Tarzan's Treehouse is one of the most overlooked attractions at Disneyland. A lot of people walk right past it 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?
This treehouse is a place the man of the jungle would have loved to live. To get there, you climb through a tree stump and cross 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 leopard Sabor, raised by a kindly gorilla — and fell in love with Jane Porter.
And when you get to the top of that long stair climb, you'll be looking out over the park from 60 feet above the ground. That makes it the highest view of Disneyland you can get without an airplane.
What You Need to Know About Tarzan's Treehouse at Disneyland
Tarzan's house is an excellent place to go for kids who like to climb and parents who want to wear them out. It's a walk-through (or is that climb through?) attraction that you can experience at your own pace.
With no lines ever, it's a good thing to do while you're waiting to use your FASTPASS at one of the nearby rides.
- Rating: ★★
- Location: Adventureland
- Recommended for: Kids who need to burn some excess energy. Not a good idea for anyone who has a fear of heights. The swinging bridge can also make some people nervous.
- Fun Factor: Medium to low
- Wait Factor: Low. In fact, it never has a line.
- Accessibility: 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 won't be able to go up. Instead, you can get into an interactive area on the 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
How to Have More Fun
- If you don't visit this attraction for any other reason, you can get a good view from the top of the treehouse.
- In the campsite area, look for characters from Beauty and the Beast. You'll know them when you see them. What are they doing there? They made a cameo appearance at Jane's tea party in the "Tarzan" film.
- 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 like musical pots and pans. Try touching things, turning knobs and pushing buttons and see what happens.
- It may be hard to resist the urge to make that Tarzan yell while you're in his treehouse but do your best.
- 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 some of their comments to help decide whether you want to visit it.
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The fake tree weighs 150 tons, is 80 feet tall and has more than 6,000 hand-applied vinyl leaves. It cost $254,900 to build and used six tons of reinforced steel and 110 cubic yards of concrete. The tree is a member of the totally made up and very rare species called "Disneyodendron Semperflorens Grandis," which means "large, ever-blooming Disney tree."
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 still plays the Swisskapolka theme from the original treehouse.
People who visited Disneyland as kids between the 1960s and 1990s still complain that they liked it better then. But if the Tarzan version is the only one you're ever seen, you won't' care much about that.