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Disneyland is 20th Century Tiki Paradise

When you think about Disneyland, images of Micky and Minnie Mouse (I had breakfast with her yesterday) and the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. When you consider when these attractions were built, you’d probably guess the 1950s. Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955.

Many of the old 1950s structures have been lost. The Disneyland Hotel ,a great mid-century modern landmark, was destroyed a few years ago, and the Enchanted Tiki Garden was remodeled, with most of the original garden monuments replaced last year.

This doesn’t mean that the mid-twentieth century flare has been lost; the place still has the mid-century Polynesian theme, mid-century Polynesian signs and mid-century tikis.

Tikis became popular in the 1950s, an accessory that added fun to the era’s otherwise minimalist-streamlined structural styles. They made a comeback around 2000 is still a very popular style with or without mid-century modern themes.

While tikis are not text per se, they do offer great spirituality and have complex meanings. In Polynesian mythology, tiki is the symbol for the first human being on Earth. They also are gods that represent war, agriculture and the sea to name a few. Tikis are still used today for spiritual practices.

You can learn more about tikis in the book Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America.

Taken collectively, the Disneyland’s tiki collection is one of the best I’ve every seen. Here’s a sample of Tikis that reside in Disneyland.

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