Imagineers Go Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

What better way to celebrate today’s official reopening of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Magic Kingdom Park than by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the attraction, courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI).In the pictures below, Imagineers Eric Jacobson, Dave Hoffman, Eric Swapp and others offer a look at what’s new at this Adventureland attraction and also share their thoughts on what has kept it a guest favorite over the years.The attraction, which originally debuted at … [Read more...]


Around the “Disney” World – Adventureland

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When you look at Walt Disney World’s parks, hotels, and restaurants, there is one thing that really sets them apart from other parks, hotels, and restaurants that you might find in your hometown (or even at other theme parks). That one thing is theming. Disney is so good at transporting you to a different time, place, and environment, and if there’s one place in Disney World that I really think they excel with a theme, it’s Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom.As soon as you walk over the … [Read more...]


Off the Beaten Path: Magic Kingdom Quiet Places

During our WDW trips, we stick to the “Pirates Code”: “He who falls behind, gets left behind”. This drives home the point that it’s everyone’s vacation (particularly when we’re in our grand gathering) and we need to maintain a pace that’s good for everyone. If the kids had their choice, they would run back and forth between point A and point B all day long and if the adults had their choice, we’d be in a nice air conditioned ride all day long. When it’s been a long day in the parks for everyone … [Read more...]


First look: Adventureland Suite at the Disneyland Hotel

We’ve already shared looks inside the Fairy Tale, Big Thunder, Mickey Mouse Penthouse and Pirates of the Caribbean suites at the Disneyland Hotel, and today we’re finishing with the bang of a blunderbuss – the Adventureland Suite.This suite takes guests on the most luxurious safari ever. With the feel of an explorers’ camp from the 1930s, the Adventureland Suite features a master bedroom fashioned as a safari lodge with a claw-foot bathtub in the living area. In the master bathroom lies … [Read more...]


The Enchanted Tiki Room Reopens August 2011

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There are more lay offs coming to Disney this August. The “new management” has been let go and the future of the Adventureland landmark is in the wings and wit of the infamous José, Fritz, Michael and Pierre. You remember these four crooning parrot hosts who ushered in sophisticated Audio-Animatronics technology at California’s Disneyland in 1963 at The Enchanted Tiki Room.Goodbye Iago and Zazu you will be missed. Well not really.Are you New Management or Old Management Fan?Tell us … [Read more...]


Adventureland’s El Pirata Y El Perico renamed Tortuga Tavern

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El Pirata Y el Perico, the Magic Kingdom quick-service restaurant in Adventureland, has been renamed Tortuga Tavern. The name reflects Disney’s popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise, and refers to the 17th century pirate stronghold mentioned in the movies. Tortuga Tavern is located across from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which was the inspiration for the films. The key elements in El Pirata’s transformation to Tortuga Tavern include a new color scheme and design elements, … [Read more...]


Disney Confidential – The Enchanted Tiki Room rumored to fire ‘Under New Management’

Hey, there, Mouse fans. It's Anonymouse again, keeping my Ears to to the ground for the latest rumors. Ever since Magic Kingdom’s The Enchanted Tiki Room caught fire on Jan. 12, Disney fans have been hopeful that the unexpected refurbishment meant that Walt Disney World might consider returning the attraction to its former glory.That fire, which started in the attic, damaged the Audio-Animatronics Iago1 (the first of two Iagos) and Zazu. They were the added stars of “Under New Management,” … [Read more...]


Review: Walt Disney World Secrets Gold! 1.5

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Last week, I reviewed TimeStream Software’s app Walt Disney World Notescast Guide 3.0.  This week, I’m moving on to their recently updated app revealing some 250 of the Secrets of Walt Disney World, and another 200 fun facts!This Notescast is laid out in much the same format as the previous one.  Tapping on a section will take you to the next screen, which often has more choices for you to select from.  As a result, navigating through the vast amounts of data is really quite easy!One … [Read more...]


A Maximum Attraction Minimum Wait Time Magic Kingdom Day

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Maximizing attraction time while minimizing wait time at the Magic Kingdom is almost like setting up the Perfect Storm. If you do certain things and do not do other things you may be surprised at the result.First, the do not's:In general, do not go to the Magic Kingdom (MK) on weekend days. Most visitors arrive at Walt Disney World on Friday or Saturday sometime late in the day. This makes Saturday or Sunday their first full day in the parks and most people head to the MK on their first … [Read more...]


Pirate Goofy is now at the Magic Kingdom

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Very Cool! Pirate Goofy is now doing a meet and greet in Advertureland at World Disney World. Video is from one of our favorite Disney Videographers Jeff Lang DVD … [Read more...]