foursome of brightly colored macaws. To help celebrate this milestone year, Disney Merchandise Group has a collection of items for sale that will help bring the fun of the attraction right into your own home.
Image: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room debuted in 1963 at Disneyland park.
I remember visiting the Tiki Room during my very first trip to Walt Disney World as a child. Even though the original is out in California, the attraction just said “Disney” to me and still does today. I love the feeling you get walking into this oasis-like room filled with beautiful flowers, fluffy feathered friends, and the sounds of the tropics. I still enjoy sitting by the windows that flash bolts of lightning and mimic a rainstorm outside. Walt Disney’s creation was a true escape from the world around us, and I’m happy to see it getting the recognition it deserves during its 50th year.
Images: Walt Disney & his classic attraction has charmed guests for decades.
In several locations throughout both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Tiki Room fans can find new merchandise that is sure to bring back pleasant memories of the attraction. These items first started appearing on shelves after an exclusive anniversary event held at the Disneyland Hotel towards the very end of June. At the presentation, Disney legends Bob Gurr and Rolly Crump shared their insider stories about creating the attraction. Afterwards, attendees were able to see some of the new collectibles, prints, original works of art, pins, and more that were to be sold in the theme parks.
Image: One of the original Imagineers for the Tiki Room, Bob Gurr, shares memories with an audience of fans.
Recently, I took a stroll through the Art of Disney at Florida’s Downtown Disney Marketplace and looked at some of the items available for purchase. I was really impressed with the variety offered and how colorful they were; this totally fits in with the theme of the attraction. One of the first things that I noticed was this set of postcards and coasters featuring original designs by the American artist, Josh Agle, better known by the nickname “Shag.” I love his style of art and thought that these two items were a great option for those who don’t have a lot of room to display bigger paintings or sketches. The postcard set pays homage to the eight original Tikis that appear in the courtyard outside of the theater; the coasters, on the other hand, focus on the famous Jose, Michael, Pierre, and Fritz who lead the show itself.
Image: Shag’s postcard and coaster sets featured at the Art of Disney shop. To the left is a statue by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily called UTi Goddess of Fishing.
Nearby, I also marveled at the detailed Tiki mugs designed by artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily. Both of these stoneware items are oversized and fun to display. I love their faces! They would look great on a kitchen shelf or home office. Similarly, Kidney and Daily also created a resin figure known as Pele Goddess of Fire. It sits 14 inches high and reminds me of those you see plastered on the Tiki Room walls.
Images: Tiki Gods in Abundance
Although they reminded me more of the luau at Disney’s Polynesian Resort than the Tiki Room, these bowls definitely caught my eye. Both the Rongo bowl (left) and Polynesian Luau Party Bowl (right) are ceramic and meant more so as collectibles rather than to be used. They were also designed by Kidney and Daily.
Image: Tiki Bowls on Display
This Hina Handbag was a popular choice among those shopping around me. It is brightly colored and features a bamboo-style handle. Shag designed the artwork which represents wind, fire, and rain; you’ll see Tangaroa-Ru, Pele, and Hina as the main stars. This would make a fun bag to use when walking along the beach or outside grounds of the Polynesian.
Image: The Hina Handbag
In addition to the Art of Disney, you can also find Tiki Room merchandise at the Main Street Cinema shop in the Magic Kingdom. I had a lovely time looking at the artwork available there. I think my favorite is this piece by Shag which truly captures the fun of the attraction and its Mickey-ear-wearing guests!
Image: The above designs are available as an original acrylic, signed giclee, or deluxe print.
Disney fans know that the infamous Dole Whip pineapple soft serve and Tiki Room go hand-in-hand with one another. That’s exactly what is captured in the below piece by Shag. It portrays a happy day at Disneyland where guests enjoy a treat before the show. Did you know that Disneyland allows you to bring your Dole Whip inside the attraction to enjoy, but Walt Disney World does not?
Image: Tropical Hideaway by Shag
Other prints and even paper sculptures can also be found here and there on display. A special collection of pins has also been released featuring Disney characters and sculpted tiki masks. This boxed pin set and accompanying resin sculpture featuring Pierre and friends is available. Its title? The Original Glee Club. How cute!
Images: Other prints and pin sets can be found in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World shops.
In the end, I’m excited that Disney has created this collection of items to honor a true classic attraction. Be sure to look for these items during your next trip to the parks. Some are selling faster than others, but any item is sure to bring a little bit of the tropics into your home.