by Brandon Butler
The mystery of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room’s Rosita 3/26/2021

On Twitter, @cabel asks:

Friends… have we solved a theme park mystery? Do we now know What Happened To Rosita?

Ok, let me back up.

In Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, José drops this infamous line, and it has haunted me, and many others, forever.

Cabel includes a clip of the introduction to the song “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing”, when Pierre is introducing the ladies above the fountain, and names each one. Then José makes a comment about Rosita:

Let’s be honest. This “joke” makes no sense. After naming a bunch of fancy birds, José blurts out “I wonder what happened to Rosita?”

I often wondered if learning the meaning of the joke would make me cringe (a bit like José’s accent). It didn’t add up. It was clearly SOMETHING.

I think he solved the mystery, but it’s bittersweet.