“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.”
Disneyland in construction - Sleeping Beauty Castle ; Storybook Land Canal Boats (X2) ; Monorail (seems they originally built it at the Disney studios backlot) ; Carousel of Progress ; Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room ; Peoplemover (X2) and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (X2)
(1966 Tiki Room, Disneyland.) The Barker Bird was originally outside the Tiki Room, hollering to the crowd to lure them into the attraction. This single bird often would cause such a crowd, it became a roadblock and was eventually removed to improve traffic flow.
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room! I don’t think I can tell you how much I really do enjoy this attraction. If you haven’t seen it you are very much missing out. The original show still plays at Disneyland and it’s my favorite.
A rarely considered vantage point of Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room - from the front, of course, it sits solidly on the ground, but this viewpoint is nearly perfectly designed to hint at a more tropical setting to sit next to the Jungle Cruise - the hut sitting on stilts over the river and the volcanic rock, the nets (for fishing?) out drying, and hanging lanterns all work together to render the little ‘slice of life’ scene that most guests likely don’t stop and appreciate.