On our last visit to Disneyland Park, we noted that all scaffolding surrounding the Adventureland Treehouse had been removed. Now, as the walkthrough attraction inches toward its still-unannounced official reopening, almost all of the last remnants of painter’s tape that wrapped lampposts in the area have been removed.
From our vantage point, though a specific opening date for the “Swiss Family Robinson”-inspired experience has not yet been revealed, it appears that a few pieces of tape and the construction wall are all that divide guests from the attraction and its previously announced fall 2023 opening window.
Adventureland Treehouse Painter’s Tape Removed
We noticed that most of the painter’s tape we’d seen in this area on our last trip is now removed.
In the above photo from earlier this week, you can see the wrapped lampposts with plastic fastened with painter’s tape in the image.
There’s no more painter’s tape on most of these poles as of October 21. Coupled with the scaffolding coming down, the vast majority, if not all, of the construction work is complete and the attraction will soon be ready for its reopening.
The updated Adventureland Treehouse will replace Tarzan’s Treehouse, which unexpectedly ceased operations in September 2021. A return to its roots was announced in November 2022, as Disney revealed that a “Swiss Family Robinson”-inspired retheming would soon be coming to the attraction; the attraction originally opened as the Swiss Family Treehouse in 1962 before closing to adopt “Tarzan” theming in 1999.
The new attraction is inspired by the 1960 Walt Disney-produced film and will feature an original family. Disney announced that the updated experience will “[pay] tribute to the original treehouse that Walt Disney and his Imagineers built.”
There do not appear to be any changes to the treehouse itself since our last construction update on September 25. The area in front of the treehouse may have received some aesthetic work, as protective plastic with painter’s tape has been applied to the top of the posts in this area. Decorative hangers are attached to each post, but the wooden fence prevents us from seeing what, exactly, is displayed from each stake.
The saqiyah water feature in the front of the attraction was being tested in early October, another indication that preparations for its ultimate opening are underway. The saqiyah was installed in mid-September.
The Adventureland Treehouse will invite guests to explore the rooms of each of the five members that make up the family created for the attraction. The family has constructed the treehouse out of natural elements and pieces of their wrecked ship, and this is reflected in the theming and detailing on the exterior of the attraction. Bamboo is seen in several locations around the treehouse, and the bow of a ship hangs from the front of the treehouse’s central building.
Adventureland Treehouse Story
The original Swiss Family Treehouse opened in the Adventureland section of Disneyland on November 18, 1962, and was an opening day attraction at both Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Paris in 1971 and 1992, respectively. A version of the walkthrough experience opened in Tokyo Disneyland in 1993.
The Disneyland version of the attraction closed in 1999 and later re-opened as Tarzan’s Treehouse. The latter rendition closed in 2021 and a re-theming was announced in April 2022; though “Encanto” and the Society of Explorers and Adventurers were rumored inspirations for the imminent retheme, its “Swiss Family Robinson”-inspired update was formally announced in late 2022.
The attraction may ultimately include some S.E.A. nods, as banners for the fictional organization were present in the concept art. No S.E.A. theming is visible on the Adventureland Treehouse attraction at this time.
Are you excited to see the painter’s tape removed at Adventureland Treehouse as the finishing touches are in place? Let us know in the comments.