Only women used to work in The Enchanted Tiki Room.
In case any of you young whippersnappers wondered why Jose says “buenos dias senorita.” Men didn’t start working in the Tiki Room (and Storybook Land) until the mid 90s, at the same time that women were first able to become Jungle Cruise skippers.
“Walt said [to Imagineer John Hench], ‘I want to do a little Tiki Room. I just want a little Tiki-Tiki Room for over in Adventureland. We’re redoing Adventureland.’
Walt took one look at [Hench’s concept art for a restaurant] and said, ‘John, you’ve got birds in there.’ Hench said, ‘Yeah,’ and Walt said, ‘Well, you can’t have birds in there, they’re going to poop in the food!’ Yeah, he really said that.
Hench explained that they were not real birds, but stuffed birds, but Walt immediately replied, ‘Disney does not stuff birds.’
Hench replied, ‘No, no, no. They’re little mechanical birds that cheep.’
Walt said, ‘Well, maybe they can cheep and cavort with each other.’
And that’s how we started the Tiki Room. Then all of a sudden we started to develop the works of these little guys and the sounds and everything. So all of a sudden that was in production.”
— Rolly Crump, Imagineer
Main Street Window - Roland F. Crump (Dec. 28, 2011)
Just incase you didn’t know, the second and third story windows on Main Street contain the names of people instrumental in the creation and continued development of Disneyland.
Roland “Rolly” Crump is well known for his hand in The Haunted Mansion, The Enchanted Tiki Room, and It’s a Small World’s famous clock tower. His sketches are featured on the tarot cards - from left to right: Tiki God sketch, Tower of the Four Winds, and Museum of the Weird (which was never built) coffin clock concept.