There’s something about Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room that I love–be it the music, the whimsy, the kitsch, or just the Dole Whip and air-conditioning–but it also remains an important piece of entertainment history. It was the proof-of-concept for all of Disney’s Audio-Animatronic attractions, including those for the theme parks and the World’s Fair exhibitions. Over the years, some of these characters have ended up in rough shape, but Kevin Kidney takes the ones he can and documents the process of restoring them to their former glory.
For several years I’ve had the great fun of “figure finishing” some of Disney’s historic Audio-Animatronic characters, both internally for the Disney Company and for private collections.
I can’t think of a much better way to close the summer than an open-air concert at the world famous Hollywood Bowl featuring the incomparable John Williams.