Joined: Apr 03, 2002
From: Los Angeles
|Posted: 2004-08-22 12:17 pm  Permalink|
I am pretty optimistic about the HUMONGOUS rehab currently taking place at the Enchanted Tiki Room. I am sure much love and care is being taken to spruce up this classic Disneyland attraction. That being said, yesterday I was in Adventureland and made sure to stroll by the wooden construction wall that surrounds this "world of joyous songs and wondrous miracles". WOW, it didn't take me long to notice a few things in the construction zone--the most obvious thing being that the old Juice Bar has been demolished! It is totally smashed apart and GONE; just some old boards and a pile of dirt left. Now, I am sure come March we'll have a brand new fabulous tiki juice bar that will just blow us away with its improved "pineappley goodness." Maybe it will even be rebuilt using the very same 1963 blueprints (though I kind of doubt it)...but, being a sentimental type of person, may I suggest that we all just pause for a brief moment and take off our hats to the sweet memory of all the many Dole Whips and pineapple spears we've enjoyed from that historical old building now gone to eternity. Before it was the Juice Bar, the compact little building was the Tiki Room ticket booth where folks paid 75 cents admission to see Walt Disney's newest concept in entertainment: Audio Animatronics. The design was pretty elaborate, sporting a towering A-frame structure which held an outrigger canoe, a wooden tiki named Uti (wearing big hoop earrings!) holding a functioning gas flame torch, and the legendary Barker Bird. Then, one morning in the year 2000, neglect and nature caused the A-frame's support poles to lean over and so the entire elaborate structure had to be removed...and sadly it was never restored. Instead, a simple umbrella has covered the turnstile area for the past four years. Our stalwart little Juice Bar, however, remained in place to give welcome refreshment to a few million more tiki fans.... right up until this past week. Friends, let us raise a cup of Dole to our beloved Tiki Juice Bar. It served us well and made our hands sticky for over 40 years. I'll certainly miss it.