Counting Down While Waiting in Line [Part 4]

Like death and taxes, waiting line at Disneyland is inevitable. Fortunately for us, the venerable theme park has turned the mathematical inevitably of waiting in line into an art form. It’s because of this thoughtful design that some queues rival the main attraction in areas such as story, interactivity and atmosphere. Let’s take a few moments and bask in the glory of Disney Imagineering as we explore the Top Five Places to Wait in Line at the Disneyland Resort.

Number 2: Enchanted Tiki Room

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Here you can enjoy Disneyland’s first audio-animatronic attraction inside “the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room.” This 45 year old classic revue is widely regarded as one of the must-see attractions when visiting the Park. Inside, you’ll be serenaded by birds, actual tiki carvings and flowers (that croon). Of course, the whole event is delightfully retro and capped off by a freak tropical downpour. It’s a nice diversion from the heat and a tropical blast from the past.

Why It’s In the Top Five: The ETR doesn’t follow the traditional idea many of us have about waiting in line and that is one of the attraction’s biggest assets. It’s like the full sail luxury cruise of queues. It’s shaded, highly themed, features an animatronic pre-show (with audio, fire, water and lighted effects), offers delicious tropical snacks from inside the queue and features it’s own private restrooms for those waiting to get in. Those flaming tiki torches beckon you inside and once you’re there, you’ll find an educational film about Dole pineapple followed by a pleasant animatronic presentation letting you know what all these God’s and Goddess represent. How may queues can you name that let you sit and eat frozen treats in the shade while you wait in line? How many queues have their own private restroom? How many queues are so delightfully retro-chic? None, that’s how many. The Enchanted Tiki Room is nearly perfect; which is why these birds singing words land at Number 2.

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Why It’s Not Number One: While it is almost as good as it gets, the make-shift ADA compliance issues and lack of stroller parking can sometimes overwhelm the queueing area. Also, they occasionally close the attraction and its patio during the evening fireworks/fantasmic chaos. This queue is especially charming after dark but trying to actually get to the Enchanted Tiki Room from the hub during this time is virtually impossible.

Don’t forget to check out our Number 3 pick for the Top Five Places to Wait in Line at the Disneyland Resort.

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  1. Counting Down While Waiting in Line [Part 5] | Orange County Metblogs (pingback) on August 13th, 2009 @ 7:37 am

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