When Disney announced the return of the almost mythical Orange Bird to the Magic Kingdom, I knew I would make my way to the Sunshine Tree Terrace. What I couldn’t have expected is that I’d be moved by the experience. Sure I know the history but I’ve never been accused of having a great memory and the charming little Orange Bird always seemed cute enough to me but only on the periphery. I had never been able to enjoy his wonder and smile until the creation of this new memory and it was one that I’ll never forget.
Disney is my escape as it is for many of you but it is my nature to analyze everything down to its core and at its core the Sunshine Tree Terrace received nothing more than a refurbishment. But sometimes even the analytical mind must realize there is something more going on, that the feeling of joy that now exudes from this place is worthy of the emotions it brings about. The new Sunshine Tree Terrace is a place of character, charm and above all else, joy. The bright colors call your eyes, the smile from the little Orange Bird himself welcomes you home and the faces of happiness and wonder of the other guests, who are instantly transported to a simpler time when they receive their citrus swirl and Orange Bird cup, speaks of something more than just refreshment. Simple Disney fun? Perhaps but I actually think it is something more grand, because my time was almost magical at this spot in Adventureland.
The Orange Bird even gets his own attraction poster teaser…
Who wouldn’t want to pay a visit to this enchanting land of adventure with sunshine birds that resemble Florida’s finest fruit?
Not one but two attraction posters! The Orange Bird is back indeed!
This speaks for itself…
Can you tell the Orange Bird is happy to be back at the Magic Kingdom?
Disney did a great job making this poster blend in while standing out just enough to catch your attention as you pass on by.
Time for an early morning visit to the Sunshine Tree Terrace…and there is not a cloud in the sky.
You know there is just something special about this little fella…
This is one very special Disney sign.
You can’t help but smile too…
The Sunshine Tree Terrace is now an inviting space and these relatively small crowds will get much larger as the day progresses and of course as I make my return for my Citrus Swirl 😉
After a quick look at the Sunshine Tree Terrace earlier in the day, I return for a much closer look in the afternoon…
A neat spot to take a short break on your Magic Kingdom day.
Torches weren’t on but when they are they add a great visual element to the Sunshine Tree Terrace.
Sun is fittingly shining down over the Sunshine Tree Terrace rooftops.
When Disney gets the little things right it shows and makes for something bigger than the sum of its parts.
This little guy really is something!
Ok enough touring, it is time to get in line before they get any longer!
It’s a completely rejuvenated area…oh and the other seating area for the Terrace visible in this photo.