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Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room Art Event TODAY JUNE 22, 2008
Tangaroa-Ru
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Posted: 2008-06-23 2:20 pm   Permalink

No question -- the event was not well thought out by Disney AT ALL. But Kevin and Jodie were gracious and wonderful, signing their merchandise past the cut-off signing time (which Disney said was 11 a.m.). The Disney employees were very patient and helpful, though. I arrived at the park at 6 a.m. My main purpose was to get photos of the event and Kevin and Jodie for my upcoming article for Tiki Magazine. But, hey, since I was there anyway...I did stand in the extremely long line and wait my turn. Happy to say I was able to get everything on all my friends' wishlists (except the fountains, which they promised to me in 6-8 weeks, since I was lucky enough to make it onto Disney's "will call" list). But there was this frenzied sense that they were running out of everything... only to find out later that they just couldn't restock fast enough. Odd how Disney didn't think this was going to be such a big draw.

Here's what I can't understand: After the success of the last Tiki Room merchandise, why didn't Disney put some imagination into this day? This should have been a REAL EVENT. It would have been so special to have had this take place (or part of it) in the pre-show Tiki Room garden. Maybe have the signings done there, instead of the VERY dark Main Street Cinema. Hire King Kukelele to entertain. Passed out free pineapple juice. ANYTHING. (Oh, wait. I just said "free". "Free" and "Disney" aren't allowed in the same sentence. My bad.)

Anyway, if I ran this circus, I would issue "Fastpass" type tickets to everyone in line, based on first come. That way, everyone could enjoy the park (and continue to spend their money... do you hear that, Disney execs?) until it was their timeslot to show up and buy their merchandise. Yes, people would still have to wait in line (at the beginning of the day (to get their "Fastpass" event ticket), and perhaps have to wait 20 minutes or so, when their timeslot was called, but I think that beats waiting in one line for HOURS, don't you? And it will keep the Main Street stores from being blocked with long lines of tired-looking people. (Always a cheery thing to see when you first enter an amusement park.)

I did manage to amuse myself in line however. I must have been asked at least one hundred times (by park guests) "What's this line for?" To which I merrily replied, "the bathroom". Always a crowd-pleaser.


 
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tiki-a-fair
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Joined: Aug 20, 2007
Posts: 232
From: Tikicali
Posted: 2008-06-23 2:35 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-06-23 14:18, Brenda's Tiki Hut wrote:
Sounds like h-e-doublet-toothpicks. Which bracelets are they out of? The lucite or the charm?


The charm bracelet wasnt even there, production problems and the lucite one is gone. but it wasnt made very well to you the truth, the made in china ruined it for me as it was painted in plain view on the side.


 
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tiki-a-fair
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From: Tikicali
Posted: 2008-06-23 2:40 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-06-23 14:20, Tangaroa-Ru wrote:
No question -- the event was not well thought out by Disney AT ALL. But Kevin and Jodie were gracious and wonderful, signing their merchandise past the cut-off signing time (which Disney said was 11 a.m.). The Disney employees were very patient and helpful, though. I arrived at the park at 6 a.m. My main purpose was to get photos of the event and Kevin and Jodie for my upcoming article for Tiki Magazine. But, hey, since I was there anyway...I did stand in the extremely long line and wait my turn. Happy to say I was able to get everything on all my friends' wishlists (except the fountains, which they promised to me in 6-8 weeks, since I was lucky enough to make it onto Disney's "will call" list). But there was this frenzied sense that they were running out of everything... only to find out later that they just couldn't restock fast enough. Odd how Disney didn't think this was going to be such a big draw.

Here's what I can't understand: After the success of the last Tiki Room merchandise, why didn't Disney put some imagination into this day? This should have been a REAL EVENT. It would have been so special to have had this take place (or part of it) in the pre-show Tiki Room garden. Maybe have the signings done there, instead of the VERY dark Main Street Cinema. Hire King Kukelele to entertain. Passed out free pineapple juice. ANYTHING. (Oh, wait. I just said "free". "Free" and "Disney" aren't allowed in the same sentence. My bad.)

