Welcome to those of you joining me from Pursuing the Magic. I am the second stop on our Magical Blogorail.
This month we are focusing on that one thing you absolutely have to ensure that you do each and every time you go into The Parks. Unfortunately, I'm unique among my peers in that I'm a "Lander". I've talked about it before, but among most of my Blogorail partners I'm the only person who considers Disneyland my home Park. Everyone else calls Walt Disney World home. Plus, I'm an Annual Passholder and most weeks I can be found in The Parks fairly frequently either with my family or friends. I'm there a lot. It's a blessing and it's great to be able to say that I can, but it makes things like this a little bit more difficult, because I'm there so often I really don't have that one thing that I have to do every time I go. I'm pretty much all over the place, all the time, and no two visits ever really follow the same pattern.
If I had to pick one attraction I would like to do every time I go, though, and one that I would suggest to anyone who might be making their first visit to The Park as a can't-miss, it would have to be Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.
Sunset at the Enchanted Tiki Room
Like it or love it, the Enchanted Tiki Room is a Disneyland icon, and one that is definitely not to be missed, especially if you are new to the Parks and have never been inside before. We absolutely love the Tiki Room, which might seem a bit strange considering most of our little group here are grown men, but that doesn't stop us from sitting on our preferred bench in the back and singing right along with "all ze little birdies" as "zey" sing.
Main entrance to the Tiki Room
The premise behind the Tiki Room is simple, but it is quite the spectacle. You begin your journey outside the Tiki Room where you are treated to the Tiki Room Garden Show, featuring some of your friendly neighborhood Hawaiin Tiki gods such as Tangaroa-Ru. There are several of these totems all around the garden, and while you are waiting for your show inside the Room itself, the show moves around the garden where all the gods talk about themselves and give their stories for everyone in the audience to hear. It really is entertaining and well worth showing up early to experience.
Tiki Room Garden Show totems and gods
But once the garden show is over, the real fun begins. The Enchanted Tiki Room is a roughly 15 minute show conducted by some of Walt's favorite audio-animatronic birds, excuse me, parrots (Walt himself had a personal hand in the creation of this attraction), singing some of the catchiest songs this side of It's A Small World. It's not uncommon to be sitting there hearing everyone else in the audience singing right alongside the birds. The songs move all around the room (there are well over 100 birds, drummers, plants, totems, and more participating) and are quite varied in spirit and pacing (from the classic "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room" to "Hawaiian War Chant"); each is a lot of fun to listen to and sing along with.
Love the enchanted fountain
The lady birds!
Master of Ceremonies Jose!
And not to demean the Tiki Room in any way, or put a damper on it's cultural significance and place in Disney lore in any way, but perhaps the best reason you need to check out this attraction? It's the only place at the California Parks where you can get a Dole Whip! This bit of dairy Heaven on Earth is definitely a reason to check out the attraction. We only have one flavor here, unfortunately, but to us there's almost nothing on the planet than can beat a bunch of Pineapple soft-serve piled high on top of a glass of fresh pineapple juice. While lines outside the Tiki Room typically filter out and into Adventureland, there is an alternate line for the Whip inside the Tiki Room Garden where the aforementioned Garden Show takes place. It's completely common for us to grab a Dole Whip, watch the Garden Show, and then mosey into the Tiki Room itself to finish off our desserts and watch the show. If you're going to order one, order the float! It's highly recommended by 3 out of 3 Days In The Park bloggers.
So there you have it, the Days In The Park must-do attraction. It was really hard to choose just one out of the many that we love so much, but after some discussion this is what we came up with. We hope that the next time you are in our Park, if you haven't already, or heck, even if you already have, make sure you pay the Tiki Room a visit. And if you have a chance, and you see a certain Cast Member named Maynard working the show, sprint straight inside and watch it. He brings an entirely new meaning to the word awesome. There aren't too many people who could spruce up your typical pre-attraction spiel (don't take flash photos, etc.) but Maynard does, and he's definitely one of those "hidden treasures" everyone should know about. So the next time you're at the Room, check and see if Tiki Maynard is there, and enjoy the show!
Pay no attention to the crazed look in the Cast Member's eye - this dude rocks!
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail is The CanaDisney Blog.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to make a stop along the way and want to reboard.
1st stop - Pursuing The Magic
2nd stop - Days In The Park
3rd stop - The CanaDisney Blog
4th stop - Disney Babies Blog
5th stop - Cooking With Mickey
Final stop - Meet The Magic