It all started with…a bird! The Enchanted Tiki Room at California’s Disneyland Park was inspired not by the world’s most famous mouse, but by a robotic toy bird. Walt Disney and his crew designed an entire attraction around a tiny toy, and it has come to be a timeless fan-favorite literally around the globe.
Tokyo Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room takes Walt’s inspiration and throws in an alien twist. Here in this lush tropical garden where the Polynesian gods gather, four Hawaiian songbirds sing their favorite melodies. But as soon as they begin, strange things start to happen. Do their tunes displease the gods?
Posters around the building hint at what’s amiss. It seems someone—or something—has tracked suspicious blue footprints all over, and there are posters pleading with Guests to be on the lookout Lilo’s missing pet. Where on earth could Stitch have gone? Perhaps the video below will solve the mystery!
Since aliens are a rather taboo subject and are rather difficult to research, today take time to investigate birds of the South Pacific.
Some common tropical avian species include parrots and lorikeets, terns, gulls, cuckoos, and kingfishers, among others. Choose a particular bird to study. Determine its range of habitat, its primary food, its mating habits, its plumage, its communication methods, and more. Research anatomy, wing design, and feather composition. Discuss the pros and cons of its beak structure, the purpose of its coloration, and why it lives where it does.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Biology
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary