The Enchanted Tiki Room contains Walt Disney's first Audio-Animatronic performers, a rowdy, rousing cast of 225 all-talking,
all-singing, all-whistling birds, flowers, masks, drummers, and tiki poles.
Once Walt had solved the problem of animating three-demensional figures, he thought of putting a Chinese restaurant in Adventureland where a audio-animatronic Confucius-like character would amuse the diners by spouting Oriental words of wisdom.
This expanded into a more elaborate idea of staging a dinner show featuring a cast of performing birds. The notion of a restaurant was dropped, as it proved to not be practical for Disneyland.
What was left was a 17-minute revue with an Audio-Animatronics cast. The Enchanted Tiki Room, "overflowing with the color and spirit of the islands," opened in 1963.
Four avian emcees -- Jose, Micheal, Pierre, and Fritz -- lead a company of animated orchids, bird-of-paradise flowers, parrots, macaws, toucans, cockatoos, carved wooden tiki poles, tiki drummers, and masks.
After all these years, this unique show still offers magical touches and delightful surprises.