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Swiss Family Treehouse is an attraction that features at several Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The remaining versions based on the original are located at Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and at Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris. The walk-through attraction is centered on a giant treehouse where everyone can hear and see various scenes based on the Disney film Swiss Family Robinson.

History

The Swiss Family Treehouse opened November 18, 1962, in Adventureland at Disneyland,[1] two years after the Disney film Swiss Family Robinson (1960). Imagineer Bill Martin worked out the treehouse's design;[2]he was one of the original team gathered to create Disneyland, and the art director of Fantasyland. Disney animator Wolfgang Reitherman, who designed the treehouse for the movie, contributed.[3] At 70 feet tall and 80 feet wide, constructed of concrete and reinforced steel, the attraction weighed 150 tons.[2]John Mills, who played Father Robinson in the movie, and his daughter Hayley appeared at the attraction's opening.[4] The attraction was a walk-through rather than a ride, in which visitors walked up steps in the trunk of the tree through various "rooms" designed on the theme of the movie, with items and structures made to appear salvaged from a 19th-century shipwreck and desert island finds. When it opened, the attraction required a C ticket.[5] The attraction originally opened with reddish-brown leaves. However, the red leaves faded very easily in the sun and were eventually switched to green leaves sometime during the early 1960s.

In March 1999, the original attraction at Disneyland was closed. Refurbished and remodeled on a new theme, it reopened in June the same year as Tarzan's Treehouse.

When the Magic Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1971, the Swiss Family Treehouse was one of the original attractions of Adventureland. The tree, while intended to look real, is actually made up of steel, concrete, and stucco, stretching 60 feet tall and 90 feet wide.

Similarly, when Euro Disneyland (now Disneyland Park) opened on April 12, 1992, it featured a version of the attraction located in Adventureland, named La Cabane des Robinson. It is integrated as part of the Adventure Isle area.

Tokyo Disneyland also has a Swiss Family Treehouse which opened in 1993, ten years after the park's debut. It serves as the centerpiece of Coral Landing, a shipwreck town subarea inspired by Typhoon Lagoon.

On March 12, 2021, Magic Kingdom reopened after being temporarily closed due to COVID-19 outbreak's impact on Florida. As such, Magic Kingdom announced that the original version of this attraction would be closed for refurbishment until March 25, in time for Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary celebration.

Trivia

  • Disney has given the artificial tree species that houses the treehouse a scientific name, Disneyodendron semperflorens grandis. This means "large, always blooming Disney tree". The Magic Kingdom's Treehouse tree is known as Disneyodendron eximus or "Out of the Ordinary Disney tree".
  • Tales from Adventureland: The Golden Paw references the Treehouse when the heroes stumble upon an empty treehouse base of the evil Collective. However, this tree's scientific name is given as Yesniddendron semperflorens grandis to mask the obvious Disney connection of the original name.
    • Yesnid is still in reference to the name as it is an anagram for Disney.
  • In the Disney Sing Along Songs volume Disneyland Fun, the Swiss Family Treehouse sign was seen during the song "Following the Leader".
  • A loose depiction of the Treehouse appears in Epic Mickey's Ventureland

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Media
Swiss Family RobinsonEscape to Paradize/Water BirdsLittle Golden BookVideoBeverly Hills Family Robinson
Disney Parks
Swiss Family Treehouse
Characters
Swiss Family Robinson: Father RobinsonMother RobinsonFritz RobinsonErnst RobinsonFrancis RobinsonDuke and TurkRobertaCaptain MorelandCaptain WilhelmKualaPiratesRockyLightningClementineDuchessTiger


Beverly Hills Family Robinson: Doug RobinsonMarsha RobinsonJane RobinsonRoger RobinsonDiggerPirates

Locations
Swiss Family TreehouseNew Switzerland
Vehicles
TitusRaftSailboatPirate ShipBritish Ship
Songs
My Heart Was An Island
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