“Walt said [to Imagineer John Hench], ‘I want to do a little Tiki Room. I just want a little Tiki-Tiki Room for over in Adventureland. We’re redoing Adventureland.’
Walt took one look at [Hench’s concept art for a restaurant] and said, 'John, you’ve got birds in there.’ Hench said, 'Yeah,’ and Walt said, 'Well, you can’t have birds in there, they’re going to poop in the food!’ Yeah, he really said that.
Hench explained that they were not real birds, but stuffed birds, but Walt immediately replied, 'Disney does not stuff birds.’
Hench replied, 'No, no, no. They’re little mechanical birds that cheep.’
Walt said, 'Well, maybe they can cheep and cavort with each other.’
And that’s how we started the Tiki Room. Then all of a sudden we started to develop the works of these little guys and the sounds and everything. So all of a sudden that was in production.”
“Just something I’ve wanted to experiment with for a while. I included
only the second half of the show, there the window’s various effects are
seen. Designed by Marc Davis, it’s a little taste of classic
The original Audio-Animatronic show, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opened in 1963, paving the way for most of the classic Animatronic attractions we know now. Towards the end of the show, the totems and Tiki drummers begin this “authentic”, (but still very 60’s Disney), chant.