The green scrims and scaffolding that have been obscuring the new Adventureland Treehouse Inspired by Walt Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson are being removed at Disneyland.
Adventureland Treehouse Construction Progress
The last time we checked in on the construction of the Adventureland Treehouse, we had a hard time making out what was happening behind the scrims and scaffolding. Today, however, we saw thatched roofs, lookout points, bamboo walkways, and imaginative turrets as major sections of the treehouse are now visible as construction nears completion. Let’s take a walk on the wild side through the details and design!
As we approached, we noticed the reclaimed ship’s hull and crow’s nest right away, now visible near the thatched roofs at the top of the treehouse.
The whimsically shaped windows peeking out over the bow of the ship hide a place to explore.
This upper area looks nearly finished, with bamboo details and all scaffolding removed.
Small details in the treehouse and crow’s nest are visible, like a barrel with the rainwater pipe running down and tied together with rope. We noticed another pipe running along the length of the roof as well, jointed with canvas elbows to direct water away from the natural fiber roof and down to the still-hidden waterwheel we see in the concept art for the Adventureland Treehouse below.
While some scaffolding is still up down below this level, most of the green scrim has been removed, and we can see other details taking shape behind it.
This partially unwrapped post was spotted near another lookout point, this one made of carved wooden logs.
The post matches the theming in the area, like the railing in the foreground of this image.
The fake tree branches and trunk are visible here among the construction scaffolding serving as the support structure for the treehouse.
The brightly painted patina on the copper lookout looks complete and stands out against the earth tones used on the rest of the design for the Adventureland treehouse.
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 “Swiss Family Robinson.” It opened on November 18, 1962, at Disneyland Park 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 it could be “Encanto”-themed), the new Adventureland treehouse will have an original story about a family living in the treehouse on Jungle River. It will look more like the original 1962 Swiss Family Treehouse, including a water wheel at the entrance, but the family is different, hence the name Adventureland Treehouse.
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 just 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.
Are you excited to explore the curiosities hidden within the Adventureland Treehouse? Let us know in the comments.