On October 1 this year, Walt Disney World will celebrate its 50th anniversary as it begins an 18-month celebration; and while the four parks take part in the festivities, the 50-year milestone belongs only to some places in the most magical place on earth.
In 1971, Walt Disney World opened with two resorts and a park: the Magic Kingdom. Inspired by the original Disneyland park in Anaheim, California, the Magic Kingdom debuted with its own version of Main Street, USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland, along with its own unique land: Liberty Square.
In previous posts, I have dealt with Then and Now: 50 Years of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Village Resort; but for today I ventured into the park to focus on Adventureland.
So what is Adventureland?
Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland is the first land on the left as you approach Cinderella Castle.
This particular territory is home to classic Disney attractions and is a mix of exotic locations from around the world, from the Caribbean to a desert oasis in the jungles of South America and Asia.
Facts about Adventureland:
Fet núm. 1: When the site first opened in 1971, there were three attractions: the Jungle Cruise, Swiss Family Treehouse, and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Although, at the time, the latter was known as the Tropical Serenade.
Fet núm. 2: In the 70s, there was more than one way to “cross” into Adventureland. When Main Street, Swan Boats in the United States operated, they sailed through the base of the Swiss Family Treehouse.
Fact # 3: Sunshine Tree Terrace and its iconic Bird Orange have been offering citrus swirls since 1971.
In addition, a walking character from Orange Orange would meet and greet the guests in the early days of the park and even make an appearance during the construction of the park.
Fact # 4: Although Skipper Canteen is still a relatively new Magic Kingdom restaurant, its location was originally home to a 1971 restaurant known as the Adventureland Veranda.
Fet # 5: While it’s true that Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the park’s most iconic attractions, it wasn’t at Adventureland (or the park itself) that it opened fifty years ago. In fact, there were no plans to build a Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in the Magic Kingdom, as Disney did not believe guests were interested given the rich pirate history of Florida.
The guests, however, felt different, and a shorter version of the Disneyland classic was subsequently opened at Adventureland on December 17, 1973.
Facts about Adventureland now:
Fet núm. 1: Tropen Serenade, the Magic Kingdom version of Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room, was transformed into The Enchanted Tiki Room (under new management) in 1998 with Iago from Aladdin and Zazu de Tthe lion king.
This unpopular iteration of the show closed and reopened as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room in 2011.
Fet núm. 2: In 2013, the cruise ship Jungle Adventureland received for the first time its holiday overlay known as Jingle Cruise with new seasonal puns.
Fact # 3: The magic carpets of Aladdin, an attraction of Dumbo-esque spinners, opened at Adventureland in May 2001 along with an Agrabah-style market. The golden camels of the trip (be careful, spit!) Were originally from the Aladdin Royal Caravan parade at Disney Studios in Hollywood.
Fact # 4: The pavement around Aladdin’s magic carpets is inlaid with treasures. Among the gems and gems (and Hidden Mickeys!), Guests may notice pieces of broken tile that allegedly came from a nearby fountain, but which was removed for the construction of the attraction.
Fact # 5: Over the years, the Caribbean Pirates of the Magic Kingdom and its surrounding area have received updates that reflect the pirates of the caribbean movie franchise. This includes the fast-serving restaurant El Pirata y el Perico which is now called Tortuga Tavern. Be sure to check out various references to the movies.
Fet núm. 6: Although Sunshine Tree Terrace has always been on Adventureland, in 2015 it was relocated to Aloha Isle (famous for Dole Whips).
Fet # 7: In 2021, the Jungle Cruise received some updates to its queue and departure scenes that include a partially submerged ship and a new Trader Sam’s.
Have you ever experienced the Magic Kingdom Adventureland in its early days? Is this land one of your favorites?