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March 31, 2006

Disney Enchanted Tiki Room Merchandise

Filed under: Disney,News,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 5:08 pm
Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room Drummer God
Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Drummer God

The latest round of Enchanted Tiki Room merchandise from Disney goes on sale next Friday, April 7, at midnight (that’s late Thursday/early Friday) west coast time. The items are part of the final round of items celebrating Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary. Perhaps the most highly anticipated item is the one pictured above, a full-scale replica of the drummers that play up in the rafters of the Enchanted Tiki Room. These were cast from an actual original drummer, and the detail is amazing. I was able to see one in person a couple months ago, and the paint job is fantastic. The drum is actually a small up-light, just like the ones in the Enchanted Tiki Room. The arms are not motored, but they are moveable, so crafty types could easily figure out a way to automate them. Only 1,000 have been produced.

Also going on sale are of course the replicas of the 1964 Enchanted Tiki Room Host Shirt and Hostess Dress. (There’s a whole saga behind that dress.) I still haven’t seen the final picture of me in the dress that will be used on the DisneyShopping website, I’ll get to see it Thursday night, but they used a picture of Kevin & me together (along with Bamboo Handbag!) for an ad — you can see it, along with all the other merchandise, on DizHub.com.

The non-tiki merchandise is also fab — the Monsanto House of the Future in particular is neat (it lights up!), and Kevin Kidney designed a shirt that uses vintage Disney signage that’s sure to sell out quickly. To place an order, visit DisneyShopping.com, or call (800) 237-5751. In the past, I think the phone operators haven’t had the new merch info as quickly as the website, so be prepared to try both if you’re itching to get your items orders ASAP.

March 14, 2006

Dick Frizzell’s Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke

Filed under: Art,Australia & New Zealand,Disney,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 10:21 pm
Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke, by Dick Frizzell
Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke, by Dick Frizzell

New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell is a “renegade pop artist,” offering new perspectives of pervasive imagery. In the above piece, Mickey to Tiki Tu Meke, he creates a clever transition between two cultural icons. This lithograph is in the Christchurch Art Gallery in New Zealand; though it is not currently on display, the gallery does offer the image for sale on t-shirts, notecards and prints in its online shop.

February 11, 2006

The Great Enchanted Tiki Room Dress Story Gets Awesomer

Filed under: Disney,Los Angeles,My Travels,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 6:20 pm
Disney photo shoot
Disney photo shoot

The saga of this dress just keeps going and going. If you haven’t heard about this dress, get caught up by reading my earlier entry. Go ahead, it’ll only take a moment, and it’s a good story. I’ll wait right here.

Okay, so here’s the latest update — I got a call from Kevin Kidney, telling me about the photo shoot that Disney did for their print catalog. For the mockup version of the catalog, which is created to plan out what photos are needed, they used that picture of me in the purple dress as a placeholder. So, that picture continued to make the rounds, but the story behind the photo didn’t accompany it. As a result, the fellow in charge of designing the photo shoots for the catalog became “obsessed” with that photo — he worked as hard as he could to reproduce the whole look of the photo, the hair, the makeup, the props — it turns out he thought it was a photo from the 1960s!

They did a photo shoot at the Enchanted Tiki Room with a model who looked as much like me as they could find (though her hair turned out to be too long to do that little flip). Once Kevin & Jody saw the pictures, they said “why didn’t you just get our friend for the photo?” Once this fellow learned that I was alive — and not 70 years old — he was crushed that he hadn’t had me for his photo shoot. And he still didn’t even know that the photo with the purple dress was responsible for Disney deciding to produce it! Kevin & Jody got him all caught up on the background of the dress, that photo, and the whole story. It was too late for the print catalog, but it wasn’t too late for the online catalog (and since the dress is likely to sell out before the catalog hits anyone’s doorstep, that’s the biggie, anyhow).

So, I was asked to come down to Disney to model the green dress for them! As payment, I was given the dress to keep. Since they also now needed to take a new matching photo for the men’s shirt, Kevin was asked to step in, and he’ll likely be seen modelling for the online catalog, too. I was told they will be available on the website in late March or early April. The pictures that will appear on the website were taken separately and without props, but for fun the photographer took a few photos of us together with our mugs and vintage leis. We had such a fun time, and of course I was beyond thrilled to do it. And I’ve got a great new dress, to boot! Afterward, we went to Tiki-Ti to celebrate, and you’ve already heard how that went. It was a banner day!

