WDW Adventureland: Why You Need to Give the Disney Tikis a Closer Look

Adventureland, Imagineers, Tiki Room

Adventureland…home of the tropical Tikis

Every photo has a story.

Walking through Adventureland in Walt Disney World , you’re surrounded by plants and trees that make you feel like you’re deep in the jungle. Think about it; you don’t even notice most of the landscaping in Fantasyland, except maybe the elephant topiary by the Dumbo ride.  Here, there is wooden marimba music that evokes a feeling of being in the jungle – music you think you would hear the natives playing in the deep recesses somewhere in Africa or Asia. The Adventureland decorations are designed to complete what you think it would feel like to be immersed in a jungle adventure. Tropical plants, exotic wood, and the iconic tropical tikis…

Pirates of the Caribbean, Tike Room, Disney vacationThe Imagineers relate in The Imagineering Field Guide to the Magic Kingdom how the tikis in Adventureland tell the story of the “Show Quality Standards” (SQS) program within Walt Disney Imagineering. Show Quality Standards allow the theme parks to maintain their original design as the years go by, allowing for age, growth, and evolution. When anything in a Disney park needs to be replaced because of wear and tear or just old age, SQS groups, maintenance teams, and park operators work together to make certain the replacement is as good or better than the original.

Picture this…The tikis were originally just an Adventureland decoration. When they had aged and deteriorated through the years and were in need of replacement, the Imagineers took this opportunity to improve on the original tiki-as-decoration concept.  Rebuilt using fiberglass under the direction of Imagineer Marc Davis, the tikis now show off steam and water abilities.  More than just a decoration, the tikis now serve as a fun distraction and provide an opportunity to cool off a bit, which can be a welcome break during the hot Florida summers.

Adventureland, Walt Disney, Imagineers


Speaking of tikis and hot summers…

Need some more summer-time cooling off?  Walk just a few feet from the tikis and see the show at The Tiki Room, an attraction that the Imagineers say was rumored to be one of Walt Walt Disney‘s favorite attractions at Disneyland.  I’m just really glad that Disney World has switched back to the original attraction.  I love the “plussing” and improving the Imagineers do, but I was never a fan of the updated Tiki Room “Under New Management” show.  My own children saw this show for the first time at Christmas in 2011, at the ripe old ages of 14, 12 and 10, and they really liked it.  In fact, we saw it three times that trip.  In the hot summer, the room is dark, cool, and the air conditioning is definitely appreciated.  Add a bench to rest your feet, Audio-Animatronic birds, catchy songs, and some tiki-drumming, and you have yourself an adventure.  My favorite place to sit?  I like the row in the back, near the singing tikis, so I have a window seat for the tropical rain storm.

Thanks for coming along for a photographical Disney ride!

Amanda

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