Swiss Family Treehouse

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the attraction at Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. For the attraction at Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland, see Tarzan's Treehouse.
Swiss Family Treehouse
Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse 1.jpg
Disneyland
Area Adventureland
Status Closed
Opening date November 18, 1962
Closing date March 8, 1999
Replaced by Tarzan's Treehouse
Magic Kingdom
Area Adventureland
Status Operating
Opening date October 1, 1971
Disneyland Park (Paris)
Area Adventureland
Status Operating
Opening date April 12, 1992
Tokyo Disneyland
Area Adventureland
Status Operating
Opening date July 21, 1993
General statistics
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme Swiss Family Robinson

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 Park, 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[edit]

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][a] Disney animator Wolfgang Reitherman, who designed the treehouse for the movie, contributed.[4] At 70 feet (21 m) tall and 80 ft (24 m) 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.[5] 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.[6]

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 (18 m) tall and 90 feet (27 m) 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.

Tokyo Disneyland also has a Swiss Family Treehouse which opened in 1993, ten years after the park's debut.

Trivia[edit]

In the Disney Sing Along Songs volume Disneyland Fun, the Swiss Family Treehouse sign was seen during the song "Following the Leader".

Gallery[edit]

Note[edit]

  1. ^ Martin was one of the original team gathered to create Disneyland, and the art director of Fantasyland.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glover, Erin (November 18, 2012). "Today in Disney History: Swiss Family Tree House Opens in Disneyland Park". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  2. ^ a b Gennawey, Sam (2013). The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream. Keen Communications. p. 219-220. ISBN 978-1-62809-013-0. 
  3. ^ "Bill Martin". D23. Disney Legends. Retrieved 2015-02-28. 
  4. ^ Mosley, Leonard (1990). Disney's World. Scarborough House. p. 266. ISBN 978-1-58979-656-0. 
  5. ^ Philips, Deborah (2012). Fairground Attractions: A Genealogy of the Pleasure Ground. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 184. ISBN 978-1-84966-667-1. 
  6. ^ Weiss, Werner (January 6, 2015). "Swiss Family Treehouse". Retrieved 2015-02-28. 

External links[edit]