La Cabane des Robinson
|At A Glance
||Exploration adventure set
aimed at adults and children, with plenty of places to clamber
round and generally explore, those afraid of heights, the
dark, or confined spaces may not enjoy some areas.
Swiss Family Robinson's Treehouse is built into a replica of a
giant Banyan tree, and is one of the most well known attractions
featured at a Disney theme park.
The Disneyland Paris version features four levels,
accessed via spiralling staircase reaching into the upper branches
of the tree. The Library and Kitchen are both on the ground (first)
level, whilst the Lounge or Family Room area is on the second
level. The third and fourth levels of the treehouse house the
family sleeping quarters.
Each room within the treehouse is labelled by a descriptive
plaque written by one of the family members, and as with the other
theme parks includes a high level of detail put in by the Disney
Imagineers to really give the impression that the rooms could
be lived in.
The tree housing the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse
is actually built from a tubular steel construction, with each
of the leaves being made from polythene, and being individually
hand glued to the supporting steel branch superstructure. It rises
to a height of approximately 90 feet above the surrounding theme
Underneath the treehouse, tucked into the 'Roots
of the tree' is La Ventre de la Terre (the Root Cellar), a dark
maze dimly lit by flickering lamps, and another great place for
children to explore, though probably not a place for anyone with
a big fear of the dark or that suffers from bad claustrophobia.
The theming of the Treehouse is based on the Swiss
Family Robinson story by Johann David Wyss.