Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Enchanted Tiki Room

The attraction with the longest name in history has finally re-opened at the Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room at the Adventureland Sunshine Pavilion.

The show is now a recreation, or tribute so to speak, of the original Tropical Serenade that existed at Walt Disney World and Disneyland many moons ago. Iago and Zazu are gone as are all the snarky comments from the Eisner-era soundtrack. Back are Michael, Jose, Pierre, Fritz and the rest of the birds, flowers, and tiki gods of the original show.

The new show clocks in at 11 minutes, shorter than the original and Disneyland versions, something a few people on the internet have pointed out. Having just sat through the full Disneyland version not too long ago, I can tell you that it drags on and a tighter 11 minute version at Walt Disney World is certainly welcome.

I didn't hate the Under New Management version as much as some people, despite it's many faults, but I'm definitely happy to see the show returned to the Magic Kingdom. Disney could have easily taken the cheap way out and turned the building into another character meet & greet but instead spent money to not only fix but refurbish and overhaul a classic attraction just for the sake of saying "this is a classic attraction and it deserves it." Hopefully the crowds come to enjoy it for what it is: a short, fun, air conditioned view into a bygone era.

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