- The full sign outside the Swiss Family Treehouse, a wonderful, walk-through attraction, reads:
- "On this site, July 17, 18 05, the Swiss Family Robinson, composed of myself, my good wife, my three sons Fritz, Ernst and little Francis, were the sole survivors by the grace of God, of the ill-fated ship, Swallow. From the wreckage we built our home in this tree for protection on this uncharted shore. -Franz"
- The Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse is built into a replica of a giant Banyan tree. The "roots" of the tree are 42 feet into the ground for structural support, and the 1,400 branches are covered with 300,000 lifelike polyethylene "leaves", which reportedly cost about $1.00 each in 1971. The tree is also draped with real Spanish moss.
- The tree is actually it’s own "species." It is known as a "Disneyodendron eximus," which means it is an "out of the ordinary Disney tree."
- There are only 4 of these Disney-created "trees" in the world – the others are in Anaheim , Tokyo and Paris . Each of these trees and attractions was inspired by the 1960 Disney film, "The Swiss Family Robinson."
- Disneyland opened its Swiss Family Treehouse in November 1962. It is known as a "Disneyodendron Semperflorens Grandis," which means, "large, always blooming Disney tree."
- Disneyland Paris has "La Cabane des Robinson," and Tokyo Disneyland has it’s own Swiss Family Treehouse.
- While the original novel, penned in 1813 by Johann Wyss, gave no name to the doomed vessel, Disney has given it a few contradictory names. In Disneyland, unlike Walt Disney World’s "Swallow," the sign referred to the ship as the "Recovery." However, the sign was later changed during a rehab to "Titus." The only name given in the novel was to the house itself, which was called, "Falconhurst."
Swiss Family Treehouse
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