Adventureland

Adventureland Introduction

by josh on May 15, 2010

Split into two distinct areas – the Arabian Village and Caribbean Plaza – Adventureland is distinctively adventure-y. In the Arabian section, you’ll find the majority of the attractions – Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and Swiss Family Tree House, in addition to the popular Dole Whips at Aloha Isle. Agrabah Bazaar is the primary, smallish store offering wares perfect for the adventurers among us. To the right of the entrance to Pirates is the signup building for the fun Pirate’s Adventure Treasures of Seven Seas interactive game. It includes a high quality map that sends players around Adventureland unlocking secrets and setting off surprises. Visit in the afternoon as a fun diversion when waits peak elsewhere.

Arabian Village opens up to Caribbean Plaza on the Frontierland side, hosting the classic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction with an expansive store at its exit offering everything pirate. Tortuga Tavern is the land’s quick service, often only open from 11am – 3pm and serving taco and nacho fare across from Pirates. It’s a nice way to mix up the usual burgers and nuggets found elsewhere. Sunshine Tree Terrace behind Aladdin’s Magical Carpets serves soft drinks, ice cream, and the cult favorite Citrus Swirl blend of frozen orange juice and vanilla ice cream.

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Enchanted Tiki Room

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: Originally opened on October 1, 1971, reopened “Under New Management” on April 5, 1998, reopened back to original theme on August 15, 2011

Location: Adventureland to the left of Sunshine Tree Terrace and behind Aladdin’s Magical Carpets

Extra Magic Hours: Evening

FastPass+: No

Type: Animatronic theater show

Similar To: Country Bear Jamboree

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Low.  There is a short scene with lightning, thunder, and momentary darkness near the end of the show, but it shouldn’t overwhelm most kids.  If your child is easily frightened then this may be another to skip, but everyone over the age of six or so should be fine.

What to Expect: The Enchanted Tiki Room is another animatronics theater show.  Luckily, this one is nicely air-conditioned and the seats are mostly comfortable.  José, Michael, Pierre and Fritz serve as your aviary hosts as they introduce the various characters and musical sequences.  The show is lighthearted and intended to be funny, though a lot of the jokes seem to fall flat with contemporary audiences.

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Jungle Cruise

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: October 1, 1971

Location: Down stairs across from Aladdin’s Magical Carpets

Extra Magic Hours: No

FastPass+: Yes – Moderate priority. Consider using as a 4th, 5th, etc. choice later in the afternoon

Type: Boat ride

Similar To: A mashup of Living with the Land and Great Movie Ride

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Very low.  You’ll enter a reasonably dark cave for a few moments, but there’s nothing here that should startle anyone.

What to Expect: The queue for the Jungle Cruise is deceptively long and winding so don’t ignore the posted wait time if the line appears short (or long) at first glance.  The queue is covered and cooler than many other parts of the Park, but it isn’t indoors or air-conditioned.  Once you make it to the front of the line you will board a slow-moving tramp-steamer themed boat that holds about 40 passengers and has a maximum speed of just over two miles per hour.  The boat will travel through several scenes that feature audio-animatronic animals from three continents and lush tropical landscaping.  Each boat features a live cast member that will narrate your voyage and tell a variety of bad jokes and puns.

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Magic Carpets of Aladdin

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: May 24, 2001

Location: In the middle of Adventureland in front of Sunshine Tree Terrace and across from Jungle Cruise

Extra Magic Hours: Evening

FastPass+: Yes – low priority

Type: Carousel

Similar To: Dumbo the Flying Elephant, TriceraTop Spin

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Low.  It does fly fairly high over Adventureland, but it will only upset those severely fearful of heights.

What to Expect: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is an attraction in the same vein as TriceraTop Spin and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.  Riders board magic carpet themed vehicles attached to the middle hub.  The hub spins and the vehicles in turn spin slowly along with it.  Riders in front can move the carpet up or down and riders in the back control whether or not the carpet is slightly tilted forward or backward.  One fun addition is the camel that spits water.  Riders can try to position their carpet to hit or miss the water stream.  The water stream is relatively weak, so don’t expect to get too wet even with multiple direct hits.  In your author’s opinion, the Magic Carpets are deceptively fun.  It’s very cool flying high over Adventureland.

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Pirates of the Caribbean

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: December 15, 1973

Location: Across from Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland.  As you’re walking to Frontierland from Adventureland, you’ll see it on the left after passing Enchanted Tiki Room.  From Frontierland, it’s located on the right before you arrive at Aladdin’s Magical Carpets or Jungle Cruise.

Extra Magic Hours: Evening

FastPass+: Yes – low priority.

Type: Dark ride

Similar To: Living with the Land, only with pirates.  Or an indoor Jungle Cruise with fewer animals and more pirates.

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Low.  Pirates of the Caribbean shouldn’t scare most kids.  As you might expect, there are about 60 animatronic pirates throughout the ride, so if your tyke has a particular fear of pirates then this ride may present a problem.  There is a short 14 foot drop at the beginning of the ride, but it’s entirely benign and shouldn’t upset anyone.  The rest of the ride is smooth sailing, so to speak.

What to Expect: Most of the queue for Pirates of the Caribbean is inside and air-conditioned, which makes it a great candidate for an afternoon visit.  The queue isn’t among the most interesting, but there are a few things to look at and it generally moves fast.  Once you make it to the front of the line, you will board a boat that slowly meanders through the Pirate infested waters.  Be aware that some of the scenes are violent and do feature gun fire and cannon blasts.  It’s also dark throughout, but the scenes are well-lit and it’s always easy to see where you’re traveling.  In 2006, Disney updated Pirates of the Caribbean with characters from the movie of the same name.  You’ll now see Jack Sparrow throughout the ride as well as a special appearance by Davy Jones.

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Swiss Family Treehouse

by josh on May 15, 2010

Opened: October 1, 1971

Location: Adventureland across from Aloha Isle.

Extra Magic Hours: Evening

FastPass+: No

Type: A walk-through replica

Similar To: Unique

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Low.  There’s nothing intrinsically scary about the Treehouse, but it is high up at the top. Those with an extreme fear of heights may want to skip it. With the narrow walkways, it’s difficult or impossible to turn around and walk back in the opposite direction.

What to Expect: The Swiss Family Treehouse is modeled to look like the treehouse from the Disney Movie, Swiss Family Robinson and provides great (obstructed) views of the Park. The level of detail is striking, but generally goes under-appreciated because so few people are familiar with the Swiss family or their story.

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