November 18, 1962 – The Swiss Family Treehouse Attraction Opens in Disneyland
“Explore the ultimate treehouse.”
On November 18, 1962, the Swiss Family Treehouse attraction opened in Disneyland’s Adventureland. Based on the 1960 live action feature Swiss Family Robinson, the treehouse is entirely man-made, tree included. Thanks to this, the tree has also been given the tongue-in-cheek scientific name Disneyeodendron semperflorens grandis, meaning “large ever-blooming Disney tree.” The grand opening of the attraction featured an appearance by actor John Mills, who starred in the film, and his daughter, Disney Legend Hayley Mills. In 1999, the attraction closed, and soon reopened as Tarzan’s Treehouse. A version of the original attraction exists in Walt Disney World, opening in 1971, while another opened in Tokyo Disneyland in 1993.