February 6, 2006

Vintage Disney Views at Stuff from the Park

Filed under: Disney,History,Los Angeles,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 2:41 pm
Tahitian Terrace, from Stuff from The Park
Tahitian Terrace, from Stuff from The Park

A fellow going by Matterhorn1959 has started a really stellar new blog, called Stuff from the Park. In it, he posts vintage images from Disneyland (and sometimes other amusement parks) on a nearly daily basis. These images come from vacation slides, mostly, and date from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. In each post he presents a short blurb about the image, with a thumbnail linking to a large version of the picture. The images are gorgeous and give a remarkable view of what the park used to look like.

There are a few tiki-related images so far — two exterior views of the Tahitian Terrace from 1959 (pre-Enchanted Tiki Room), one snapshot of dancers at the Tahitian Terrace show from 1973, and one photo of a tiki and shell fountain at the Marineland of the Pacific park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

This new blog has definitely stoked my Disneyland jones — not that it takes much! Thank goodness we’re going to Disneyland this week… mmmmm, turkey leg.

January 26, 2006

The Disney Tiki Bowl That Almost Was

Filed under: Disney,History,Los Angeles,Ooga-Mooga,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 5:56 pm
Rongo Bowl design by Jody Daily
Rongo Bowl design by Jody Daily

In 2004, Disney artists Jody Daily and Kevin Kidney created a line of tiki mugs inspired by the Enchanted Tiki Room. These tiki mugs were hot sellers at Disneyland (one of them, Jody’s Pele mug, is in more Ooga-Mooga collections than any other mug). Amazingly, Kevin & Jody donated their time in designing these mugs, because they so wanted to see them get made.

Many are not aware that there was supposed to be one more mug, actually a bowl with a pedestal base. This bowl is based on the tiki Rongo, the God of Agriculture (“Me number one kite flyer!”) from the lanai pre-show. Using the original Rolly Crump tiki design as inspiration, the sketch at left was created by Disney artist Jody Daily in 2001. In 2003, Disney artist Kevin Kidney created the sculpt based on Jody’s sketch, seen below (click image for full-size version).

Rongo Bowl sculpt by Kevin Kidney
Rongo Bowl sculpt by Kevin Kidney

This design was the largest and most elaborate of the designs that Kevin & Jody produced, and it surely would have become a favorite among collectors. Sadly, this sculpt was accidentally destroyed at the factory, and none could be produced.

Heart breaking, isn’t it? This should help soften the blow: Kevin tells me that he and Jody have some new tiki mug designs coming soon to Disneyland! I don’t know yet what the designs will be, but Kevin and Jody are in my opinion the best artists at Disney, and they’re sure to be magnificent.

January 13, 2006

The Great Enchanted Tiki Room Dress Story

Filed under: Disney,News,Shopping,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 6:22 pm
Enchanted Tiki Room Dress
Enchanted Tiki Room Dress

This past summer, to celebrate the new Enchanted Tiki Room merchandise that Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily created for Disney, they were invited to do a presentation to the NFFC (that’s a huge Disney fan organization) at their big annual Disneyana convention in Anaheim. Kevin & Jody, who have a pretty darned good sense of show themselves, decided to go beyond just a simple “here’s what we’re selling” spiel, and instead developed a whole performance emceed by King Kukulele. There was singing, there was whistling, there was comedy bits. It was a smash success.

For the show, they wore their reproduction purple Enchanted Tiki Room shirts, one of the more anticipated items in the new merchandise. Kevin & Jody also happened to have the original, vintage, matching purple Enchanted Tiki Room dress; they had pressed the Powers That Be at Disney to also do a repro of the dress, and they were laughed at — their coworkers said no one would be caught dead in such a frumpy, dated dress! So, only the shirt was made.

Kevin & Jody asked me to participate in their show for the NFFC, and I got to wear their vintage Enchanted Tiki Room dress, which was a dream. We were quite a sight, all four of us in our matching purple Tiki Room prints, and after the show was over we went to Disneyland in them. It was a blast. I posted the story of this event, and the pictures from it, in a thread on Tiki Central.

Fast forward a bit — Kevin walks into the Disney offices one morning to see this picture of me EVERYWHERE.

It was on everybody’s desk, including the VP, and one of the women in the apparel group had it blown up to be a few feet tall and mounted on posterboard. You can probably imagine Kevin’s “what the…?!?” expression that morning, trying to figure out why he was seeing a picture of his weekly drinking buddy all over the place at work. He asked around to find out where everybody had gotten the picture, and discovered that someone at Disney had — totally independently from any efforts of Kevin & Jody — found that Tiki Central thread about the NFFC show, and the picture of me in that dress, and had flipped their lid! All of a sudden, they now LOVE this dress, and decided to make it.

They had already used all of the purple fabric for making the shirts. They were already underway on developing a reproduction of the vintage green version of the shirt, so they decided to make this dress in the green fabric.

So, this spring, you will be able to purchase this dress, in the same print but with a green background instead of purple, thanks to this bizarre turn of events!


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