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Adventureland is one of the original themed, "Lands" of the Disney Parks, traditionally being represented as being a tropical jungle locale with an anachronistic setting.

Description[]

Adventureland is an anachronistic tropical locale (or rather conglomerate of tropical locales from across the globe), traditionally set around the early 20th century though frequently dipping into different time periods. Adventureland is home to many groups, bodies and characters interconnecting it such as the Jungle Navigation Company, Adventureland Chamber of Commerce, pirates of the Caribbean, the archaeological expeditions of Indiana Jones, and even the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The plaque commemorating Adventureland featured a Jungle Cruise boat and reads,

"Here is adventure. Here is romance. Here is mystery. Tropical rivers- silently flowing into the unknown. The unbelievable splendor of exotic flowers...the eerie sound of the jungle...with eyes that are always watching. This is Adventureland. -Walt Disney"[1]

Locations[]

  • Agrabah, Arabia: Agrabah is a fictitious Arabian kingdom from the film Aladdin (1992) which is frequently used to represent Arabia and the middle-east in the parks. Due to this, other Arabian/middle-eastern settings in Adventureland are presumed to also take place in Agrabah; particularly those highly regarding the 1001 Arabian Nights stories.
  • Amazon Rainforest:
  • Cambodia:
    • Indian Elephant Bathing Pool:
    • Shir Lee's Temple: The Cambodians Ruins were a buddhist shrine with stone statues depicting the likeness of Jayavarman VII, the post-humous name of Mahaparamasaugata (c. 1122-1218), a king of the Khmer Empire in present-day Siem Reap, Cambodia. These buildings were laid to ruin in an unidentified flood from the river and went on to become home to wildlife. A temple in the ruins was given the nickname of, "Shir Lee's Temple" as an allusion to 1930s child actress Shirley Temple.
  • Caribbean Sea: The Caribbean Sea is most frequently used in Adventureland to represent the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
    • Isla Tesoro: Isla Tesoro is a cursed Caribbean island which was colonized by the Spanish who established the town of Puerto Dorado which held a massive treasure. During the golden age of piracy, the island was ransacked by the pirate ship The Wicked Wench in a race to get the treasure before Captain Jack Sparrow. While Sparrow got the treasure first, it was the Wench's crew who got it in the end and built a lair in the caverns of Dead Man's Cove on the island before their death at the hands of the treasure. Before this, the island was transformed into a pirate haven though the curse of the Wench's crew left the island in haunted ruins.
    • Tortuga: Tortuga is an island in Haiti which was a notorious pirate-haven during the golden age of piracy. While historically, Tortuga ceased to harbour pirates in the latter end of the 17th century, in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise it continued to be a pirate's utopia into the 1720s.
  • Congo Basin:
  • Florida:
    • Sunshine Tree: The Sunshine Tree and respective Sunshine Tree Terrace are Adventureland locations which grow oranges and are the home of the Orange Bird. It was located along Lake Buena Vista and used by W.E.D. Enterprises, Inc. to harvest oranges for the Bay Lake Produce Company.[2]
  • Lost Delta, India:
    • Leprechaun Tree:
    • Mekong Boathouse: This victorian style boathouse along the Mekong River was constructed c. 1911 to serve as a jungle outpost for one Col. Blumbert. The boathouse would later be acquired by the Jungle Navigation Company who used it as one of their most prominent boathouses and establishments. It was built adjacent to a large and very old palm-tree.
    • Temple of the Forbidden Eye: The Temple of the Forbidden Eye was a large temple which was dedicated to worship of the goddess Mara. It was lost in a flood around 65 BC and in the 1930s became excavated by the Lost Delta Archaeological Expedition.
  • New Switzerland:
  • North Africa:
  • Polynesia:
    • Aloha Isle:
    • Enchanted Tiki Room: The Enchanted Tiki Room is a building enchanted by the tiki gods to be filled with talking birds, singing flowers and animate tiki sculptures. Outside of the tiki room were water features and sculptures of various Māori deities that were responsible for the mysticism of the tiki room.
    • Liki Tikis:
    • Tahitian Terrace:
    • Tropical Hideaway: The Tropical Hideaway was an outdoors restaurant located between the Enchanted Tiki Room and Polynesian docks of the Jungle Navigation Company. In its history, it was a meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers who commemorated different river expeditions along its walls.

