The Liki Tikis first appeared in the Magic Kingdom in 1971 as an unnamed photo opportunity area with a group of oversized wooden Tiki-styled pate drums designed by Imagineer Marc Davis. These tikis were originally placed near the Jungle Cruise river, but were moved around 1973 by the top of the stairs leading down to the Jungle Cruise dock. In the 1990s, these drums would be replaced by fiberglass replicas that would occasionally spray water and mist, becoming informally known as the Liki Tikis.
These new Liki Tikis would be replicated for Hong Kong Disneyland and with the very small opening line-up, would receive attraction billing on the maps and website. With the park's design being based around feng shui, the Liki Tikis provided a necessary water feature.
Hong Kong Disneyland Summary
Make the way inside a sacred gathering of towering totems and stand beneath the weathered, wooden faces of a primeval culture. As the drumming of the Ancients echoes amid an ethereal fog, look out—those mischievous tiki gods are known to pump water at all who enter when they least expect it!
Located across from Jungle River Cruise, Liki Tikis is a Polynesian-inspired water-play area for adults and kids looking to relax, refresh and enjoy a break from the excitement of Adventureland. Across from Liki Tikis is an area filled with tribal drums where guests invited to pound out your own boisterous beats.