One: The ability to wake up Jose at the beginning of the show.
Isn't this more interactive the Haunted Mansion queue?
Two: The Company's long history with all things "Tiki."
Sure, I mentioned that average park guests couldn't care less about park history. But if there is anything that the company wants, its continuity with its product. The birds have the same carefree feel as the Polynesian resort, or say, Annette.
"Tiki" is one of the five tropes of the Disney company.
Three: The destruction of attraction theme songs has to stop somewhere: (soon)
RIP Old Friends:
Four: What else are you going to do with the space?
The space where the Tiki Birds are is roughly the size of the Flying Carpets attraction. Though that attraction adds a lot to the atmosphere of the land it is hardly innovative, even for an off the shelf carnival ride. (yes, the spitting camels are nice.) The only other options would be a very small store (which there already is on the other side of the carpets), a small counter service restaurant (which there is one next door), or a diversion style attraction (we already have Shrunken Neds Junior Jungle Boats.)
Basically Adventureland has everything it needs already.
What else could go here? Nothing.
Five: Jose, Pierre, Michael, Fritz,
Iago, and Zazu.
Rarely are popular movie characters TAKEN OUT of attractions. Imagineers are smart enough to look at an important old attraction, and realize that the bastardized version just wasn't working. The gravity of this decision is amazing and opens up a million opportunities for park improvement. Maybe, just maybe, we can say goodbye to Stitch in Tomorrowland? (I could see this happening in the next few years.) I take this as an act of humility on the part of the company...a rare and beautiful sight.
This wasn't supposed to be a real blog post....but I love the Tiki Birds very much. I am super excited to see the new refurbed version in a few weeks. I hope this attraction is around for a very long time...otherwise I might have to chain myself to it. Dolewhip in hand.