Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room Tangaroa Lamp
ENCHANTED TIKI ROOM STAINED GLASS LAMP
Disneyland 50th Anniversary Commemorative
Designed and Sculpted by Jody Daily and Kevin Kidney
Glass, Resin, and Metal.
Released in Summer 2005. Limited Edition of 500.
“Oh Mystic Powers, hear my call: from my limbs let new life fall!”
Tangaroa, the Father of all Tiki Gods and Goddesses, stands in the form of a mighty tree at the entrance to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. As he speaks his magical verse, new life comes forth “in wondrous way” as a happy crop of tiny wooden tikis drop from the flowering blooms on his branches. Imagineer Rolly Crump, who conjured up this deity back in 1962, referred to the mythology of various Pacific islands in creating the humorous tiki characters who populate Adventureland’s tropical paradise. The resulting designs and personalities are grounded in Polynesian folklore, but are pure Disney creations.
Jody's original design called for each glass flower to be individually turned on or off by tugging on the baby tikis hanging from chains. It seemed like a plausible idea, until we discovered that the required switches would have made each branch about twice as fat in order to hide them. This would have looked horrible, and might even have angered the gods, themselves. So a drum-like knob was added to the back of the tree base instead. Jody and I sculpted the baby tikis out of wax one afternoon while in China.
We get asked about this item by collectors more often than just about any other item. Too bad only 500 were made. We have several friends who bought more than one!