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Swiss Family Treehouse reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Swiss Family Treehouse, a walk through in Adventureland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

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Posted: December 12, 2013

Inspired by Walt Disney's 1960 movie, Swiss Family Robinson, The Swiss Family Treehouse is the first attraction you'll encounter when entering Adventureland from Main Street USA. The Treehouse is a single-file walk through the elaborate treehouse built by the castaways on the branches of an enormous (man-made) Banyan tree.

Unfortunately, many guests mistake the treehouse entrance for the line to the Jungle Cruise, which is actually farther down the path to the left. They leave happy to have walked through the most elaborate queue ever, but turn mad when they learn that they haven't gotten any closer to getting on one of the boats. Don't be like them.

The treehouse is a fun diversion for kids, especially older-elementary and middle school students who know the Swiss Family Robinson story. Wait to visit until later in the evening, when the sun goes down and the crowd diminishes, so that you have time to linger, allowing your imagination to come alive in the shadows.

Readers' rating:

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61 votes, so far

About as amazing as a walk through can get. Ever since I was a child, the treehouse in the movie and then in the parks sparked my imagination. No, it's not a ride, but if we want to talk about complete immersive environments, this is it. It's so tangible, with the size, the action of climbing so many steps, even the flora adds a legit tropical smell to the air. It doesn't take much time to experience, but it's worth at least 15 minutes of your time. - Ringmaster A

This walkthrough attraction is of course no highlight, but do it, if you have some spare time. It offers a self paced one way walkthrough through an awesomely detailed and atmospheric tree house. Especially if you are running from one highlight to another, this is an excellent break to catch some fresh air while you still have this "different world" feeling. - Chris W.

If you read the book, this is what it probably would have looked like! Kids would love this. - B Higgins

It's actually very enjoyable if you can go when it doesn't have a crowd. There's a lot to see if you're not rushed. Plus, it has one of the greatest views in the Magic Kingdom. - Rob Pastor

An often overlooked experience, it's cute and a nice way to fill time. - Sean Huckel

Walked through it with the kids once. Once was enough. This would be great if it was free at a place like Downtown Disney or a resort. But doesn't fit with the "I paid a lot of money to see this" type of attraction. - Don Neal

Some may see this a bit of a non-event but it's actually quite nice. The angles of view of the surrounding areas that it offers are worth the climb. It also stimulates the imagination a little more than most other attractions. Joni Mitchell once told us that we don't know what we've got til it's gone. I think we'd miss the old fashioned quaintness of the tree should it ever be uprooted. - Rob P

This one, you can skip. After our long tiring journey through the Magic Kingdom, my son thought this was a cool walkthrough. We went, a very nice setting and props but pointless. - Brendan Harrison

It's an enjoyable way to spend half an hour, as long as there's not much of a line all the way round. Not something to do again and again though. - Lauren Hayhurst

never a wait so its a fun walk through. GREAT views of the castle and tomorrowland make the hike up worth it! - travis traymoore

Such a part of so many childhoods, the Treehouse is too-overlooked for the level of detail it has. Often makes me wonder if the spirit of adventure has died amongst the young. - Man-Eating Sharks

No wait, and it's fun for kids. - Mostly Anonymous

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