Happy Friday everyone! Today’s Friday Five Facts are about one of my absolute favorite attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park! Yes, I mean that! While it is not my #1 favorite, (because I don’t honestly think I could choose one,) it is something I never miss! Funny thing is, when I talk to people about this attraction, many people tell me that they’ve never once walked through it! My response to them is that just because it isn’t a ride, doesn’t mean it should be skipped over!
Swiss Family Treehouse
You may know that there is a room, located in Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom that one special family gets to win a stay in it every night. Now no doubt, the room is gorgeous! If you’ve never seen pictures, google it. The royal treatment all the way! But I tell ya, if I ever win, I want to spend the night in this treehouse! I always have wanted to. I just love they way the whole thing is done, and if I ever get stranded on an island with my family, you better believe I’m gonna find a great big tree and build my house in it! 🙂
Swiss Family Crest
Friday Five Facts – Swiss Family Treehouse
1. The Swiss Family Treehouse is designed to be a visual walk-through attraction based on the 1960 Disney film “Swiss Family Robinson”. The film was Disney’s adaptation of the book written by Johann David Wyss, written in 1812.
2. The Swiss Family Treehouse was an original attraction when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. While the tree looks real, it is actually made up of concrete, steel and stucco.
Kitchen and Dining areas
3. The tree is 60 ft. tall and 90 ft. wide, and looks exactly like the one in the Disney film.
A look inside one of the rooms and the bridges that connect the rooms
4. Since the story of the Swiss Family Robinson is about a family that is shipwrecked in the early 1800’s, the articles you will see throughout the house are 19th century items – items that the family would have salvaged from the wreckage. Make sure to get a glimpse of antique books, lanterns, dishware and furniture.
The bedrooms complete with actual beds and hammocks!
5. The water system – At the base of the tree, a large wooden wheel gathers water from a stream and carries it up to the various rooms inside the treehouse. This is a really neat thing to watch, and it is working the entire time you explore the treehouse!
Water wheel system
What are your thoughts on the Swiss Family Treehouse? Is this a must do attraction for you like it is me, or is it a must skip over attraction? Have you ever walked through it and just thought about what life would be like if you were shipwrecked and alone on a deserted island? How would you survive? What would life be like if it were all so simple again? Anyone want to see if Disney will let us stay a night in the tree? I’d love to know what you think about this! Comment below with your impressions of this fun attraction!
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