Now I Don’t Normally Condone Arson, but…

It’s no secret that I REALLY do not like the Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management and like any other (more or less) sane person on the planet, I do not like fires that could have been an accident (but some would like to think could have been started for a reason), but when it works out well in the end…

EDITORS NOTE: We at the Adventures of a Lost Boy blog do NOT condone arson for any reason (unless it could bring back a better version of a Disney attraction. I’m looking at you Figment.)

Earlier this year, there was a fire in the attic of the attraction at the Magic Kingdom and some Audio-Animatronics were damaged during the event. It hasn’t been open since and there has been quite a lot of work going on in the thatched roof building. This, of course, made a lot of Tiki Room fans (myself included) yearn for the years before Iago and Zazu took over the show from Jose, Fritz, Pierre, and Michael in the late 90’s and hope that if we couldn’t get the original back, that we could AT LEAST get one of the two fantastic versions from Tokyo Disneyland. (Hey Disney, why don’t you put in the current one that has Stitch in it and bring back the ExtraTerrorestrial Alien Encounter? I don’t hate Stitch’s Great Escape as much as other Disney fans, mostly due to the fact that it scared the daylights out of me when I was a child, but now that I’m older I feel like I can really appreciate the attraction.)

It was announced today that yes, the rumours are true, a show “reminiscent” (as the Disney Parks Blog puts it) to the original Enchanted Tiki Room (and Tropical Serenade) is coming back to the Magic Kingdom. No word as to who will be sponsoring it (if anyone) or whether or not you will be able to take Dole Whips into it like you can at Disneyland (which is the much more pressing issue).

When the park first opened in 1971, Tropical Serenade was one of the very first attractions at the East-coast Disneyland. If you notice, I didn’t say that it was called the Enchanted Tiki Room and there is a very specific reason for that: the original attraction at Disneyland was personally owned by Walt Disney and WED Enterprises, hence why it is called Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. The Walt Disney Company could not use the name “Enchanted Tiki Room” without express permission from WED until the company was re-absorbed into the Walt Disney Company and renamed Walt Disney Imagineering.

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