Monday, January 17, 2011

Fire at the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Room...

Here's a clipping from the Orlando Sentinel...
Firefighters were called to a small fire at an attraction at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park on Wednesday, officials said. According to the Reedy Creek Fire Department, firefighters were called to the park's The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management attraction in the Adventureland section of Magic Kingdom about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Fire Department spokesman Bo Jones said a small fire in the attic of the attraction was extinguished by fire sprinklers. Firefighters worked to evacuate the area and to check to make sure the fire was completely out, Jones said. After determining that the fire was out, firefighters reopened the area, officials said. About 8 p.m., Jones said only the Enchanted Tiki Room remained closed to park goers, as crews worked to clear excess sprinkler water.

... if it aint broke!
The cause of the fire was still under investigation Wednesday evening. Jones said crews were still working to determine the extent of the damage, but he said it appeared the sprinklers had kept the fire from spreading to other structures. "They did their job today," he said. Firefighters did not report any injuries as a result of the fire.

According to Disney's website, The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management is a

"Polynesian musical revue starring singing birds, flowers and tiki idols, performed for Guests of all ages inside the Sunshine Pavilion in the Adventureland area at Magic Kingdom theme park."

Watch this clip until 1:44 ... it's downhill from there!
The Disney World version of the Tiki Room was once at the forefront of audio-animatronics the benchmark by which all other attractions should be measured. In 1998, thankfully after my two visits, the show was redesigned (wrecked in my opinion!) and updated to feature the Lion King's Zazu and Aladdin's Iago. Therefore my sadness at any damage at Disney World is tempered by the fact that the attraction was damaged more significantly back in 1998! If you're still looking for the original Tiki Room experience then head to Disneyland California as they have remained faithful to the original preserving its timeless charm.

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