Tarzan of the Apes is a 1912 pulp novella by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It has received several spin-offs and adaptations including a Disney animated feature-film in 1999.
Adaptations and spin-offs
The Legend of Tarzan
One of the tableaus in this defunct attraction was a recreation of the jungle from 1932's Tarzan the Ape Man and its sequels with audio-animatronics of Tarzan, Jane and an elephant which Jane rode.
This is a shop in Hong Kong Disneyland's Adventureland which is themed to being a jungle trading outpost run by Prof. Archimedes Q. Porter.
This attraction in Disneyland is themed to the 1999 Disney adaptation of Tarzan, representing the treehouse built by Tarzan's parents. It features representations of characters from the film such as Tarzan, Jane and Sabor. In the Disney Parks mythos, the treehouse is a species known as Disneyodendron semperflorens grandis (Latin: Large, always blooming Disney tree).
In this game, the Treehouse Juju is earned by finding petroglyphs in the trunk of Tarzan's Treehouse.
An article in this newspaper by "Tallahassee” Glover reports on how the Adventure Trading Company's newly found, "Treehouse Juju" can be used to decode the ancient petroglyphs of the treehouse. In this article, José from Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room was consulted to little avail with Shrunken Ned also being consulted and responding, "Ah yes, I’ve seen this Juju before, I used to have one. I would wear it around my neck. Bus as you can see, that has become rather hard these days!".
Tarzan's Treehouse is featured as part of the attraction in Hong Kong Disneyland's Jungle Cruise.
The gorillas from Tarzan hold some connections to those from the Jungle Cruise and might be of the same troop as both presumably live in the same region of the Congo. In Hong Kong Disneyland's version of the Jungle Cruise, a nearby radio plays the song, "Trashin' the camp" which comes from the film Tarzan from a scene where the film's gorillas performed a similar act. One of the gorillas in Disney's Tarzan homages the Jungle Cruise when it examines a rifle by holding its barrel to their face, an action taken from the gorillas of the ride.
Tarzan is referenced twice by Albert Awol in the loop for the Jungle Cruise from the Magic Kingdom. He is mentioned as being subject of a film called, "Tarzan and Me" (likely a counterpart to the real-world film Tarzan and his Mate ( 1934)) and Awol also imitates his distinctive call while clearing his throat.
The Treehouse Juju is modelled after the Swiss Family Robinson's treehouse from the film The Swiss Family Robinson (1960), potentially inferring a story connection. Additionally both treehouses were built in trees of the Disneyoendron species and in Tarzan's Treehouse is a victrola playing the Swiss Polka.
Prof. Porter is in possession of several Tiki Gods from the Tiki room that decorate the shelves of his trading outpost.
In other media
In the non-cannon Tales from Adventureland: The Golden Paw, the Tarzan's Treehouse is found abandoned in the Congo where it is being used by the Collective, the books' main antagonist group. In this book the tree's species is referred to as the, "Yesniddendron semperflorens grandis" with Yesnid being an anagram of Disney as opposed to its name in the park which is Disneyodendron semperflorens grandis.
- In Atlantis Subterranean Tours, Edgar Rice Burroughs is identified as having been one of Preston B. Whitmore's guests in his travels to Atlantis.
- This might be an allusion to how in the Return of Tarzan (1913), one of the settings featured is the lost city of Opar which is a lost colony of Atlantis.