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  • [Question] Tiki Room on a cruise?

    I wonder if anyone on here who's steeped in early Disney history might have the answer to this. I've always wondered, in the beginning of the Tiki room, why does it say "Welcome aboard, or ashore, or wherever you are!"?

    If the Tiki Room was built only for Disneyland in the early days, before any of the cruise lines or any other properties existed, why wouldn't the line just be "Welcome"? It seems almost as if that line was thrown in so that they could put the same show in the parks or on a cruise line or on other properties since it's kind of a catch-all phrase.

    Anyone know if there were plans to make Tiki Room an attraction for cruise lines or something else in the early days? Or is this just a line of dialogue someone thought would fit with the tropical theme?
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    Re: Tiki Room on a cruise?

    To be honest, I doubt it, they could easily just re-record a new welcoming line. I don't know for sure but I'd be really surprised if there were plans to make it an attraction somewhere else.

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    • #3
      Re: Tiki Room on a cruise?

      I've always interpreted it as the "character" just waking up and being a bit confused. The nautical theme is likely just a continuation of the famous parrot/pirate association.

      That being said, there's a bizzare joke conspiracy theory I've worked on with my friends for decades now. There were actually six parrots - the parrots in the tiki room all used to be Pirate Parrots in POTC - five or six of them escaped originally (as shown in the exit sign showing the five birds around the drink) but one of them went back and is now the show bird in the final loop visible from the POTC queue.

      We don't talk about the sixth. He fell in with a bad crowd and spends all day singing with some drunk guy. We think he may have been the barker bird and is still bitter about getting cut.
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      • #4
        Re: Tiki Room on a cruise?

        This is weird.

        I always thought those birds were escapees from "The Three Caballeros" or maybe Casablanca.
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        • #5
          Re: Tiki Room on a cruise?

          Originally posted by JamesDusenberry View Post

          Anyone know if there were plans to make Tiki Room an attraction for cruise lines or something else in the early days? Or is this just a line of dialogue someone thought would fit with the tropical theme?
          Forgot where I read or heard it but I believe it was meant to be part of a dinner show for a restaurant in the park.

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          • #6
            Re: Tiki Room on a cruise?

            I like to think it all goes along with the "island paradise" vibe.

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            • #7
              Re: Tiki Room on a cruise?

              Originally posted by JanitorofSHIELD View Post
              I like to think it all goes along with the "island paradise" vibe.
              I think the idea is we just got on the island.
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              • #8
                Re: Tiki Room on a cruise?

                It's to frame the story in the ride.
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                • #9
                  Re: Tiki Room on a cruise?

                  I just go there to sing with the birds. I don't even know all of the words.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Tiki Room on a cruise?

                    Originally posted by JamesDusenberry View Post
                    I wonder if anyone on here who's steeped in early Disney history might have the answer to this. I've always wondered, in the beginning of the Tiki room, why does it say "Welcome aboard, or ashore, or wherever you are!"?

                    If the Tiki Room was built only for Disneyland in the early days, before any of the cruise lines or any other properties existed, why wouldn't the line just be "Welcome"? It seems almost as if that line was thrown in so that they could put the same show in the parks or on a cruise line or on other properties since it's kind of a catch-all phrase.

                    Anyone know if there were plans to make Tiki Room an attraction for cruise lines or something else in the early days? Or is this just a line of dialogue someone thought would fit with the tropical theme?
                    I always interpreted the line to be the bird being a little bit dazed after waking up.

                    it was certainly not designed for a cruise ship, as Disney Cruise lines were not anywhere near developed by that time, or even thought of. When the Tiki Room opened, it required a computer the size of the building just to run the show! Cruise ships certainly
                    dont have that type of space.
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                    • #11
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                      I think Fritz was just a tad drowsy is all haha.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Tiki Room on a cruise?

                        Originally posted by Druggas View Post
                        I just go there to sing with the birds. I don't even know all of the words.
                        Phew, almost thought I was the only one on this forum who didn't.

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