How many of you have already had the chance to swing by the new Disney Gallery location inside The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland Park?
Gracing the walls of the new location are conceptual and definitive works of art themed to the new exhibit titled Tiki,Tiki,Tiki Realms, Celebrating 50 years of Enchantment.
The Enchanted Tiki Room attraction began with a bird. During a trip to New Orleans, Walt Disney came upon a mechanical singing bird in a collectibles shop. He brought it home and with the help of his Imagineers, set about figuring out how it worked and how he could improve it.
While his Imagineers worked on building a better bird, Walt began developing an idea for a table service resturant in Adventureland called the Tiki Room. Here guests would watch these mechanical birds perform as part of a dinner show. That idea evolved into the Enchanted Tiki Room, the beloved Disneyland show that introduced the world to a new kind of storytelling technology: Audio-Animatronics figures.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Enchanted Tiki Room still charms and delights divese audiences of all ages with its simple story,clever jokes and catchy songs performed by more than 200 Audio-Animatronics birds,tiki figures,tiki masks and flowers. Now, The Walt Disney Story welcomes you to enjoy the art, stories and bits of enchantment that have brought Polynesian paradises to life at Disney Parks around the world.
As the Walt Disney Imagineering team explained, legendary Imagineer John Hench once recalled using visualization to design the interior of the Enchanted Tiki Room. He had envisioned a single Auto-Animatronics bird singing in a central space, followed by other birds, flowers and craved tiki figures joining in on a lively jam session that filled the room.
With the help of dedicated Imagineers, that vision first came to life at Disneyland. Since it debut, the Enchanted Tiki Room went on to inspire other attractions which featured Audio-Animatronics figures, such as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Pirates of the Caribbean. The innovative did more than push Imagineers to futher develop an exciting technology: it has inspired a new generation of artists to reinterpret favorite characters and moments from the groundbreaking show.
One of the orginals from day one...Dr Lee