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Adventureland

Adventureland is exotic yet somehow familiar, as if you'd seen it before in a Tarzan movie, or in half remembered images from National Geographic or The Discovery Channel. The architecture shows hints of Africa, the Amazon, the Caribbean, and with an accent of Arabia, too. There are hundreds of species of plants from across the globe, kept lush with hidden heaters when the temperature makes the occasional dip below freezing.

Attractions

Pirates of the Caribbean.
Before there was the hit film franchise with Johnny Depp, there was the ride which inspired the movies. Now, it has come full circle, with elements from the films incorporated into the ride.

In this jolly attraction we follow the progress of a band of buccaneers, now led by Captain Barbossa, as they bombard the fort protecting a Caribbean town, then sack, loot and pillage, get drunk, and burn the town down around themselves while incidentally seeking Captain Jack Sparrow, who turns up several times along the way.

This is one of The Magic Kingdom's must see attractions. While it develops long lines at peak hours the ride's high capacity tends to keep 'em moving fairly quickly, and the fortress like queue area does a good job of setting the mood while you wait (it's also covered and air conditioned, making it a good bet on hot or rainy afternoons).

Fans of the Disneyland attraction will notice that this version is shorter than its California counterpart, which has a longer way to go to get under the railroad tracks to the building that actually houses most of the ride.



The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
It's a simple hub-and-spoke spinning ride like Dumbo, but with magic carpets (and watch out for those spitting camels).

The Enchanted Tiki Room, Under New Management.
The Disneyland version of the Tiki Room was Walt Disney's first audio-anamatronic (prerecorded sound with robots) attraction, opening in 1963. It was a musical review, wherein "the birds sing words and the flowers croon." It was like that for years in Florida, too, but now there's new management in charge, Iago (from Aladdin) and Zazu (The Lion King), to keep things lively and remake the attraction for a new generation. The birds still sing but now Iago cracks jokes and there's a more intense ending that may frighten some small children due to loud noises and darkness. The show is just over 15 minutes long.

Swiss Family Treehouse.
Johann David Wyss' story of a shipwrecked Swiss family became a Disney film in 1960 that featured a fantastic treetop dwelling fashioned from materials salvaged from the wrecked ship. This version of their tropical dreamhouse even has running water delivered by an ingenious system of interest to the mechanically inclined.

The tree itself is a masterwork of the imagineering art that looks real even at fairly close range -- despite the convenient stairs and walkways in place so guests may walk through the display. (It does involve a lot of walking and stair climbing, making the attraction inaccessible to the wheelchair bound and the easily tired.)

The Jungle Cruise.
This aging Disney classic ride is still fun, as you ship out on a small launch (somewhat reminiscent of The African Queen -- the boat, not the movie) and travel down jungle rivers encountering elephants, hippos, natives, and an abandoned temple. The quality of your experience is dependent on the skills and enthusiasm of the captain of your ship, who must be both driver and stand up comic.

The line for this ride can be deceiving, as it follows a path almost as long as the Amazon River itself as it snakes its way toward the loading area. Waits longer than an hour in season are not uncommon -- so ride early before the crowds descend or get a FastPass.

Small, radio controlled jungle cruise boats are located near-by for kids that want to try skippering one themselves (Extra charge).

Dining

Aloha Isle (sponsored by Dole) features tasty pineapple products (Dole Whip!) and fruity snacks.

Prefer citrus? Try the Sunshine Tree Terrace, where, in addition to orange slushes they also sell cappuccino and espresso (Note: it's not always open in the off season.)

El Pirata Y el Perico Restaurante, near Pirates of the Caribbean, serves tacos, nachos, and other Mexican style foods. A lot of people miss this small stand (since, for one thing, it's only open in the busy seasons) so it can often be a good, uncrowded choice for a quick meal when near-by places are overflowing.

Cold drinks and snacks are also to be found at The Oasis, near the Jungle Cruise.

Shopping

Shops of note include: Bwana Bob's (tropical bags, sunglasses, etc.), Island Supply (surfer gear, Dude!), Agrabah Bazaar (Aladdin souvenirs and safari themed gear), Zanzibar Trading Company (African and jungle collectables), The Crows Nest (film and batteries), and Plaza Del Sol Caribe Bazaar (pirate paraphernalia for your jolly little Roger).

Where To?

Adventureland is between Frontierland and Main Street USA.


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