Walt Wednesday #24
Did you know the early concept for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room included a restaurant? This concept art by Imagineer John Hench, who was tasked with designing the attraction, illustrates his vision for the restaurant. In his book, Designing Disney, Hench explains:
“I visualized the show, the decor, and the dining area simultaneously. My proposed room was cross shaped, with four wings and a central open space. I located the service center for the tables in the central area, allowing unobstructed viewing of the show from the tables in the wings.”
Ultimately, the dining element was removed because, as Hench states, “management decided that including food service would limit the necessary audience capacity too much.”
The Magic Fountain was designed to hold dishes and supplies. The cabinets installed at the base are still there and in use today, most likely holding cleaning and repair items.
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Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".