Saturday, October 19, 2013

Disneyland: Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms

We spent yesterday afternoon enjoying a few hours at Disneyland, including a visit to the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Realms exhibit in the Opera House.

The exhibit celebrates the Tiki Room's 50th anniversary.

This "Barker Bird" was positioned near the entrance when the attraction opened, but was later removed, as he drew so much attention he created a traffic jam!

The exhibit included conceptual artwork by many of Disney's greatest artists and Imagineers. The photos below represent just a few of the many paintings on display. Seeing them in person was a special experience.

This one is by Herb Ryman:

Collin Campbell:

Dorothea Holt Redmond:

John Hench:

Marc Davis:

Rolly Crump:

This prototype bird was created by Harriet Burns, the first woman Imagineer at Disney.

I loved this colorful airline menu, part of the miscellaneous Tiki Room ephemera on display:

Previous Disney Gallery exhibits: Magic on the Water, The Colors of Mary Blair, Trains of Disney, and Crowning Achievements.


Blogger Amanda said...

When I visited Disney World when I was a child in about 89, the Tiki Birds were one my favorite things. I can't believe it's 50 years old! Something so simple, can really be memorable to a child. It would probably be lame to kids these days, but those simple birds singing were magical to me.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Amanda, the Tiki Room and the "rain sequence" is one of my very earliest childhood memories. You're so right about the Tiki Room being really memorable for a child. :)

My own kids still love it and they're not so little anymore (grin).

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,

10:21 PM  

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