Anyway, if I ran this circus, I would issue "Fastpass" type tickets to everyone in line, based on first come. That way, everyone could enjoy the park (and continue to spend their money... do you hear that, Disney execs?) until it was their timeslot to show up and buy their merchandise. Yes, people would still have to wait in line (at the beginning of the day (to get their "Fastpass" event ticket), and perhaps have to wait 20 minutes or so, when their timeslot was called, but I think that beats waiting in one line for HOURS, don't you? And it will keep the Main Street stores from being blocked with long lines of tired-looking people. (Always a cheery thing to see when you first enter an amusement park.)

I did manage to amuse myself in line however. I must have been asked at least one hundred times (by park guests) "What's this line for?" To which I merrily replied, "the bathroom". Always a crowd-pleaser.




Ha, Ha that is funny, bathroom line, I told everyone it was for Minnie Mouse's rare perfomance of her 1st Burlesque show!


 
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princessP
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Posted: 2008-06-23 3:07 pm   Permalink


I was hopping for a Shag like event, or the Nightmare before christmas event .

Pay a fee, you use a RSP for merchadise lottery.

Pick up your merchdise at one place and have a little reception at The tiki room !!


 
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tiki-a-fair
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From: Tikicali
Posted: 2008-06-23 3:15 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-06-23 15:07, princessP wrote:

I was hopping for a Shag like event, or the Nightmare before christmas event .

Pay a fee, you use a RSP for merchandise lottery.

Pick up your merchdise at one place and have a little reception at The tiki room !!


Just my thoughts too, it would of been more enjoyable! How about the poor people that came from out of state and paid to get in?!?!?!?! That is horrible. couldn't even enjoy themselves.


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2008-06-23 3:20 pm   Permalink

Thank the Tiki Gawds I passed the test online here...cause I would have PASSED OUT in line at Disneyland. Bless all of you dedicated collectors for putting up with such insanity. Sounds like the phone line thang is working out for peeps too. I am holding my breath that I got something...will have to wait till my contact checks in.

I really want a fountain...hmmmmm...wonder if I can hold on the phone line to that number till the end of July.
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bigtikidude
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2008-06-23 4:23 pm   Permalink

I'm glad I had no idea about any of this.

I like alot of the disney tiki stuff.

but the circus is just not worth it to me.

I went and saw 2 surf bands by the Beach and then saw the Smokin Menahunes,
both for free, and then went to Kona(Sams Seafood) after that.

now that was a good day.





 
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stevesoto
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From: Hawaiian Eye Parkway, Sacramento
Posted: 2008-06-23 4:45 pm   Permalink

I agree with everyone that this event was very poorly managed.

I too spent just over five hours waiting in line.

But, I did manage to snag everything I was after and am on the fountain call list.

Most of the items were much nicer in person than as pictured on the website, I thought.

I did meet some great people in line too, so that really helped make the long wait much easier.






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Joe V.
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Posted: 2008-06-23 4:55 pm   Permalink

Steve Soto of the Adolescents?

 
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ESP182
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From: Orange, CA
Posted: 2008-06-24 09:16 am   Permalink

Agreeing with everyone on this post that had to wait. My story - arrived at 8am, had to start waiting near the outlet street (is it really a street?) past the last building on Main Street. Definitely enough grumblings to go around. Yes there were the perennial questioning from others - What is this line for? At one point my girlfriend's brother told someone - I don't know. Person just looked confused and left without any follow up.

After 5 hours of waiting, add in the brief pause for the restocking of merchandise. (Note - at one point they removed the Rongo Bowl from the display case and the person watching the door said, "If it's no longer there, its' sold out." You can imagine the sinking feeling in us as we had to pass along the news. Luckily we were very happy when we heard "restocking shelves"). A little after 1 am and we finally walked in. Walked out with - purse, 2 rongo bowls (yea-and they are awesome), jewelry box, pitchers, glassware, hand towels, shirts, artwork, and shadowbox. On the list for the fountain.

For anyone that purchased the shadowbox by Dave Avanzino, you will notice that the letter key and explanation on the back doesn't correspond to whats on front. I emailed Mr. Avanzino and he responded by saying there was a bad run at the facility in China (hmmm, running theme here...how about Made in the USA for once!!). He realized the problem when he was asked to sign the first one and there was nothing they could do about it, because the facility in China had closed. He said there will be a link on the Disney Gallery website with the right image file that should have gone with it. But now the shadowbox has definitely turned into a collector's item.

