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Vintage Walt Disney World: The Orange Bird Then and Now

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

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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Ryan from NC on May 31st, 2012 at 9:49 am

They are terrific for a mid-morning brunch!

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


Nate Rasmussen on May 31st, 2012 at 2:40 pm

They really are perfect any time of the day!


Todd on May 31st, 2012 at 10:59 am

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


Thomas from IN on May 31st, 2012 at 11:18 am

That first photo is so awesome!


Nate Rasmussen on May 31st, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I thought so too!


Brian on May 31st, 2012 at 11:23 am

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


Amy on May 31st, 2012 at 12:07 pm

The second photo is awesome, too! :)


Nate Rasmussen on May 31st, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Hahaha. This made me laugh out loud. :)


Donald on May 31st, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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!


Danielle on May 31st, 2012 at 3:47 pm

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!