Adventureland (Disney)

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Adventureland at Disneyland
Status Operating
Opening date July 17, 1955
Magic Kingdom
Status Operating
Opening date October 1, 1971
Tokyo Disneyland
Status Operating
Opening date April 15, 1983
Disneyland Park (Paris)
Status Operating
Opening date April 12, 1992
Hong Kong Disneyland
Status Operating
Opening date September 12, 2005
Shanghai Disneyland Park
Status Under construction
Opening date Early 2016[1]
General Statistics
Theme Remote jungles of Asia, Africa, South America, and the South Pacific

Adventureland is one of the "themed lands" at the many Disneyland-style theme parks run by the Walt Disney Company around the world. It is themed to resemble the remote jungles in Africa, Asia, South America, and the South Pacific. "To create a land that would make this dream reality", said Walt Disney, "we pictured ourselves far from civilization, in the remote jungles of Asia and Africa."

Adventureland provides a 1950s view of exotic adventure, capitalizing on the post-war Tiki craze. Lush vegetation resembles jungles while elements of the "other" surround the visitor. Tribal performance masks, conga drums, non-American totem poles, exotic animal statues, and architecture of Pacific influence make for a confined area wherein industry and technology take a back seat to uncharted nature.[2] Noted art historian David T. Doris explains Adventureland as, "a pastiche of imaginary colonial spaces, conflated within the green and foliate milieu of 'the Jungle.'"[3]


Disneyland's Adventureland was originally envisioned as True-Life Adventureland, and was to be based on Walt's famous award winning nature documentaries on Africa and Asia. The land was originally supposed to have real animals from Africa to inhabit a jungle river, but after zoologists told Walt the real animals would lie around or hide, the imagineers built mechanical animals instead. Adventureland opened with the Jungle Cruise as its star attraction, until the Swiss Family Treehouse was added years later. With the groundbreaking technology of audio animatronics Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room was added nearby the land's entry bridge. Oceanic Arts also created the series of tribal masks that now line the entry bridge.[4]

Many years later Indiana Jones Adventure was added with the expansion of Adventureland and gave the entire land a 1930s theme, which concurs with the setting created by the rustic boats of the Jungle Cruise and its DJ Albert Awol who plays big band music from the 1930s. The Swiss Family Treehouse was redone and made Tarzan's Treehouse and Adventureland has remained the same since, until 2008 with the summer event, Indiana Jones Summer of Hidden Mysteries.

Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Former attractions and entertainment[edit]

  • Swiss Family Treehouse (1962–1999)
  • Big Game Safari Shooting Gallery (1962–1982)
  • Aladdin's Oasis Dinner Show (1993–1997)

Restaurants and refreshments[edit]

  • Bengal Barbecue
  • Tiki Juice Bar
  • Tropical Imports

Former Restaurants and refreshments[edit]


  • Adventureland Bazaar
  • South Seas Traders
  • Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost
  • Tropical Imports

Magic Kingdom[edit]

Adventureland at Magic Kingdom

The Adventureland here is divided into two main sub-areas, one being the Arabian Village and the other one being Caribbean Plaza, which is home to Pirates of the Caribbean. The original Polynesian motif is still visible with the prominence of jungle surrounding the Swiss Family Treehouse and Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. The 1930s adventurer/explorer vibe is clear with the background music heard over loud projecting speakers recently installed throughout Adventureland with a different vibe than that of Disneyland's, but with similar Big Band music and witty announcements. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction is unique to this version of Adventureland, based on New Orleans Square at Disneyland, which features Pirates of the Caribbean. Main Street, U.S.A.'s and Liberty Square's buildings fade into New Orleans.

Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Former attractions and entertainment[edit]

Restaurants and refreshments[edit]

  • Aloha Isle
  • Tortuga Tavern (formerly El Pirata Y El Perico Restaurante)
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace


  • Agrabah Bazaar
  • Island Supply
  • Pirate's Bazaar

Tokyo Disneyland[edit]

Adventureland at Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland's Adventureland is a mish-mash of the various Adventureland interpretations. It features a unique ride - Western River Railroad - and a different version of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, minus the Walt Disney tag, with a more Hawaiian feel. It features a sub-land, similar to the Magic Kingdom Adventureland, based on New Orleans Square at Disneyland, which features Pirates of the Caribbean. World Bazaar's buildings fade into New Orleans.

Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Former attractions and entertainment[edit]

Restaurants and refreshments[edit]

  • Royal Street Veranda
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant
  • Café Orleans
  • The Gazebo
  • Crystal Palace Restaurant
  • Polynesian Terrace Restaurant
  • Parkside Wagon
  • Boiler Room Bites
  • China Voyager
  • Squeezer's Tropical Juice Bar
  • Fresh Fruit Oasis
  • The Skipper's Galley


  • The Golden Galleon
  • Pirate Treasure
  • Cristal Arts
  • La Petite Parfumerie
  • Party Gras Gift
  • Chiba Traders - Arts and Crafts
  • Safari Trading Company
  • Tiki Tropic Shop
  • Adventureland Bazaar
  • Le Marché Bleu

Disneyland Park (Paris)[edit]

The European Adventureland contains more heavy Indian and Moroccan influences. It features four themed areas :

  • The first, known as Adventureland Bazar, is a recreation of an oriental city from the 1001 Arabian Nights, presumably Agrabah from the Disney movie Aladdin (Imagineers were designing the entrance area of this Adventureland while the film was in production). In 1993, the attraction Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin opened in this very area. The concept of this city eventually reached overseas resorts.
  • The second part of Adventureland has a more African appearance, and is mainly composed of shops and restaurants (like the Hakuna Matata Restaurant).
  • A third themed area represents Asian mysterious jungles. Themed to explorers.
  • The last part, and the biggest, is a Caribbean area, covering most of the surface of Adventureland. It features the ride Pirates of the Caribbean and Adventure Isle, a Tom Sawyer Island-like walkthrough spot, with some attractions like Swiss Family Treehouse or Captain Hook's Pirate Ship.

This Adventureland presented some construction problems, mainly due to the unsuitable local climate. Growing exotic jungles in a place where winters could be harsh was a tough task. This is also the reason why there is no Jungle Cruise ride, since most animatronics animals would have been exposed to this weather. However, abandoned ideas intended to build an adequate ride under a glass roof, but that never came true.

There is no Tiki Room attraction either, although the Explorers Club Restaurant (now Colonel Hathi's Outpost) features animatronics birds that used to sing.

Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Former attractions and entertainment[edit]

  • Adventureland Rhythms of the Jungle
  • Aladdin’s Magic Lamp
  • Following the Leader with Peter Pan
  • Make a Wish - Peter Pan to the Rescue

Restaurants and refreshments[edit]

Former restaurants and refreshments[edit]

  • Les Epices Enchantées (1992–1995)
  • Explorers Club (1992–1995)
  • The Bazar (1992–1999)


  • Les Trésors de Shéhérazade (Shahrazade's Treasures)
  • La Girafe Curieuse (The Curious Giraffe)
  • Temple Traders Boutique
  • Le Coffre du Capitaine (The Captain's Chest)

Hong Kong Disneyland[edit]

Adventureland at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland's Adventureland is the biggest among all Disney parks and features a large island area home to Tarzan's Treehouse, which is circled by the Jungle Cruise, not much like the Rivers of America in most Magic Kingdom–style parks' Adventureland area. It is also home to the "Festival of the Lion King" show.

In early May to August 2007, the land was converted into Pirateland, in conjunction with the release of the film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

The outer edge of the land was under construction from early May to September 2008, adjacent to Festival of The Lion King. A temporary structure was built for Demon Jungle, an exclusive attraction for the 2008–2010 Halloween seasons, and transformed to The Revenge of the Headless Horseman for the 2011–2014 Halloween seasons; it is now home to introduced its all-new “Black Box” space, a flexible event venue that can cater to different scales of entertainment and shows. By incorporating world-class theatrical equipment, the venue offers amazing potential for conceiving and delivering immersive experiences. The space measures a total of 15,000 square feet and can entertain special small or large-scale events, ranging from one day to a whole seasonal period. Another advantage of the space is that new and upcoming Disney stories can be brought to life in a short time. The “Frozen” Village (2015), with a thrilling ice slide and show area offering special snow effects, all under one roof, provides a compelling example of what can be created in this flexible and creative venue.

Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Former attractions and entertainment[edit]

Restaurants and refreshments[edit]

  • Outdoor vending cart
  • River View Cafe
  • Safari Snacks
  • Tahitian Terrace


  • Merchandise carts
  • Professor Porter's Trading Post

Shanghai Disneyland Park[edit]

Shanghai Disneyland Park will feature an area similar to the "Adventurelands" found at other Disney parks, named Adventure Isle. Just like "Adventureland" at Disneyland Paris, "Adventure Isle" will not include a Jungle Cruise attraction, and will instead feature a Dinosaur themed rapids attraction named "Roaring Rapids", and "Soarin' Over The Horizon"

Future Attractions & Entertainment[edit]

  • Camp Discovery - a place where adventurers of all ages and abilities will gather to explore waterfalls, ruins and dig sites in search of ancient tribal relics. They may explore natural wonders and ancient legends, trek past waterfalls and discover tribal ruins in an elevated ropes course created specifically for this land. Guests will be able to choose their own expeditions at Camp Discovery, with some opting for the thrilling natural wonders of Roaring Mountain and others choosing to see the views and become immersed in science, nature, and history.
  • Roaring Rapids — It will take guests on a white-knuckle adventure through the heart of Adventure Isle. Riding a raft propelled only by gravity and water, anything can happen as guests plunge down a mountain and into a dark cavern where the undiscovered secrets of an ancient tribal legend and the reptilian creature Q’aráq are revealed. Only those who venture into the mountain will encounter the massive, mysterious Q’aráq.
  • Soaring over the Horizon - a new version of the popular "Soarin' Over California" attraction featured at US Disney parks. It will take travelers on a voyage of discovery that tours every continent. Starting from an ancient observatory nestled in the cloud forest, guests will soar and explore spectacular scenic wonders, with special segments for guests of Shanghai Disneyland overlooking Shanghai and The Great Wall of China. An ideal attraction for the entire family, it offers an original story, a new walk-through experience and a new aerial tour. The attraction is an epic re-mastering of the popular attraction at Disney California Adventure, in the United States.
  • “Tarzan: Call of the Jungle” — an original production starring Tarzan and his friends, included as part of the entertainment at Shanghai DIsneyland. It’s a high-energy, musical retelling of the boy who was raised by apes to become King of the Jungle. Featuring the iconic score from the animated Disney feature film, Tarzan, the stage show is a fusion of theatrics, Chinese acrobatics and a rock concert. It will be performed at Storyhouse Stage, a center of song, art, and dance.

Future Restaurants & Refreshments[edit]

  • Tribal Table - a festive, art-filled restaurant, invites guests to come together for an appetizing meal in a sensory dining experience. Sights, sounds and smells will whet the appetite as guests enjoy the action of live cooking with fiery woks and rotisseries. This ancient gathering house in the Arbori village is the native heart and soul of the land, offering vivid flavors, a friendly atmosphere and beautiful artwork. The murals, artifacts and illustrations will dazzle visitors with scenes from a rich native culture.

In popular culture[edit]

In the Epic Mickey series, Wasteland's version of Adventureland is Ventureland. Its main elements is the movie Peter Pan and the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.


  1. ^ "Disneyland Shanghai to open 2016". 
  2. ^ Minnick, Nathaniel. "Disney's Lands in the History of Colonial Displays of the Exotic" (University of Michigan, 2006)
  3. ^ Doris, David T., "It's the Truth, It's Actual: Kodak Photo Spots At Walt Disney World." Visual Resources Vol XIV pp. 321-338. 1999
  4. ^ Jim Fanning (2009). Disneyland Challenge. Disney Editions. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-4231-0675-3.