Everything You Need to Know About Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

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You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki at the Magic Kingdom!

What is Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room?

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room is a classic audio-animatronic show where tropical birds, tikis, flowers, and the theater itself comes to life with a vintage, South Seas flair.

Where is Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room?

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room is located at the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland next to Aloha Isle.

What is the History of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room?

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During a trip to New Orleans, Walt Disney purchased a mechanical bird. When he returned to California, he gave the bird to his Imagineers and challenged them to learn how it worked. This was the beginning of audio-animatronics at the Disney Parks and, as Walt saw it, a new medium of animation.

Originally, there were plans for a Disneyland restaurant where audio-animatronic birds would entertain guests. When that was deemed too distracting, the restaurant concept evolved into a show today known as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. The original version debuted at Disneyland in 1963, and its signature song “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room” was written by the legendary Sherman Brothers.

Walt Disney World’s version of the Enchanted Tiki Room debuted on the Magic Kingdom’s opening day and was titled Tropical Serenade. The attraction was re-imagined as The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) in 1998 starring Iago from Aladdin and Zazu from The Lion King.

After a small fire broke out in the attraction’s attic, the show thankfully reverted back to its classic status and was renamed Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room in 2011.

What You Need to Know About the Queue for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Upon entering the show building, guests are split into several lines to view the open air standing-room-only pre-show. For this mini-show, a waterfall opens up to reveal two toucans perched atop a tiki, Claude and Clyde, who entertain guests.

Following the show, the theater doors open for guests to enter.

What You Need to Know About the Theater for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

The theater for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room is unique in that it’s smaller than other show theaters. It’s also circular with much of the show taking place in the center.

The theater seats are hard benches with a hard back. There are no safety restraints.

What You Need to Know About the Show

Four macaws named Jose, Michael, Pierre, and Fritz host Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. During this Polynesian-style show, over 225 choreographed audio-animatronics perform a variety of songs during its fifteen minute showtime. There’s even a tropical thunderstorm at one point!

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Even though much of the action occurs in the center of the theater, the tikis and flowers all around the room, and even scenes outside the window, come to life!

What You Need to Know About Accessibility

Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV to experience the show.

What You Need to Know About Health and Safety Advisories for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

There are no health or safety advisories for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Note: Some young guests may be a frightened by the simulated storm effects.

What are the Height Restrictions for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room?

There are no height restrictions for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room! Every member of the family can experience this attraction together.

Does Weather Affect Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room?

A June storm pops over World Drive as a rainy afternoon gets started.

Since this show is an indoor attraction, inclement weather will not affect the show’s operation. The open-air pre-show area is under cover, but can be exposed to wind-blown rain during severe storms.

What’s the Best Time of Day to Experience Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room?

The Enchanted Tiki Room is usually not too crowded. It may be best to check it out during the hottest and busiest times of day to escape the heat and crowds.

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This chart shows you roughly how long you’ll wait for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room when you visit on a day with a given Magic Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average “peak” wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it’s the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Wait Times.

Did I answer all of your questions about Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.

Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

3 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

  • July 19, 2020 at 9:20 pm
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    This show is a must do for any Disney fan. If you love the animatronics of pirates, Navi river journey, or smugglers run you owe it all to those birds. Enjoy it for what it is, a light hearted living piece of Disney history, and don’t compare it to more modern shows.

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  • July 20, 2020 at 3:43 pm
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    Well put, Sheri, what a nice observation.

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  • July 20, 2020 at 10:06 pm
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    I loathe this show. To each his own.

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