Visit: 25 Aug 1995
Opened June 23rd, 1963.
This attraction in the Adventureland section of Disneyland was Walt Disney's first use of Audio-Animatronics for an attraction, and has over 225 fully automated, moving figures. It was originally developed as an attraction for the New York 1964 World's Fair, but when the sponsor fell through, the show was changed and planned for Disneyland instead. An early development concept was that this would be a Polynesian restaurant, but when the attraction was still in design, it was decided that turnover in the restaurant would be an issue -- the fear was that patrons would be so fascinated with the moving and talking birds and tikis that they wouldn't ever leave their table. Instead, the attraction was made into the 17 minute seated show you see today.
The attraction had fallen into poor condition in recent years. Due to pressure from online campaigns and the attraction's sponsor, Dole Pineapple, the Enchanted Tiki Room underwent some much-needed repairs, but continued to be in a state of decay. Fortunately, in 2004 and 2005 the Enchanted Tiki Room was closed for an extensive restoration, and today is looking beautiful, and attendance has increased substantially. Enchanted Tiki Room merchandise has been a big seller for Disneyland in recent years.
Enchanted Tiki Rooms with different shows can also be found at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.
From the early '60s into the early '90s, Adventureland also had the Tahitian Terrace, a restaurant with a dinner show, located next to the Enchanted Tiki Room. This was replaced by Aladdin's Oasis, but in December 2018, Aladdin's Oasis was replaced by a new Polynesian themed food counter, named Tropical Hideaway.