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    Disneyland sets reopening date for Adventureland Treehouse
    • October 25, 2023

    Work is finally finished on the transformation of Tarzan’s Treehouse into the what’s-old-is-new-again Adventureland Treehouse that has taken twice as long to complete as the original creation of Disneyland.

    Disneyland will reopen the Adventureland Treehouse inspired by Walt Disney’s “Swiss Family Robinson” on Nov. 10 after a refurbishment project that has stretched for more than two years.

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    The new Adventureland Treehouse pays tribute to Disneyland’s original Swiss Family Treehouse while also serving as a tie-in to a new Swiss Family Robinson television show in the works for the Disney+ streaming service.

    A family of five who possess magical and unique gifts that help them survive life in the jungle will soon be moving into the Adventureland Treehouse once work is complete on their new home, according to the backstory created for the rethemed Disneyland attraction.

    The family uses objects found in the jungle to collaborate together while also pursuing their own individual passions and interests, according to the backstory created by Walt Disney Imagineering.

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    The treetop home’s iconic water wheel pulley system with bamboo buckets powered by a small nearby brook generates the energy needed to run the family’s gadgets and inventions.

    The chef father has built a ground floor kitchen and dining room where meals cook themselves and “magical water” cools an ice box. The father’s studio displays hand-made gadgets and inventions for exploring the jungle along with sketches and paintings of each of the treehouse rooms.


    Concept art of the Adventureland Treehouse coming to Disneyland. (Disney)

    The musical mother has a player organ in her room that plays “Swisskapolka” in an homage to Disneyland’s original Swiss Family Treehouse. The music den is filled with a harp, lute, guitar and other musical instruments she uses to entertain the family.

    The teenage daughter is an astronomer and astrologer whose room near the top of the treehouse is filled with diagrams of the solar system and models of the universe. She tracks the stars, planets and comets with her telescope and charts her discoveries in her notebooks and sketchbooks.

    An abstract illustration of the astronomers loft in the Adventureland Treehouse at Disneyland. (Disneyland)

    The naturalist twin sons — one an animal lover and the other a plant lover — share a room filled with monkeys, toucans and man-eating plants.

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    The Disneyland treehouse in the boughs of an 80-foot-tall manmade tree has changed ownership a few times over the past six decades.

    The original Swiss Family Treehouse based on the 1960 Disney film opened at Disneyland in 1962. The Adventureland attraction was rethemed in 1999 as Tarzan’s Treehouse based on the Disney animated film from the same year about a boy raised by apes.

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    Tarzan’s Treehouse closed in September 2021 — meaning the two-year refurbishment project has taken twice as long as the yearlong construction of Disneyland that was completed in 1955.

    Disneyland announced plans in 2022 for a rethemed version of the attraction that would be once again inspired by the “Swiss Family Robinson” novel written by Johann David Wyss in 1812.

    The 150-ton evergreen with 6,000 vinyl leaves even has its own tree species name — Disneydendron semperflorens grandis.

    ​ Orange County Register