The Enchanted Tiki Room is the titular setting of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Enchanted Tiki Room is a structure located on an unidentified tropical volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. The building is enchanted by a large number of Māori deities allowing for many mystical features within its grounds. The area the Tiki Room was located in was known as the Sunshine Pavilion, domain of the health god Citrikua. The birds of the tiki room are sentient and capable of complex human speech, flowers capable of movement and vocal patterns, and animate tiki statues such as singing faces and drummers.

The Tiki Room has a straw roof and is covered in wood with bright paint and intricate carvings. Adorning the roof of the Tiki Room are wooden sculptures depicting Asian water-buffalo.[1]

The tiki room serves as a place of celebration and entertainment with its inhabitants putting on shows for guests from across the globe. This celebrations were however known to anger the gods, resulting in storms and volcanic activity. The tiki room was also located adjacent to a hideaway used at some point in the 19th/early 20th century by the Society of Explorers and Adventurers along with holding docks for the Jungle Navigation Company in the 1930s/1940s.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Enchanted Tiki Garden: The Enchanted Tiki Garden is a patio decorated with tiki sculptures of different Māori deities which all serve as vessels for their respective likenesses.
  • Fountain: The fountain was a water-feature with a waterfall, torches and several tiki god sculptures. Behind the waterfall was a small chamber holding a totem to the health-god Citrituaka which was used as a perch by the birds.
  • Theatre-in-the-Round: This was the main theatre of the Tiki Room where the birds, tikis and flowers performed for outsiders.
  • Tower: This was a tower located near the Magic Kingdom entrance to the Tiki Room. It had nine stories on it and straw roofs.

History[edit | edit source]

Walt Disney World's Tiki Room

The Enchanted Tiki Room is a structure in the Polynesian isles which was enchanted by the Tiki gods to have many mystical features. The tiki room would be known to bring in guests from across the world for their shows. At some point between 1831 and the 1930s, the tiki room's island would become home to an outpost used by the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The Jungle Navigation Company of S.E.A. member Dr. Albert Falls would also have a dock built adjacent to the Tiki room during the late 1930s/1940s which provided transportation and delivery services for the tiki room's inhabitants.

At some point prior to 1938, the Tiki Room was sold and redistributed by Hollywood executives to two birds known as Iago and Zazu. These birds attempted to re-theme the Tiki Room but under their new management they angered the gods, namely the goddess of disaster Uh-Oa who violently punished Iago. The two birds seemingly founded the company I & Z Management Publications during or following this and would switch hands over the Tiki Room. During the 1930s, talent-scouts and talent-agents were used to manage which birds would perform in the tiki room.

In the early 2000s the Tiki Room was briefly taken over by the alien, "Stitch" after he crashed his space-ship on their island.

Alternate versions[edit | edit source]

Disney Kingdoms[edit | edit source]

The Tiki Room as it appears in Disney Kingdoms

The Tiki Room's island in Disney Kingdoms is inspired by the fictitious Fantasy Island from the 1970s TV series Fantasy Island by ABC (a later subsidiary of Disney). The Tiki Room here is shown to be a 20th/21st-century vacation resort of mystical properties where guests from around the world go to enjoy its magic. Amongst its visitors are the Bullion family, descendants of the Disney Kingdom versions of the family from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Tales from Adventureland[edit | edit source]

In the first entry of the book series, The Keymaster's Quest, the Enchanted Tiki Room is featured as an enchanted bird sanctuary on the Hawaiian island of Molokai constructed by the Menehune. It protects an intelligent group of birds and singing flowers collectively known as the Akamai as well as serving as a hiding place for the key to Kapu's prison. The Tiki God statue garden outside was built by the Jungle Explorers' Society as a security system to frighten superstitious poachers.

Appearances and allusions[edit | edit source]

Adventure Trading Company[edit | edit source]

The bird juju involves guests helping talent-agent Tiki Kiki Serbano in processing aspiring show-birds for the Enchanted Tiki Room's applications and photographing them.

