The Anaheim, Calif., Disneyland Park's new treehouse will pay tribute to Disney’s “Swiss Family Robinson” original treehouse that Disney “Imagineers” built for the park in 1962 prior to its Tarzan-themed makeover in 1999 in honor of Disney’s animated film detailing a young boy raised by apes. (Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort)
After a nearly two-year refurbishment, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is reopening its Adventureland Treehouse—previously Tarzan’s Treehouse—this fall.
According to a recent announcement on the Disney Parks blog, a family, which possesses “magical and unique gifts” that help them survive life in the jungle will soon be moving into the treehouse once work is complete.
The treehouse, located next to the park’s Indiana Jones ride, will have newly re-themed rooms where kids can climb rope stairways and other giant branch bridges between them.
The new treehouse will pay tribute to Disney’s “Swiss Family Robinson” original treehouse that Disney “Imagineers” built for the park in 1962 prior to its Tarzan-themed makeover in 1999 in honor of Disney’s animated film detailing a young boy raised by apes.
According to a recent story
in the Orange County Register, the scaffolding and tarps covering the 80-foot-tall man made treehouse—which obscured the structure from public viewing for view the last two years—have been removed and the company is now tinkering with the structure’s new water wheel system.
As finishing touches are completed, many anticipate the treehouse’s final reveal and opening date, which has not yet been announced by park officials.
“The treehouse is all but done,” bloggers from the Disney fan-run blog known as MiceChat
wrote. “There is just some fine-tuning going on with the water wheel system and then they’ll hopefully be able to announce an opening date.”
The re-themed treehouse also serves as a tie-in to a new Swiss Family Robinson television show in the works for the Disney+ streaming service, according to Disney park officials.
The story outlines a family of five. Each has “magical and unique gifts” that help them survive life in the jungle, which in turn have inspired each of the treehouse’s new magical-themed rooms.
Among such rooms is the teenage daughter’s, located near the top of the treehouse which will showcase her passion for astronomy including diagrams of the stars and models of the universe.
The music-loving mother’s room will feature a den filled with an organ, harp, and other string instruments interwoven with bookshelves and intricate rugs, according to concept art
on the Disney Parks blog.
The Adventureland Treehouse inspired by Walt Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson will return in 2023 at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., including rooms that the family in this new story created for one another, including the mother’s music den, as depicted in this concept art. (Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort)
The father, known for his culinary masterpieces, has a kitchen where meals cook themselves also equipped with “magical water” fed by a wheel that keeps their refrigerator-style icebox cool.
Visitors to the new treehouse can also expect a nature-themed animal and plant room, inspired by the family’s twin boys and their affinity for such including man-eating plants, monkeys, toucans, and more.
The Swiss Family Robinson treehouse and the upcoming Disney Plus TV show were inspired by a novel written by Johann David Wyss in 1812.