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Juan and Uti
Juan the Barker Bird
Background information
Feature films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators
Voice Wally Boag
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration Carnival barkers
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality
Appearance
Birthday
Occupation Barker for the Enchanted Tiki Room
Affiliations
Goal To drum up business for the Tiki Room
Home
Relatives José (cousin)
Pets
Allies
Minions
Enemies
Likes
Dislikes
Powers and abilities
Weapons
Fate
Quote "Buenos días señores and señoritas. How do you do down there? Aloha. *squawk*. It's show-time now in Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. Hurry hurry to the tiki room, tikis make jungle boom. Magic is happening, all the birds and flowers sing"

This article is about the character from Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. For the character of the same name from Pirates of the Caribbean, see Barker Bird.

Juan the Barker Bird is a character from Tropical Serenade/Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.

History[]

Background[]

Juan was one of the enchanted macaws of the Tiki Room and a cousin of the performer bird José; both of them had Mexican accents. While José hosted and performed in the Tiki Room, Juan worked to drum up business for their show by perching outside the Tiki Room to invite in would-be guests.

Development History[]

Built as audiences in 1963 didn't understand what an audio-animatronic show would be. Inspired by carnival-barkers, the imagineers used Juan as a depiction of what to expect in the show as he promoted the attraction.

Juan was to be José's cousin due to them sharing a voice-actor in the form of Wally Boag and also having a copied audio-animatronic. Two variants of the bird existed; one a copy of José's animatronic with red plumage while the other more popular animatronic was blue. He would be dressed up to mirror a carnival-barker, being given a traditional barker's hat, cane, collar and bow-tie.

Ultimately Juan was removed due too much high traffic outside of the Enchanted Tiki Room as guests observed him, blocking the entrance/exit of Adventureland. Additionally years later in 2000, wood rot would cause the canopy of the attraction where Juan was once perched to collapse.

Appearances[]

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room[]

Perched nearby the idol of the goddess Uti in her canoe atop a canopy of the Tiki Room. Juan enticed guests to enter the Tiki Room by telling them of what would occur within the performances.

Walt Disney Story[]

The original red version of Juan would be moved to a display case at the Walt Disney Story in Main Street, U.S.A.'s opera house.

Walt Disney Family Museum[]

A replica of Juan is on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum, being used to demonstrate how audio-animatronics work as guests can use a joystick to manipulate his actions.

Trivia[]

  • The Tropical Hideaway in Disneyland features an allusion to Juan's history. At Rosita's perch, she is seen in possession of a cane and hat identical to those once owned by Juan.
  • Thanks to the success of Juan, Pirates of the Caribbean in Walt Disney World's Adventureland would feature its own Barker Bird until its removal in 2006.
  • Clyde and Claude were sorts of successors to Juan in the Magic Kingdom.

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