Main Street, U.S.A.[edit | edit source]

There are two casting-calls in the Disneyland Casting Agency's postings which reference the Tiki Room. One asks for a bird trainer and reads as, "To work with Macaws, Toucans, Cockatoos in new tropical musical comedy revue. Contact Jose, Enchanted Tiki Room" while the other asks for Tahitian dancers and reads as, "Polynesian dinner show coming soon! Auditions at Enchanted Tiki Room".[2]

Magic of Disney Animation[edit | edit source]

A poster for the movie Mouse Pacific (a tribute to the film South Pacific) has Minnie Mouse in-front of the Enchanted Tiki Room as the Orange Bird flies overtop of it. Both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland versions of the show-building are shown here, adjacent to one another on an island coast. The screenplay writer, producer, choreographer and conductor are listed as Michael Burley, Jose Boag, Fritz Ravenscroft, and Pierre Newton with Michael, Hose, Fritz and Pierre being the names of the four birds from the Tiki Room, their surnames are taken from their respective performers. It is unclear if these four are supposed to be pseudonymous with the birds or simply easter-eggs.[3]

Skipper Canteen[edit | edit source]

The Tiki Room is alluded to in the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. Pinned to a board in the Skipper Canteen is a letter addressed to Rosita in the Enchanted Tiki Room. However the letter is marked to be returned to sender due to Rosita being absent from the Tiki Room.[4] The Tiki Room's address here is simply, "Adventureland".

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom[edit | edit source]

Merlin and Kuzco attend a show in the Tiki Room together in this attraction.

Tropical Hideaway[edit | edit source]

This restaurant is located next to the Tiki Room and is set on its island. Rosita is a character in the restaurant and within the Tropical Hideaway are the bird-houses belonging to the Showgirl Birds and a package left by the Jungle Navigation Company which is addressed to José.

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room[edit | edit source]

The Tiki Room is the primary setting of this attraction.

The Enchanted Tiki Room: Get the Fever![edit | edit source]

The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai![edit | edit source]

In this overlay of the Tiki Room, Stitch crash-lands outside of the Tiki Room and leads a musical celebration with the birds while posing as the deity, "The Big Kahuna".

The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management[edit | edit source]

In this attraction, the Tiki Room was sold by Hollywood executives to Iago from Aladdin and Zazu from the Lion King. Iago attempts to hijack the show into being a narcissistic fantasy of his only to be punished by the goddess Uh-Oa resulting in guests leaving.

Disney Kingdoms[edit | edit source]

The Enchanted Tiki Room is the titular setting of Disney Kingdoms: Enchanted Tiki Room and is unlike the other Disney Kingdoms titles is structurally slice-of-life; revolving around inconsequential shenanigans on the island rather than lore or overarching narratives.

Connections[edit | edit source]

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort[edit | edit source]

The tiki gods from the Enchanted Tiki Room are found scattered throughout this resort. The mascot for the park is Maui, a god also depicted in the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto[edit | edit source]

Tikis from the tiki room are found within this bar run by Trader Sam, namely that of the goddess Uh-Oa. A cast-member shirt from the Tiki Room is also stuffed behind the counter and a mobile on the ceiling which addresses Rosita.[5]

Films[edit | edit source]

Sunshine Tree Terrace[edit | edit source]

The Orange Bird is a character frequently found outside of and affiliated with the Enchanted Tiki Room, having even been a resident there in Disney Kingdoms. The Sunshine Tree Terrace of the Magic Kingdom used to be located adjacent to the Tiki Room before being relocated and replaced by Aloha Isle Refreshments, both of which serve the Dole Whip treat affiliated with the Tiki Room.

Tarzan[edit | edit source]

Professor Porter’s Trading Post[edit | edit source]

The tiki drummers and gods from the Enchanted Tiki Room are among the items in Professor Porter's possession in this shop.[6]

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar[edit | edit source]

This bar's name is derived from that of the Enchanted Tiki Bar, being run by the character of Trader Sam. Within the bar are the tiki drummers, tiki totems, and tiki gods from the Tiki room. There is also a letter addressed to Sam which inquires on the location of Rosita.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The island on which the Tiki Room is located is unknown but there are other Polynesian locales which might be found on it as-well.
    • Aloha Isle Refreshments:
    • Liki Tikis:
    • Sunshine Tree Terrace:
    • Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar:

References[edit | edit source]

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