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Swiss Family Treehouse at Magic Kingdom

The Walt Disney spirit of adventure is one of the main reasons why over 120 million people worldwide visit Disney parks every single year.

The Swiss Family Treehouse attraction at Magic Kingdom captures this spirit perfectly.

The attraction covers a shipwreck, self-reliance and survival, wild animals, plants and much, much more.

Treehouse

While every young child knows that Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters is based on a Disney film, very few visitors to the Magic Kingdom know that The Swiss Family Treehouse is actually based on a Disney motion picture as well.

The film in question is Swiss Family Robinson, which was a 1960 adaptation of the 1812 novel by Swiss author Johann David Wyss.

Although Disney World is an exceptionally modern, state-of-the-art theme park, you can clearly see the diligent attention to history peppered throughout Magic Kingdom.

There are few other parks that can take inspiration from a novel over 200 years old and create a relevant, engaging attraction from it.

In order to find out what The Swiss Family Treehouse is all about, you first need to know about the story of the treehouse in the Swiss Family Robinson film, because Magic Kingdom has designed the attraction to be as faithful to the original Swiss Family Robinson story as possible.

Robinson Family Shipwrecked

The Robinson family is heading to Papua New Guinea, the world's second biggest island just off the coast of Australia.

They encounter a storm and end up shipwrecked on an island.

Before everything gets washed away, the Robinsons manage to salvage some valuable tools to help with their survival on the deserted island.

After managing to deter pirates, the family is now faced with the task of trying to survive on the island.

This is the point at which they build the tree house that is the inspiration for The Swiss Family Treehouse here.

The Swiss Family Treehouse is located at the top of Adventureland, just beyond The Jungle Cruise.

One Little Island

The attraction has its own little island, intended to symbolize the uninhabited island where the Robinson family were shipwrecked.

You can only access this island via an authentic wooden suspension bridge made with traditional ropes typical of the early 1900s.

As you step across the bridge, you will have views of the surrounding Jungle Cruise area to the left and to the right.

You will then begin to see some of the fantastic technology that the Robinson family developed in order to survive on the island, starting with a giant water wheel which powers automatic water delivery up to the treehouse via wooden buckets.

The Climb

As you climb up the wooden stairs you are drawn deeper and deeper into the elaborate treehouse.

The Swiss Family Treehouse is so high that it has multiple sets of winding steps to bring you up to the top, and the view of the treehouse from the outside makes you feel as if you truly are on the deserted island.

The attention to detail in all the little tools and inventions is astounding.

When you finally come to the top, you will first notice the large helm of the old Robinson ship, along with an impressive array of furniture and crockery that the family managed to salvage from the wreck.

Explore

You can stand on the balcony and soak in the breathtaking views of the jungle and the rest of Adventureland in the distance.

There are a few different sections of the treehouse that you will be able to explore, including an 'office' complete with an outdoor writing desk and lanterns, and a kitchen complete with stove, oven and various exotic foods.

The Swiss Family Treehouse truly is the jungle dream of any young child.

By Marie Ospina
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