Fauna[]

Inhabitants[]

Agrabah[]

Amazon Rainforest[]

Caribbean[]

Congo Basin[]

Florida[]

Lost Delta[]

New Switzerland[]

Nile[]

Polynesia[]

Assorted[]

History[]

Background[]

Development History[]

Adventureland was originally conceived as "True-Life Adventureland", a tribute to the True-Life Adventure, "Documentary" films made by Walt Disney.

Attractions[]

Disneyland[]

Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye[]

Jungle Cruise[]

Tarzan's Treehouse[]

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room[]

Magic Kingdom[]

A Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas[]

Jungle Cruise[]

Liki Tikis[]

Magic Carpets of Aladdin[]

Pirates of the Caribbean[]

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse[]

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room[]

Disneyland Paris[]

Adventure Isle[]

Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril[]

Tokyo Disneyland[]

Hong Kong Disneyland[]

Jungle River Cruise[]

Festival of the Lion King[]

Liki Tikis[]

Appearances and allusions[]

Adventure Trading Company[]

The backstory of this game regards a group known as the Adventure Trading Company travelling to Adventureland around what is presumably 1935 after having previously made stops in the Lost River Delta of South America, Mystic Point in Papua New Guinea, and the Port of Harambe in East Africa. The lands are further tied together by the newspaper The Daily Gnus which apparently is published throughout Adventureland's settings.

Disney Explorers Lodge[]

In this resort, Mickey and Minnie Mouse's passports can be found and show multiple visa stamps on them. Among them are the sigil for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Mystic Manor, Adventureland and Hong Kong. This would show them as having some affiliations with the society in their travels.

Disneyland Railroad[]

Adventureland is passed through on the Disneyland Railroad where the conductor mentions it being inhabited by lions, tigers and tiki birds.[3] On this route guests pass by a snarling black panther, hear an elephant trumpeting in the distance, and a small wooden landing.

Jungle Cruise[]

A large wooden sign reading, "Adventureland" is featured overtop the docks of the Jungle Navigation Company's Mekong base. The Global Broadcasting Service's Nigel Greenwater also refers to the Jungle Cruise as departing from the, "Docks of Adventureland". An advertisement within the Mekong advertises Jungle Cruise boats as departing from the, "Adventureland Dock".[4]

Skipper Survival Guide[]

Adventureland is referred to as a place in this fictitious history for the Jungle Cruise with the Jungle Navigation Company setting up a boathouse establishment along the Mekong river in the Lost Delta. It is revealed that the success of the JNC with Hollywood and tourism industries lead to the different businesses established throughout Adventureland.

Skipper Canteen[]

A certificate in this restaurant reveals that in 1937 the Jungle Navigation Company's president Alberta Falls was named business (wo)man of the year by the Adventureland Chamber of Commerce.[5] There is also a letter addressed to Rosita from the Tiki Room with, "Adventureland" being listed as the Tiki Room's location.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom[]

Adventureland is featured for three missions in this interactive game where the Greek god Hades allies himself with the villains Scar, Yzma and Jafar to try and take over the Magic Kingdom via stealing a magic crystal. He offers Yzma in particular the position of Empress of the Adventureland if she assists him.

Toy Story Midway Mania[]

In the queue for this attraction is a board-game titled, "Walt Disney's Adventureland Game". It is one of the board-games found in the bedroom collection of a young Andy.[6]

In other media[]

Tales from Adventureland[]

Adventureland is the namesake of these books which are based on different Adventureland properties.

Trivia[]

  • The nature of Adventureland being referred to as a literal place are unknown given how its respective stories rarely (if-ever) support this. Theories and speculation do exist however.
    • It is possible that the use of the name, "Adventureland" is non-diegetic and shorthand for the audience to replace the name in their readings with whatever the setting for a respective attraction is.
    • It is possible that in-world Adventureland is not a specific place but rather a term used for several tropical locations that meet certain criteria.
    • Another possibility is that Adventureland is the name given to certain locales which are connected by certain bodies and/or organization such as the Adventureland Chamber of Commerce or Jungle Navigation Company.
    • Another possibility is that the different regions of Adventureland are connected through paranormal means and that guests traversing Adventureland is literal to how characters can travel throughout it in continuity. However there is no real indication towards this within the different attractions outside of referencing different places and many stories seem to contradict this.
  • Adventureland is the source of inspiration behind Adventure Isle in Shanghai Disneyland, the Lost River Delta in Tokyo DisneySea, and Mystic Point in Hong Kong Disneyland.

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