The Adventureland Treehouse now has an official reopening date from the Disneyland Resort — this fall, 2023.
Adventure Treehouse Reopening This Fall
In a press release shared today, September 7, the Disneyland Resort offered details on the return of this iconic attraction:
Opening this fall, the Adventureland Treehouse inspired by Walt Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson will invite guests to journey up wood rope stairways and traverse the branches of the giant tree to explore fascinating rooms representing members of a family from a new story. Capturing the spirit of the original treehouse that Walt Disney and his Imagineers built in 1962, explorers roaming among the Adventureland Treehouse will encounter the mother’s music den, the father’s art studio, the young sons’ nature room and the teenage daughter’s astronomer’s loft, with most items crafted from found objects and natural resources gathered during the family’s adventures.
Adventureland Treehouse Backstory
Back in November 2022, it was announced that Tarzan’s Treehouse would be transformed into a new Swiss Family-Inspired Adventureland Treehouse in Disneyland Park. It would have its own story, partially inspired by “Swiss Family Robinson”.
Before it was Tarzan’s Treehouse, the attraction was Swiss Family Treehouse, based on the 1960 film of the same name. It opened on November 18, 1962, and was an opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Paris. It remains the Swiss Family Treehouse at Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland.
Swiss Family Treehouse closed at Disneyland Park in 1999 and reopened as Tarzan’s Treehouse later that year. After another 22 years of operation, it suddenly closed in September 2021. Disney eventually announced in April 2022 that it would be re-themed.
Instead of being inspired by a different IP (it was rumored the treehouse could be “Encanto”-themed), the new attraction will have an original story about a family living in the treehouse on Jungle River. This new concept will look more like the original 1962 Swiss Family Treehouse, including a water wheel at the entrance, though the family is different.
It was also rumored that the attraction would become S.E.A.-themed. While it may not be an entirely S.E.A. attraction, there is a Society of Explorers and Adventurers banner in the concept art.
Each member of the family will have their own unique gift and themed room, featuring found objects and natural resources that they have repurposed for home use, not unlike previous iterations of the treehouse.
Guests experiencing Adventures By Disney’s nearly $115,000 private jet tour to Disney Parks around the world were the first to hear new details about the family members.
The father is the chief of the family, and has created a kitchen where the meals his family enjoys can cook themselves on the stove. He has also managed to build an icebox in the jungle, which is a feat in and of itself. All of this is possible thanks to the water wheel that brings the “magical” water out of the creek below and into the tree.
To make the attraction more accessible for guests unable to climb stairs, or who simply don’t want to go up high, the bottom floor is being expanded and will include the kitchen and dining room. It will also reportedly have the father’s art studio, displaying hand-drawn sketches and paintings of each of the rooms.
The mother is “a fabulous musician,” and her room will see the return of the player organ from the Swiss Family Treehouse that will play the Swisskapolka. You can see the previously-released concept art for her room above.
The children of this new family are a teenage daughter and two twin boys. The daughter is a gifted astronomer and astrologer, who studies the moon and stars out of the windows of the treehouse and in the treehouse’s loft. Her room will feature graphs and models of the universe that she has put together during her studies. The twin boys are naturalists, with one loving plants and the other loving animals. Their room will be filled with monkeys, toucans, and other kinds of plants, both man-eating and otherwise.
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