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Bye Bye (Tiki) Birdies?

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by WDW1974, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Unplugged

    Unplugged Well-Known Member

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    I supposed if they are working to energize the show and make it more interactive, leveraging Maui could be a good call. But a lot of the changes as of late don't seem to be taking the "right" approach, just the cheap approach.
     
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    GoofGoof Well-Known Member

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    The cheapest approach is to shut the ride down completely.
     
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    If the Tiki Birds do stay, then it sounds like this will be Under New Management Part 2: Moana and that chicken character join the show. Although I guess this wouldn't be as bad since it means the original show could come back when this IP is no longer in style.
     
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    The Aladdin influence worked so well.....;)
     
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    ford91exploder Resident Curmudgeon

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    Im sure thats in the realm of the possible outcomes as well
     
  6. GoofGoof

    GoofGoof Well-Known Member

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    Maybe, but if you think about it the best bang for their buck is to repurpose it to something more popular. They don't need to spend to build a new Moana ride, the Tiki Birds draw crowds again and you get a capacity boost at MK for a minimal amount of spend. If it gets popular enough (like Frozen Norway) they add FP+;). That seems more likely to me to be the line of thinking. I know you probably disagree, but the first choice of management isn't always going to be just close things to cut costs...see CoP.
     
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    I didn't realize Moana was so popular. Seems like it did ok at the box office but certainly wasn't a huge hit by Disney standards.

    I still find the talk of ruining the Tiki Room pretty nauseating but I'm over it at this point. I am way out of the target demographic that WDW now must cater (pander) to.

    edit: ok Moana did 248m domestic, that's pretty good. According to Box Office Mojo it is the #1 all time film in the "Hawaii--Travelogue" genre. o_O
     
  8. egg

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    And the Jungle Cruise, of course!

    I think they should spin the area off into The Sedimentary Section of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Formed from fragments of existing material. They could even put a smoking section there so that people can get stoned. So many opportunities.
     
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    aladdin2007 Well-Known Member

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    I watched the stitch tiki room from tokyo online, and over anything I wish they would go with that, stitch was adorable in the show. Of course I dont really want them to touch it at all other than bringing the fountain back etc,,,but moana? bleh.
     
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    Smoking section + giant turkey leg cart = :greedy::greedy::greedy::greedy::greedy::greedy::greedy::greedy:
     
  11. Stitch_Fan_NJ

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    Please don't flame me if this was stated in this thread already but if Disney wanted to "energize" the show I think they need to bring in guest interaction i.e. Turtle Talk w/ Crush & Laugh Floor.
     
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  12. GoofGoof

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    They could go that direction. They just need to decide is the attraction more about "nostalgia" or more about appealing to today's kids. The general appeal to a lot of park fans is that the original dates back to Walt. Making it more modern could destroy that nostalgia but could make for a better overall show.
     
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    I for one welcome The Heihei Hut
     
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    I think they need to find a balance. Keep some of the tiki birds original and add a newer AA that can interact with guests. Not sure how it could be tied together but Disney could do it.
     
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    It's quite popular with kids and families, as shown by the line for the M&G at MNSSHP. Better story and even soundtrack than Frozen IMO. It's a little early to determine staying power, so it might be a slight risk to base an attraction around. That's why I could see them choosing an overlay here that would keep most of what is already there.
     
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    Another example of complete originality being forced into an IP tie-in.
     
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    Unfortunately, I agree that this is probably a common reaction. I have strong positive nostalgic feelings for the Tiki Room since I saw it many times as a kid in the '80s and '90s and always loved it. However, when my kids, wife and in-laws all saw it for the first time with me a few months ago, it was a complete and total thud with *all* of them. That was three generations of first time watchers ranging from 7-years old to 63-years old that didn't care for the Tiki Room at all, so this couldn't even be blamed on the supposed short-attention spans of today's youth. It was literally the only attraction at the Magic Kingdom where my own personal nostalgia was completely at odds with the experience of everyone else with me (unlike other classic rides which were still hits with them, such as It's a Small World and Haunted Mansion). When an attraction is only surviving because of pure nostalgia of memories of people from over 25 years ago and nothing else on the merits, then it's understandable that it may not be long for this world. It pains me to say that the Tiki Room looks like it's in that category.
     
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    You know what? I thinketh of the perfectest idealistic replacementeth... (dare I say?).....

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    Moana? Oh well. I guess I better get off my butt and see the movie so I'll have a hint to what's going on when the show reopens.
     
  20. TROR

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    Don't @ me but the Tiki Room isn't that great of a show and if they want to use that space for something better at WDW, then they should go for it. However, just placing IPs into it isn't going to be using that space better or offer anything of real value.

    Also the Disneyland one should never be touched as it's the one with true history to it.
     

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