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Vintage Walt Disney World: The Orange Bird Then and Now

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

I don’t remember a bird causing this much excitement in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park since Zazu and Iago announced their departure from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room a while back. I am, of course, speaking of the return of Orange Bird and the Citrus Swirl to Sunshine Tree Terrace.

Above is a look at Orange Bird hanging out in Adventureland back in July 1974. I’m sure he’s dreaming about getting his hands on a delicious Citrus Swirl, and I can’t say I blame him. I even headed out into the park with my friend Flossie to try some of that Citrus Swirl deliciousness for myself last week. (I’m always looking for an excuse to go out into the parks on a “work assignment”).

It really is the perfect treat while in Magic Kingdom Park on a warm summer day.

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  • I’m going to echo what Todd said above, we need a meet and greet with the Orange Bird! I also agree that it is nice to see lost details brought back to WDW. Keep up the good work!

  • It’s so wonderful to see some of the lost past details being restored to the parks. It may seem a small thing, but these kinds of details mean a lot to many of us park fans!

  • The second photo is awesome, too! :)

    • Hahaha. This made me laugh out loud. :)

  • We were there 3 weeks ago and sadly the swirl machine was down. Next time I hope.

  • That first photo is so awesome!

    • I thought so too!

  • soooooooo will we see a meet and greet of the Orange Bird? Will he be hanging out again?

  • They are terrific for a mid-morning brunch!

    Oh, and what a terrific look back at our little friend, the Orange Bird!

    • They really are perfect any time of the day!

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