April 17, 2012, 9:33 AM ·
I was excited with the hidden tribute to the Orange Bird behind the Sunshine Tree Terrace. Now I'm freaking out with the return of the ORIGINAL restored Orange Bird.
The Orange Bird was an character that was made specifically for WDW to promote the Florida Citrus Growers Commission. He was the mascot for the Enchanted Tiki room for a decade as well as fresh oranges from Florida. Would sit and swing on the Sunshine Tree and could only think orange thoughts. You could meet him too, around the Sunshine Tree Terrace, and he might steal your Citrus Swirl! There was even an album featuring songs written by the Sherman brothers telling the story of the adorable bird.
Here's the link to the Armchair Archivist episode covering the cute little bird. I've also had the pleasure to work with Steve a few times on the Jungle Cruise before he landed his amazing job at the archives.
On another note, the torches above the counter at the Sunshine Tree Terrace are working again! This too makes me very happy. Could they be bringing back all the amazing torches that filled the land with real firelight at night? At this point, I might believe it.