Tangaroa is a Māori god featured in the Disney Parks.
Tangaroa was one of many children of the Earth and the Sky, Rangi and Papa. He is sometimes depicted as a whale or humanoid and serves as deity of the many water-bodies of the Earth as-well-as the aquatic creatures that live within them.
In the Enchanted Tiki Room, Tangaroa is identified as being Father of all gods. He is represented as a tiki face carved into a large, live-tree from which he births other deities.
Appearances and allusions
Tangaroa is the namesake for the Tangaroa Terrace tropical bar & grill.
Tangaro's name is featured in the menu-item, "Tangarua Terrace Salad".
Tangaroa appears within the Enchanted Tiki Garden of Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room as part of the pre-show. He introduces himself and shows his position as father of gods by releasing several miniature tiki gods from the flowers of his branches.
In other media
Tangaroa serves as semi-omniscient narrator in Disney Kingdoms: Enchanted Tiki Room. He reveals himself to be of complete knowledge over the Polynesian isles with the exception of how the Tiki Room became enchanted.
- While he is identified as father of all gods in the attraction, Rongo is actually Tangaroa's sibling in mythology.