Why Citrus Matters: Thoughts on the Restoration of Details and Quality in Adventureland
A few months ago, I wrote an essay on the Sunshine Tree Pavilion and how it’s component parts make up a thematic statement for Adventureland. This, of course, was in reference to the fact that the Enchanted Tiki Room had returned to the pavilion and was once again gracing the Magic Kingdom with a classic, cogent, and particularly unifying piece of performance art that is the hearthstone of what a Magic Kingdom should be.
In Florida, we are particularly lucky. We might not be the original Magic Kingdom, but we are an extension and variation on that theme. We have our own unique history, our own version of concepts and attractions originally from Disneyland. The Sunshine Tree Pavilion is one of these aspects; it surrounds the Tiki Room show itself, and gives it texture and flavor to our Adventureland that is totally our own. The complex has unique architecture and flair. The Tiki Room’s story itself is expanded through a humorous pre show that hints to the mythologized origins of the show, and pokes fun at the rest of Adventureland. And the Sunshine Pavilion even has its own eatery, rounding out the offerings with tropical delicacies and thoughtful menu choices to reflect the South Seas mood.
Of course, this was slowly whittled away over the years. We lost the original show. We lost the original aesthetics. We even lost Florida’s original name for the show, being the “Tropical Serenade”. And in the Sunshine Tree Terrace, where citrus inspired treats had been guest’s favorites for years, we lost the unique fare that made the Sunshine Tree Pavilion a full fledged entity in Adventureland.
But from this nadir, the original Enchanted Tiki Room show was reinstated after a series of bizarre and frankly, fateful circumstances.
And now, several months later, another piece of the original puzzle has come back into place: The Citrus Swirl.
Its a simple ice cream treat, from the heady, early days of WDW, but its a bit more than that, too.
Its a small victory in terms of getting a vestige of quality back into the Walt Disney World Resort.
Its a bit of unique texture and taste coming back to be enjoyed by guests.
Its simply a nice thing.
There’s nothing wrong with this. And it certainly doesn’t mean that the problems of the Magic Kingdom are solved in one fell swoop. But…
The return of the Citrus Swirl is indicative of attention to detail and that there are people in places that remember the unique qualities of the Vacation Kingdom and are brokering for their return.
A simple appreciation of a simple thing is the base of this expose, and hopefully the terrain of thought surrounding it. In the end, if more and more details come to be appreciated, more and more will come to pass. The texture of Walt Disney World that so many of us love and miss revolves around this restoration of things missing, things forgotten, things craved.
Small fixes, small victories, and small steps to pave a path for greater change in Walt Disney World.
So, kudos to whomever pushed this through. Thank you for remembering a tangible piece of Disney World History that is now back in the Vacation Kingdom of the World and thus, slowly starting to revitalize what’s sorely been missing for a few years.
I greatly look forward to seeing what else you can do with this mindset.