Even though we didn't get to meet the artists (I was looking forward to meeting Mr. Miehana (aka Kevin Kidney himself)I'd like to thank them for sticking it out longer for those that did get to meet them. Again I agree with other members when they say that Disney should have done a better job in handling this event. It is the 45th anniversary after all!! I for one would have gladly paid an extra fee for a hosted event somewhere within the park (preferrably air conditioned)with the whole nine yards - band, meet and greet, Dole sponsored pineapple juice / whip, exclusive artwork on display. But no, long line, heat, and a lack of preparation. But a thank you Disney employees - Hardy and Martha. The former was managing the line and explaining the situation as the day progressed, and the latter for explaining the Tiki Fountain list. Hopefully we get a call.

Knowing in 5 more years they will have this again, is there anyone we can contact at Disney to tell them - Hey it's the 50th, we don't want to wait in a long line in June heat for a mismanaged merchandise opening. Do something special (or perhaps..enchanted?), Charge us a little extra and we will gladly pay for it.



 
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Hinano_Paul
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Posted: 2008-06-24 10:15 am   Permalink

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On 2008-06-23 14:20, Tangaroa-Ru wrote:
I did manage to amuse myself in line however. I must have been asked at least one hundred times (by park guests) "What's this line for?" To which I merrily replied, "the bathroom". Always a crowd-pleaser.



My favorite we used a few times was "If you don't know just keep moving" Talk about confused looks!
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Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2008-06-24 11:49 am   Permalink

The best line that my friend heard that day came from one of the Disney staff:

"What's this line for?"

"Oh...they're unfreezing Walt"


 
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thedivas
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Posted: 2008-06-24 1:05 pm   Permalink

that was my favorite "snappy answer to stupid questions" too! now, as for the event, i have to say that it could have been worse. i was at the 40th Anniversary event, and was just short of 300th in line at that one. they had the line running in the opposite direction, back toward the park entrance, so we were in the sun almost the entire time, and it was just as HOT!!! at least this time we were (mostly) in the shade and were kept informed regularly by very nice Disneyland cast members. after the 40th event, i swore that i'd never do that again. that resolution lasted exactly 5 years. as long as folks like us continue to queue up, they will keep staging the events this way. will i be able to resist the 50th anniv? i doubt it. my thought on not having food/drink vendors walking the line, think they're damned if they do, damned if they don't. if they had done that, people would have probably complained that Disney was taking advantage of the situation, "they made extra money off of us as we stood in line" type of thing.

 
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Tangaroa-Ru
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Posted: 2008-06-24 7:12 pm   Permalink

I think Disney made plenty of money from us yesterday -- and I have absolutely no problem with that since it's all great Tiki merchandise that we wanted. I appreciate that some people say they would pay even more for a "fun and pleasant" experience while shopping, but, as a former Disneyland employee (pre-Eisner, I'm happy to say) I'm here to tell you that IT USED TO BE a fun and pleasant experience, regardless! You did NOT pay extra to be treated as a special guest. THAT was a given. Showmanship was #1 in Walt's book of rules. Sad to say that counting every nickel has become the standard operating procedure.

Seriously, how much do you think it would have cost the Disney Company to hire the a ukulele player for five hours and serve six hundred people free pineapple juice last Sunday? $2000.00? How much do you think all of us spent collectively last Sunday?

I'm not anti-Disney and I'm certainly not a whiner, but it is painful to see a company, that always used to put Park Guests FIRST (and that I learned so much from), now become the butt of jokes. And for us to actually OFFER to pay that company more money just to treat us AND their events with any sense of appreciation? After what we do for them AND for what Disneyland means to so many? Disneyland has an amazing history and is inspirational on many levels. The Tiki Room was one of Walt's personal favorite attractions. He LOVED it and he was a big fan of pop-Polynesia, too! I wish the Disney executives could see what we see... because it's more than just merchandise.


 
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WooHooWahine
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Posted: 2008-06-24 7:38 pm   Permalink

This is sickening!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Disneyland-Tiki-Room-Enchanted-Fountain-45th-SIGNED-LE_W0QQitemZ190232216423QQihZ009QQcategoryZ1380QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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