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An Early Script for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

This script shows an early attempt at the Enchanted Tiki Room, hosted by one José Carioca!

On June 23rd, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room celebrated its 50th anniversary. Walt’s original Audio-Animatronics® spectacle, the tropical serenade has delighted guests for five decades–first at Disneyland, and then at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disneyland.

These script pages, dated December 16, 1962, show an early version of the show’s four hosts—or “macaudios”, as they’re described here. Much of the show’s dialogue and gags were written by Disney Legend Wally Boag, who also contributed the voice of José the parrot. In fact, in this version of the script José introduces himself as José Carioca, a name shared with the Brazilian feathered star of Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros.

Enjoy this look back at the development of the “world of joyous songs and wondrous miracles” that has enchanted us all for 50 years.