Mousetalgia’s Best Ear Ever #41: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room from June 27, 2016.
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Team Mousetalgia celebrates Audio-Animatronic history by welcoming Disney historian and author Jeff Kurtti back to the show today as we investigate Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Join us on the lanai as we reminisce about the history and development of this famous attraction, from its roots as a proposed Chinese restaurant through its present day acclaim with the recent resurgence in the popularity of Polynesian culture. Kurtti, author of “Walt Disney’s Imagineering Legends,” talks about the early days of WED Enterprises, the cultural trends that enabled the Tiki Room to succeed, and the famous Sherman Brothers song that ties the whole show together. Also – we unveil the secrets to some of Trader Sam’s most closely guarded drink recipes, and take a look at the grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland.