Friday, January 9, 2015

#39 - Enchanted Tiki Room

Category: Shows
Category Rank: 3

Park: Magic Kingdom
Park Rank: 17

It is at this point that I need to mention an album that I love.  It is from Disneyland, not Disney World, but most of the songs work for both (and I have made a shortened playlist out of the key songs anyways).  The CD is Disney's Happiest Celebration on Earth, and I've got to admit, many hours have been spent listening to it, thinking happily about our next trip.

I mention it because many of the items on this list get an extra boost just by being on the album.  This is true of #39.  The Enchanted Tiki Room is an animatronic show of music that has been around since the inception of the park.  It features singing birds as well as singing other creature types.

The show itself has been passed over by other attractions at Magic Kingdom, as shows are often sparsely filled (unless it is raining or unbearably hot, where the show like the Hall of Presidents offers a great break).  No one is coming to the park because it is there.  However, that puts it in good company on this list.  Being an original attraction, there is something that feels distinctly Disney about it.

We mentioned the different themes of WDW, especially in Magic Kingdom.  There is the gentle laziness of the small midwestern town, the root-toot-tootingness of the Wild West wilderness, the progress of the future in Tomorrowland, and the magical nature of Fantasyland.  The Tiki Room gives us that wild adventure in exotic locales.  We of course saw that in the Jungle Cruise earlier, and the Tiki Room provides that with the exotic birds of the South Pacific tropics.

From the perspective of relativity, this attraction has always been not as significant to us as others, like Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World, or even Haunted Mansion.  Adventureland as a whole seems to pack less "Disney!" punch than the many of those other lands.  So, this attraction is a bit low on our list.

Still, it is an original attraction at Magic Kingdom and it couples the catchy music with quite a bit of humor, so you will see it higher than the run-of-the-mill slow rides like Peter Pan or Winnie the Pooh.

Our next attraction is a slow ride from Magic Kingdom as well.  It too has been around since the inception of the park, and it doesn't feature a Disney character like the ones listed above.  In fact, it is often a forgotten ride, or one that a person takes only when desperate for a chance to rest their feet.  Still, it is a favorite of our family's; we go on this ride every year to get a good glimpse of the park.

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