Swiss Family Treehouse

Swiss Family Treehouse guide

At Swiss Family Treehouse, guests can climb and explore this exotic treehouse, a longtime Adventureland staple.

Ride Information  Restrictions  Location  Fun Facts  Top 5 Tips

Ride Information

Opening Day: October 1, 1971

Type of Ride: Walk-through

Age Recommendation: All ages

Duration of Ride: Unlimited

Typical Queue Time: Short

Single Rider Line: No

Chicken Exit Available: No

Baby Swap Available: No

Type of Vehicle: None

Type of Restraint: None

Attraction Open During EMH: Yes; evening. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.

Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No

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Ride Restrictions

Height Requirements: None. Guests must be ambulatory since stairs are involved.

Flash Photography or Video Allowed: Yes


Park Map of Magic Kingdom:


Other Rides/Attractions In the Area:

This attraction is located in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.

Shopping: Near Swiss Family Treehouse, guests can purchase a variety of goods and souvenirs among Adventureland’s five shops: “Agrabah Bazaar,” “Island Supply by Sunglass Hut,” “La Princesa de Cristal – Caribbean Plaza,” “Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar,” and “Zanzibar Trading Co.”

Dining/Refreshment: Several counter service restaurants are located near Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland. The popular Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace establishments specialize in ice cream, the former serving the cult-favorite Dole Whip and the latter the Citrus Swirl. Additionally, Mexican cuisine, including burritos and rice bowls, are served seasonally at Tortuga Tavern. The closest table-service restaurant to Swiss Family Treehouse is the Crystal Palace buffet, on Main Street USA near the Adventureland bridge.

Restroom: A pair of restrooms are located in Adventureland, one near Tortuga Tavern and another near Pirates of the Caribbean.

Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Disney parks are smoke free.

Swiss Family Treehouse Fun Facts

Did you know?

  • Swiss Family Treehouse is one of 13 attractions remaining in some form from the Magic Kingdom’s opening day, October 1, 1971. The others are “Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel” (now Prince Charming Regal Carrousel), Country Bear Jamboree, “Dumbo the Flying Elephant,” “Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade,” Hall of Presidents, Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World, “Jungle Cruise,” “Mad Tea Party,”  “Tropical Serenade” (now Enchanted Tiki Room), “Grand Prix Raceway” (now Tomorrowland Speedway), and “Walt Disney World Railroad.”
  • Swiss Family Treehouse is based on Disney’s 1960 live-action film Swiss Family Robinson.
  • According to the attraction’s backstory, construction of the Treehouse by the shipwrecked Robinsons commenced on July 17, 1805.
  • From opening day until 1989, Swiss Family Treehouse was entitled “Swiss Family Island Treehouse.”
  • From their opening in 1972 until their closure in 1983, the “Swan Boats” sailed around the Swiss Family Treehouse.
  • In the Magic Kingdom’s early years, before the Jungle Cruise’s foliage grew, the Seven Seas Lagoon and even the Polynesian Village Resort could be seen from Swiss Family Treehouse.
  • The limbs and leaves of Swiss Family Treehouse were constructed with concrete covered steel and vinyl, respectively. The moss on the tree is actual moss.
  • Elements of Swiss Family Treehouse include ship oars and sails, an elaborate bamboo waterwheel with connecting pipes to distribute the water, a coat of arms, a pump organ, hammocks, a map of the Indian Ocean, and a stove constructed with volcanic rocks. Rooms that you will encounter include a living room, two bedrooms, a library, and a kitchen.
  • Other versions of Swiss Family Treehouse are located at the Disneyland parks in Tokyo and Paris. Anaheim’s Swiss Family Treehouse was changed to “Tarzan’s Treehouse” in 1999 to coincide with Disney’s new animated feature Tarzan. Hong Kong Disneyland also incorporates Tarzan’s Treehouse.

Hidden Mickeys:

A Hidden Mickey can be found in a rock on a bench near the Treehouse.
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Top 5 Tips for Swiss Family Treehouse

Swiss family treehouse tips

  • Watch Swiss Family Robinson prior to your trip as it might enhance your appreciation of the attraction.
  • Be prepared to climb stairs.
  • Admire the details prevalent throughout the Treehouse.
  • Experience Swiss Family Treehouse after enjoying the Magic Kingdom’s headliner attractions.
  • Take some photographs near the tree.