Walt Disney on Adventureland: “Here is adventure. Here is romance. Here is mystery. Tropical rivers – silently flowing into the unknown. The unbelievable splendor of exotic flowers … the eerie sound of the jungle … with eyes that are always watching. This is Adventureland.”
Overview: Many adventurers have dreamed of visiting faraway, mysterious or dangerous lands. They get a taste of that excitement in Adventureland, with the intrigue of a remote, tropical jungle set during the early to mid-20th century. Adventureland harkens back to a time when explorers ventured into unknown realms full of natural wonders. Voyagers explore the African rainforest (Tarzan’s Treehouse); India’s Lost Delta (Indiana Jones Adventure); Polynesian islands (Enchanted Tiki Room); and uncharted lands in Asia, Africa and South America (Jungle Cruise).
What’s new: Intrepid explorers on Indiana Jones Adventure may have noticed some new enhancements entering the Chamber of Destiny. Keep an eye out for new projection images as you beware the eye of Mara.
Don’t miss: Adventureland has four attractions, including one with FastPass: the thrilling, high-speed Indiana Jones Adventure. The Adventureland Bazaar features hand-carved items, and South Seas Traders offers clothing fit for the tropics. Tropical Imports is full of fruit and snacks to fuel guests on their journey into the unknown. For shopping, guests may find everything from snacks to sunscreen and sandals at Adventureland Bazaar, South Seas Traders, Tropical Imports and the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost.
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Jungle Cruise
- Tarzan’s Treehouse
- Enchanted Tiki Room
Entertainment: On select days, guests may meet Aladdin and Princess Jasmine in the Aladdin’s Oasis stage area next to the Jungle Cruise.
Dining: Bengal Barbecue is a popular spot for a quick, healthy meal, with chicken, beef and vegetarian skewers. The Tiki Juice Bar offers refreshing snacks and Dole Whips outside the Enchanted Tiki Room.
Imaginative landscaping: From the hanging vines and orchid trees to the giant timber bamboo, the landscaping creates a rich, tropical atmosphere that serves as both a backdrop and a character in Adventureland. The foliage is designed to look as if it had been created by nature. The Jungle Cruise vegetation has evolved into its own tropical jungle with three levels: the upper canopy, the understory and the forest floor. The “father” of the attraction’s jungle was horticulturist and Disney Legend Bill Evans, who directed the landscaping of much of Disneyland in the 1950s.
Did you know?
- Guests entering the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, home of the Indiana Jones Adventure, will find countless hints of the adventure to come in the images and “Mara-glyphics” encountered along the temple passageways. Those in the know may be able to translate the Mara-glyphics, which are based on the English alphabet.
- The skippers of the Jungle Cruise lead a humorously irreverent expedition, carrying passengers along four rivers: the Nile of Africa, the Amazon of South America, the Irrawaddy of Southeast Asia and the Ganges of India.
- Tarzan’s Treehouse, originally the Swiss Family Treehouse, is more than 70 feet tall, has a suspension bridge and pays tribute to its former theme with “Swisskapolka” music playing on a gramophone near the end of the climb.
- The Enchanted Tiki Room, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, was the first attraction to feature Disney’s Audio-Animatronics technology. The cast of crooners in the show features 225 animated singing birds, flowers and tikis. That includes eight macaws, 12 toucans, 12 tiki drummers and more than 50 orchids.
- The famous Dole Whip can be found at a kiosk in front of the Enchanted Tiki Room, which originally was going to be a restaurant. In partial tribute to that dream, the Disneyland Hotel opened Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.
Cast member tips:
- See something you like in an Adventureland shop? Purchase it while you’re there, and use the convenient package-hold service to pick it up later in the day. Ask a shop cast member about the nearest package-hold station.
- Don’t miss the beautiful bull elephants along the river’s edge in the Jungle Cruise. Walt Disney originally planned to have real animals from Africa inhabit the land. When he learned that real animals would hide or be too idle to be entertaining, he asked Imagineers to build the animals.
- Have some trivia fun when visiting the Enchanted Tiki Room. Can your friends name the four birds that host the show? (Jose, Michael, Pierre and Fritz)
- Get your fortune told by a humorous genie when you rub a magic lamp at the Adventureland Bazaar, or get any illness diagnosed by “Shrunken Ned,” a suspended shrunken head at South Seas Traders. Both are coin-operated.
- Visit the Enchanted Tiki Room in the afternoon, enjoying a cool place to sit and a refreshing Dole Whip. Seats in the back rows against the wall have backrests.
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