Before guests entered the Enchanted Tiki Room, they first waited in an outdoor garden area and enjoyed a pre-show introduction. Various tikis (Kor, Maui, Pele, Rongo, Tangaroa, and Tangaroa-Ru) would introduce themselves to guests. To the right is Tangaroa, "Father of all Gods and Goddesses. Here in this land of enchantment, I appear before you as a mighty tree! Stand back! Oh mystic powers, hear my call. From my limbs, let new life fall."
Dig those crazy trash cans! I haven't visited the Tiki Room for a long time, does anybody know if those are still there? The next time I am at Disneyland, I am going to make a point to check it out. It was great to hear that the attraction got a beautiful upgrade for the 50th celebration, since it represents an important step in audio-animatronics technology, and was such a personal point of pride for Walt Disney. Hopefully folks will be able to hear the "birds sing words and the flowers croon" for many more years to come.