Tarzan's Treehouse at Disneyland California
Tarzan's Treehouse is a place the man of the jungle would have loved to live. To get there, you climb through a tree stump and across a rope bridge. The house itself looks like it was made from salvaged parts from Tarzan's parent's shipwreck, overgrown with vines after many years in the jungle. You can follow Tarzan's story including how he was saved from the savage Sabor, raised by a kindly gorilla — and fell in love with Jane Porter.
A lot of people walk right past the treehouse on their way to Pirates of the Caribbean from Indiana Jones Adventure, but few of them stop to see it. That's good for you because there's never a line. It takes about 10 minutes to walk through, so why not?
And when you get to the top, you'll be looking at the highest view of Disneyland you can get without an airplane.
What You Need to Know About Tarzan's Treehouse
We polled 292 of our readers to find out what they think about Tarzan's Treehouse. 68% of them said It's a must-do or ride it if you have time, making it one of the lower-rated things to do at Disneyland.
It's a good place to go for kids who like to climb and parents who want to wear them out. It's a walk-through (or should I say climb through?) attraction that you can experience at your own pace.
- Rating: ★★
- Location: Adventureland
- Recommended for: Kids who need to burn some excess energy
- Fun Factor: Medium to low
- Wait Factor: Low. I have never seen a line at the treehouse.
How to Have More Fun at Tarzan's Treehouse
- You can get a good view from the top of the tree house.
- In the campsite, look for characters from Beauty and the Beast. You'll know them when you see them. They also made a cameo appearance in the Tarzan film at Jane's tea party.
- Look for a hidden Mickey on the wall across from where Jane is drawing a picture of Tarzan.
- The treehouse is full of interactive devices. Try everything and see what happens.
- Just try to resist the urge to make that Tarzan yell while you're in his treehouse. I dare you.
- Reviewers at Yelp give the treehouse moderate ratings, saying "My son really enjoys Tarzan's Treehouse and usually wants to go through it at least twice" and "If you have to skip something in the park, this could be it." You can read their comments here.
Fun Facts About Tarzan's Treehouse
This attraction was originally the home of Swiss Family Robinson, opened in 1962. It was rethemed (and made 10 feet taller) in 1999 when Disney's animated Tarzan film came out. In fact, the old gramophone in the laboratory at the base plays the Swisskapolka theme from the original treehouse.
Many of my friends who visited Disneyland as kids between the 1960s and 1990s still complain that they liked it better then. That was before I moved to California, so I have no opinion on this touchy subject.
The fake tree is 80 feet tall. It weighs 150 tons and has more than 6,000 hand-applied vinyl leaves. The tree is a member of the rare species "Disneyodendron Semperflorens Grandis," which means "large, ever-blooming Disney tree."
More About Tarzan's Treehouse
To get to the top of the treehouse, you have to climb a continuous series of narrow, winding stairs. If you're in a wheelchair or ECV, you can get into an interactive area on ground level by asking a Cast Member at the Pirates of the Caribbean entrance for help. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV