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Tarzan's Treehouse

Tarzan's Treehouse may hold the record for the fastest theme park attraction based on a movie. Opening just one week after the theatrical relase of Tarzan in 1999, it was quite a gamble that the movie wouldn't prove to be an embarrassment. The attraction could be planned and opened so quickly since it was essentially a new overlay of the pre-existing Swiss Family Treehouse. Walking through the extensive tree, guests will see various scenes from the movie, some of them interactive.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Location: At the New Orleans Square end of Adventureland, right before the bridge over the Pirates of the Caribbean queue.
  • Date Opened: 6/23/1999
  • # of Ride Units: One giant tree.
  • Ride Capacity: Unknown. This attraction is a walkthrough and can hold well over 100 people at a time.
  • Restraint Method: None
  • Ticket Rating: B Ticket
  • Ride Photo: No
 
Time Commitment Information - Hide Section
  • Open/Close: Opens with the park and closes at dusk.
  • Wait Times: There is never really a wait time to get into the tree, though crowds may require waiting for a few minutes at any particular point in the treehouse.
  • Length of Ride: Self-guided, about 10 minutes if you don't spend much time looking at things.
  • FastPass: No
  • Single Rider: No
  • Queue Description: There is no queue.
Access Information - Hide Section
  • Health Restriction: To experience the full attraction will require ascending and descending stair equivelant to a several story climb. Guests with a fear of height may want to avoid this attraction.
  • Ride Access: The main portion of the treehouse is not at all accessible to wheelchairs or ECVs. There is ramp access to the ground level portion of the treehouse; to used go behind Tarzan's treehouse along the Pirates of the Caribbean building.
  • Wheelchair Transfer: To visit the main portions of the treehouse, it will be necessary to leave a wheelchair or ECV and walk or climb stairs on your own. The ground floor portion does not require a transfer, though the dirt surface may make navigation difficult.
  • Service Animals: Yes
  • Audio: There is some audio during in the treehouse but it tends to be atmospheric.
  • Weight and Size Issues: Should be none though some spaces are on the cramped size they should be large enough for any guest.
Parenting Information - Hide Section
  • Height Restriction: No
  • Child Swap: No
  • Other Issues: There is a panther hidden in the tree that growls and sounds like it is lunging at guests. It can be startling.
History and Trivia - Hide Section
  • At this location: Tarzan's Treehouse replaced Swiss Family Tree House, which opened November 18, 1962 and closed in February 1999. The original attraction, as with the current one was tied to a newly opened movie, 1960's Swiss Family Robinson, and presented various scenes from that movie.
  • The Attraction's History: Tarzan's Treehouse remains mostly unchanged since it opened in 1999.
  • Other Trivia
  • The scientific name: The unofficial scientific name for the tree in which the treehouse sits is Disneyodendron semperflorens grandis, or giant always-blooming Disney tree.
  • Souvenirs: When Swiss Family Tree House closed in 1999, each of the large fake leaves needed to be replaced, so the existing ones were kept and sold as souvenirs.
  • A tribute to the past: Tarzan Treehouse does contain a tribute to Swiss Family Tree House. On the old gramophone in one scene, the music playing is "Swisskapolka."


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