Before being revised and renamed as Tarzan’s Treehouse, this Disneyland attraction was known for decades as the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. Why do I call this attraction a miss? In a nutshell, it is based on a forgettable Disney animated film. I know, I know–people don’t remember Swiss Family Robinson, either. But the original attraction perhaps inspired guests to look into some classic Disney history and learn a bit more about the film. With “Tarzan’s Treehouse,” well, most people will remember that it was a film from the late 1990s. It’s doubtful the attraction will inspire anyone to go look up more about the film.
It’s unfortunate Disney took the easy way out and used its animated film to inspire the revision to the attraction. If Disney felt that Swiss Family Robinson was no longer relevant, why not create something completely new? Come up with an original story and draw guests in. If you have to use a film, pick one of the beloved ones, not the latest “hit” that will be a second-tier film in Disney animation history.
Anyone want to defend Tarzan’s Treehouse and persuade me that I’m wrong? 🙂