Magic Kingdom’s Swiss Family Treehouse

by All Things Mouse Staff on January 15, 2010
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Located in Adventureland is one of Walt Disney World’s original attractions from when it opened in 1971, the Swiss Family Treehouse.

The treehouse was taken from the 1960 Disney movie Swiss Family Robinson. The story centers around an 1800’s family that has been shipwrecked together on a deserted tropical island. The movie featured John Mills, Dorothy McGuire and Sessue Hayakawa.

Utilizing salvage they retrieved from their shipwreck as well as what they could find on the island, the family eventually builds a treehouse in order to protect themselves. Surprisingly, the new dwelling is adorned with several modern conveniences like “running” water, fans and even an organ that still works.

The Magic Kingdom’s version of the tree is made of steel and concrete, but park guests would be hard pressed to figure that out. All was done very creatively and appears quite natural, although you do not come across too many trees that are 60 feet tall, 90 feet wide, and have a walkway running throughout its many levels.

Guests enter the attraction and start ascending the structure to catch glimpses of the different rooms that the Swiss family created. Along the way, you are also treated to some nice elevated views of other parts of the Magic Kingdom.

The Disney movie was based on a book by Johann Wyss which he wrote with the help of his family. After the success of the film, Disney put the first Swiss Family Treehouse in Disneyland. That treehouse has since been converted to tie-in with a more recent Disney release, Tarzan. Versions of the original treehouse can also be seen at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.

To get an idea of what the Swiss Family Treehouse is all about, check out the video above (thanks to assago944 for providing it).

Walt Disney World Official 2015 Birnbaum's Guidebook

Walt Disney World Official 2015 Birnbaum’s Guidebook

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