Swiss Family Treehouse

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Swiss Family Treehouse

Swiss Family Treehouse

Attraction Name: Swiss Family Treehouse
Attraction Type: Walk-Through
Height Requirements: None
Location: Adventureland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: N/A

The Swiss Family Treehouse is actually one of my favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom.  I know, it doesn’t have the glitz or glamour of something like Space Mountain or the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, but the 116 steps take you up six stories, and at the very top, provide very cool views of the entire park!

Unfortunately, this attraction is not accessible to those in a wheelchair or scooter, so that is a shame for those that want to see it but can’t because of physical limitations.  The attraction almost never has any sort of line, so take your time, relax on your journey, and imagine yourself living in such a way.

The attraction features all of the types of rooms you would expect in a house, including:

  • The Living Room
  • The Kitchen and Dining Room
  • The Crow’s Nest
  • Study/Library
  • Jungle Lookout

Finally, here are a couple of photos that show you some of the unique views you can experience on the attraction.  Thanks for stopping by, and happy climbing!

Pirates of the Caribbean

5 Facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will Impress Your Friends.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean – 5 Facts to Impress Your Friends!

If you are reading this post, chances are that you are already a Disney fan — some of you may even be Disney Addicts!  If that’s the case, the five facts I’ve got for you may not be anything you haven’t heard before, but it may be something that you can use to explain how cool Pirates of the Caribbean is to your friends, co-workers, family, anyone that isn’t as big a Disney fan as you are!  So, without further ado, here are five facts about Pirates of the Caribbean that will impress your friends!

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For Pirates fans, there are a lot of great tidbits that do a great job of adding a bit of intrigue to the attraction.  Here are my top five facts that I find fascinating about this great attraction!

  1. When Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, Pirates of the Caribbean was not one of the original opening day attractions.  The thought was that because Florida was so close to the Caribbean, the Florida residents would not be interested in pirates.  Well, people were amazed that Pirates wasn’t part of the Magic Kingdom, and they petitioned Disney to open it in Florida like it was in California.  Disney listened, and Pirates opened to the general public on December 15, 1973 — exactly 7 years after Walt Disney passed away.
  2. Pirates opened originally at Disneyland, in New Orleans Square.  The attraction was the last one that Walt Disney worked on before he passed away, and it opened 3 months after his passing.  The Disneyland version starts with a slow ride through the Blue Bayou restaurant.  If you are eating there, you can see the boats pass by from your table.  It’s really cool.  Personally, the scene reminds me of the bayou of Louisiana (hence New Orleans Square) scenes from The Princess and the Frog movie.
  3. At the Magic Kingdom, there are two skeletons playing a game of chess in one of the dungeons — you can see them as you walk through the loading queue.  Interestingly, though, the pieces on the chessboard form a stalemate, with no winner possible.  As a result, the two skeletons have been playing the same game of chess since 1973!  This part of the attraction was the brainchild of Marc Davis, one of the Disney Legends and one of Walt’s Nine Old Men.
  4. Back at Disneyland, did you know that there are two drops as part of the attraction, while at the Magic Kingdom, there is only one?
  5. Lastly, did you know that the drop at the Magic Kingdom was done in order to navigate under the Walt Disney World Railroad?

I hope that you have found these facts to be fun and enjoyable!  Leave me a comment and let me know what facts you have to share also.  Thanks, and make it a Disney day everyone!

Seven Weeks

Pirates of the Caribbean turns 40

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Magic Kingdom turns 40 today!

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Magic Kingdom turns 40 today!

Today is a very momentous day in the history of Disney.  Of course, on a sad note, today marks the 47th anniversary since the loss of Walt Disney to cancer.  However, today also marks a happier occasion as well!  Today is the 40th birthday of the Magic Kingdom version of Pirates of the Caribbean!

This classic ride, which I have featured many times on our blog, was one of the first major changes to the Magic Kingdom after it opened in 1971.  I do not know if they marked today on purpose to open POTC because of the anniversary of Walt’s death, but I’m willing to bet they did since this was one of the last major attractions that Walt had a hand in when it was created for Disneyland in 1967.  What I do know, though, is that a day of sadness for so many may also be a day when we can put a smile on our face because of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

You can read more about this anniversary over at the Disney Parks Blog, including watching a video that features Walt himself talking about the attraction!

Now, tell me, please — what is your favorite Pirates of the Caribbean memory or movie?  Please let us know in the comments, and thanks!

The Lands of Disneyland: Adventureland!

