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Published on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:42
Today we've got some minor news about the reopening of the newly-refurbished Enchanted Tiki Room!
The Walt Disney World Resort has posted a new press release, that unveils some info on what we can expect from the new show, which will debut next summer:
Original ‘Enchanted Tiki Room’ Hosts Squawking up a Storm Again, Giving Guests Even More to Chirp (and 'Tweet') About
A ‘Tropical Serenade’ rekindling memories
The Sunshine Pavilion, featuring a show variously known as “Tropical Serenade” and “The Enchanted Tiki Birds,” debuted on Oct. 1, 1971, in Magic Kingdom. In 1998, following substantial refurbishment, it re-launched as The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management, with two famous Disney birds – Iago from Aladdin and Zazu from The Lion King – taking control and trying to spruce up the show.
The “new management” has been let go and the future of the Adventureland landmark is in the wings and wit of José, Fritz, Michael and Pierre – four crooning parrot hosts who ushered in sophisticated Audio-Animatronics technology at California’s Disneyland in 1963 at The Enchanted Tiki Room.
In time for fall 2011 vacations, The Enchanted Tiki Room (as the Magic Kingdom attraction now will be called) is being prepared to reflect the show at Disneyland that represents a milestone in Disney theme park entertainment. While Walt Disney’s creative team previously had produced movable figures, none had the sophistication of the bird-brained cast of the Tiki Room. José, Fritz, Michael and Pierre produce movements when solenoid coils hidden inside receive signals recorded onto magnetic tape and are regarded as the first “true” Audio-Animatronics figures.
They introduce a musical presentation by more than 200 birds, flowers and tikis. Even the audience gets into the act, joining in during the musical ditty “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing.”
The Enchanted Tiki Room (tentatively slated for opening in August 2011) has shows throughout Magic Kingdom operating hours.
So, from the press release we get these "news":
- There will be NO references to the "New Management". This means that Iago, Zazu and the other new characters that were added in 1998 are gone. We knew that the show would have drastically changed, but we never had the confirmation that also Zazu was gone for good.
- The new version of the Enchanted Tiki Room will be open by "Fall 2011". The tentative month is August, but there could be some delays.
- It will be very similar to Disneyland's version, which is really good.
Those are really exciting confirmations! We can assume that they will release even more information in the future, so stay tuned!