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Have you seen the newly refurbished Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse?
I love this treehouse. This is not a ride, but a walk-through. Maybe this is why so many people pass it up. So many guests miss out on the good stuff because they are rushing to ride the big popular attractions and they end up missing out on its experience.
This attraction is based on the 1960s live action Disney movie. “The Swiss Family Robinson” is a book about a loving family that gets shipwrecked on a deserted island. The family ended up building a life and finding happiness. It is a cute but often overlooked attraction. The whole area was refurbished last year (2016). It features all the details from the movie. The realistic bedrooms are high up in the tree branches, the tables are set and there are functioning water mill systems. It feels like the family is living there and about to sit down for dinner. It is so neat to walk through it and see how it all works together.
This is the first attraction you encounter when you enter Adventureland. It takes about 15 mins to walk through it, I and has 116 steps. I thought maybe they were going to convert it into a Tarzan themed attraction, like they did in Disneyland, but they stuck to the original.
My favorite part is this plaque (Jungle Lookout) that you encounter just as you are climbing up the flights of stairs. It reads, “In this compound we often pause to contemplate our small world. Here adventure beckons with every view & every sound, the jungle & its river call out their mystery & invite us to new discovery. “”
If that doesn’t awaken your inner voyager, I don’t know what will. That is what the average person can miss when they visit Disney World. Aside from the great food and entertainment, there is an inspiring educational component that Walt Disney wanted us to go home with. He wanted us to enter with an open mind and leave brilliantly inspired.
So park the stroller and take a little hike around this stairway in the trees.
If you want to watch a clip of the treehouse in the movie Swiss Family Robinson, CLICK HERE.