Tarzan's Treehouse is one of the attractions you can find in Adventureland

Tarzan’s Treehouse is one of the attractions you can find in Adventureland

Today we are taking a look at Adventureland in our continuation of our Lands of Disneyland series!  This land, much like similar lands of the same name at other Disney parks, is themed around the spirit of adventure that can be found in the land.  Originally, Adventureland was going to be based off of some of the nature documentaries that Walt Disney produced, including real animals!  However, after Walt was told that real animals would likely hide or sleep all day, the decision was made to make animals that would take the place of the real animals.  Later on, Audio-Animatronic animals were put in place to add a more realistic feel.

In Adventureland you can find the following attractions for you to enjoy:

In addition to the attractions, you can also find shops and snack bars — including the Tiki Juice Bar, which is located right outside the Enchanted Tiki Room and can be a great way to get a Dole Whip before the next show!

As a family, we didn’t really spend a whole lot of time in Adventureland.  One thing that is a little disconcerting about Disneyland is how quite often, pictures you take in one land are of attractions or scenes in a completely different land, such as the two photos below.  However, that is really part of the charm of Disneyland, I suppose, and will never be changed, so it isn’t that big a deal really.

This picture shows Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located in Frontierland

This picture shows Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located in Frontierland

This picture was taken from Tarzan's Treehouse of the shops

This picture was taken from Tarzan’s Treehouse of the shops of Frontierland and Adventureland

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Adventureland, one of the lands of Disneyland Park.  Stay tuned as we take a look next at one of the smallest — but most popular — lands when we explore New Orleans Square on Friday!  Until then, let me know please, what do you think of Adventureland?  Just let me know in the comments, and thanks!

My Top 5 Magic Kingdom Attractions

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Hello everyone, and welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  When you approach the Magic Kingdom, I know that the famous Disney Magic hits you right in the face, and draws you in.  I know that the Magic Kingdom is full of experiences, emotions, excitement, and memories, but at some point, we all go to the Magic Kingdom for the attractions!  In today’s post, I’m going to take a look at my top five Magic Kingdom attractions — and I invite you to join in on the comments and tell me YOUR top five attractions!

#5: Haunted Mansion

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Coming in at number 5 in my list is the Haunted Mansion.  This attraction is a good one, and is always full of fun for us.  If it has any drawback, it’s that the loading queue can be a bit much at times, but once you finish merging 100 people or more into one line, it’s all good!  Occasionally the ride does stop and start at times, but if you are lucky, it will happen at a great spot and you can get a great look at everything!

#4: Pirates of the Caribbean

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At number four in our list is Pirates of the Caribbean.  This attraction used to be much higher up on the list — until I was absolutely spoiled by the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland in New Orleans Square!  After that, I’m sorry to say that this ride just isn’t as much fun as it used to be!  Still, I love it, just not as much as I used to…

#3: Splash Mountain

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At number three in our list is Splash Mountain!  This ride — which is an incredible ride, by the way — is my daughter Sophie’s favorite ride!  It does have one big drawback, though…the lines!  I love the story of Brier Rabbit as portrayed in the movie Song of the South, I love that it is a really long ride with many small drops, and I absolutely love the 52′ drop at the end!

#2: Peter Pan’s Flight

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Peter Pan’s Flight is placed in number two on our countdown!  This classic Disney ride is one of our all time favorites because of the way the Imagineers designed the ride.  It’s almost always a toss-up for me in putting this attraction at number 2 or number 1 on my list, but for today, it sits at number 2…

#1: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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As I said, Peter Pan’s Flight is a toss-up between number 2 and number 1 in my list, but for today, my big Kahuna attraction at the Magic Kingdom is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!  The reason for this is because of an experience I had on our last trip — in fact, on the last night of our last trip.  It was July 27th, 2013, and I was with Cindy, Sophie, and a whole host of Pixie friends and their families at the Magic Kingdom.  A group of us decided to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and some of the kids had never been on it before.  Not only were they brave and ride the coaster, but they had the time of their lives and we got right back on it and road it again!  In fact, this time they rode with their hands up in the air the entire time!  It was a great end to our Pixie Trip, and because of that, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad currently sits at number 1 on my list!

Honorable Mentions…

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Of course, Space Mountain is on my list — just not in the top 5.  Truthfully, I like Space Mountain at Disneyland better because you can have two to a row there, but I like ours also.

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“it’s a small world” is another of my favorite rides, but I just ran out of numbers, so it is an honorable mention.  It would definitely make my list for a top 10 list!

Thank you all for stopping by today, I hope you will comment on your favorite attractions so that we can compare notes!  Let me know what you think of my choices, and thanks everyone!  Make it a Disney Day!