Swiss Family Treehouse
Opened: October 1, 1971
Location: Adventureland across from Aloha Isle.
Extra Magic Hours: No
Type: A walk-through replica
Similar To: Unique
Scary Factor: Low. There’s nothing intrinsically scary about the Treehouse, but it is high up on 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. You proceed to walk up and through it. The level of detail is striking, but generally goes underappreciated because so few people are familiar with the Swiss family or their story. The Treehouse also provides a great photo opportunity and view from the top, overlooking the entire Magic Kingdom.
When To Go: Visit in the afternoon, after you’ve completed most of your itinerary. Although it’s outside, the Treehouse is well shaded and cooler than other exposed parts of the Kingdom.
Expect to Wait: Waits of any appreciable length are rare. At most, you may find a wait around ten minutes if you visit when the crowd level is an eight or above and Magic Kingdom is expressly not recommended.
Length: It takes about 10 minutes to walk through and casually check out the rooms and exhibits. Because walkways are narrow, it’s difficult to go any faster or slower than guests around you.
Commentary: The Swiss Family Treehouse is an unnecessary attraction for most people, unless you have a particular affinity for the Swiss Family Robinson or treehouses in general. If you have the time then it’s certainly worth a look, but I wouldn’t recommend it over riding one of the major rides. On the plus side, it does offer some gorgeous views of the Magic Kingdom and some shade.