First Look at Adventureland Treehouse
Walt Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine took media members on a tour of Adventureland Treehouse Friday morning. The treehouse is inspired by the original Swiss Family Treehouse, but has an all-new family and story.
As we’ve previously noted, a replica of the original Swiss Family Treehouse water wheel has returned to the attraction. It was created by Garner Holt Productions from molds of the original water wheel, which sits in the Disney Archives.
“It’s really exactly like the original water wheel with a few enhancements,” Irvine said.
“Our story is that everything that the family has created actually runs off of this mystical water that’s running underneath the tree from some spring that the water wheel brings up into the rooms and takes through all the different bamboo pipes to the different cisterns,” Irvine said. “That’s how they run all of the little pieces of magic in each room.”
In the downstairs kitchen, the family’s father has managed to automatic everything, including pots that stir themselves.
“He’s kind of a renaissance man that knows how to do all kinds of things,” Irvine said. “So he’s put together a whole workshop with a potter’s wheel and lathes and all the things that he can help the rest of the family make their dreams come true in their rooms.”
In the mother’s music parlor is a player organ and violin that play themselves. The “Swisskapolka,” also from the original attraction, plays on a loop.
“If you wonder where mom sleeps, her loft is up here,” said Irvine, pointing to a niche above the music room. “There’s a ladder that she climbs to go up.”
The pet ostrich caught on camera earlier this week will be named Jane, while a pet monkey will be named Rascal. Ostrich eggs will also appear throughout the treehouse, as will “Easter eggs” paying tribute to the past iterations of the attraction: the books “Tarzan of the Apes” by Edgar Rice Burroughs and “Swiss Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss.
The twin sons share a room filled with plants and animals.
“They’re about 8 years old in my mind,” Irvine said. “They are both nature lovers. They can’t believe that they live in this tree. One collects animals and one collects all the weird plants that they can find out in the jungle.”
In the daughter’s observatory, fans will see a letter from a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.). The member sent her a lens for one of the telescopes.