The Enchanted Tiki Room attraction at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has reopened, having been restored to its original format.
The "Under New Management" makeover that had been in place on the Enchanted Tiki Room since 1998 has been removed, with a small fire in January 2011 having triggered the decision. The animatronic musical show has now returned to the original format that was used when it opened in 1963, when it was known as The Tropical Serenade.
Disney has released a behind-the-scenes video which features Imagineers Eric Jacobson, Dave Hoffman and Eric Swapp discussing the work undertaken to bring the classic Enchanted Tiki Room back to life:
The original Enchanted Tiki Room attraction opened at Disneyland in 1963, and was the first ever audio-animatronic show at at a Disney park. The version at the Magic Kingdom opened alongside the rest of the park in October 1971. Despite being known as The Tropical Serenade, it was identical to the Disneyland version, other than featuring a new pre-show.
The Enchanted Tiki Room's original format sees it hosted by friendly birds Jose, Fritz, Pierre and Michael, who lead 200 other birds, tikis and flowers in a Polynesian-style musical revue. In 1998, Disney installed a new version of the show featuring the Iago and Zazu characters from Aladdin and The Lion King, who have now been removed.