Disneyland Facts & History > Adventureland (5)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye: The Mercedes truck parked outside of the Indiana Jones attraction, appears to be the same one used in the famous Raiders of the Lost Ark chase scene.
In the famed stunt sequence, Indy chases after the truck on a white horse. Then he boards it, takes it over, gets shot and pushed out of the cab, falls off the hood, gets dragged under and behind the truck, and eventually retakes the truck, securing the ark on board.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye: The Mercedes truck parked outside of the Indiana Jones attraction, appears to be the same one used in the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
A closer look reveals that the Mercedes hood ornament is missing. In the film's famous stunt sequence Indy breaks the hood ornament off as he falls off of the truck's hood, eventually getting dragged underneath.
This hundred and ten year-old Canary Date Palm, towers above the other Adventureland flora.
When Walt Disney Enterprises purchased the land from the Dominguez family, keeping this tree was one of the stipulations. Planted in 1896, the Canary Islands date palm was presented to the Dominguez family as a wedding gift. When Disneyland construction began in 1955, the date palm was moved to its current location in Adventureland.
These photos show the date palm's base, as well as the date palm's trunk (and the bamboo growing around it). The new Jungle Cruise queue building was built up to within a few inches of the tree's trunk, but great care was taken to not harm the historic Dominguez Palm.
Tarzab's Treehouse: A phonograph left behind by the treehouse's previous residents, plays a familiar tune - the Swisskapolka. The music acts a reminder of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, which had been a part of Disneyland since 1962. The attraction opened two years after the release of the Disney feature, Swiss Family Robinson. A commercial success for Disney Studios, the film was about a family that had been marooned on a deserted South Pacific island.
In February 1999, the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse was closed. After a short remodel, the tree house was reopened on June 23 as Tarzan's Treehouse - coinciding with the release of Walt Disney Pictures's Tarzan on June 18, 1999.
The phonograph plays a song from the film Swiss Family Robinson, which was originally released in 1960 by Buena Vista Distribution, a former division of Walt Disney Studios. The Swisskapolka was officially uncredited, but the tune was played several times throughout the film.