There’s tons of awesomeness in every corner of Walt Disney World, but the Magic Kingdom is where the Florida magic got its start! And we’re headed there today!
Sunshine Tree Terrace
But its real claim to fame is the snack of legendary proportions that’s recently been restored to its former glory — the Citrus Swirl! And even though we’ve talked about it before…it’s about time to revisit this classic!
For all the talk about Disney history, this is the real deal. Sunshine Tree Terrace has been a staple of Magic Kingdom since the very first day the park was opened.
Originally, the spot served as a showcase for one of Adventureland’s biggest sponsors, Florida Citrus Growers (FCG). This was a great spot to get a refreshing glass of orange juice and other treats featuring the flavors of Florida.
Sunshine Tree Terrace was also the home of the Orange Bird. This little guy, created by Disney, became the mascot for FCG and was used in promotions, both inside and outside the park. And guests young and old were delighted to pose for pics with the Orange Bird at a character meet and greet!
Due to a very vocal Disney fan base, the Orange Bird, who had disappeared from this spot in the mid-80s, has now come home to roost once again!
Once you finish jumping up and down about the Orange Bird’s return, take a look around.
Seating for Sunshine Tree Terrace is all outdoors, and bumps up against the queue for Aladdin’s Magic Carpet ride.
It’s a nice spot away from the crowds, and you’ll find some of the tables shaded with umbrellas. It also faces Sunshine Tree Terrace, so it’s a great place to take in the details of this historical spot.
The Citrus Swirl
Sunshine Tree Terrace has returned to its roots — at least in part. While the FCG sponsorship is no more, you’ll find orange juice here, along with a wide array of other beverages. If it’s a snack you’re after, they offer soft serve as well as chips and cookies.
There are some real fan favorites on this menu. We’ve already mentioned the lemonade with wild berry foam and the (yum) pina colada slush. This is also a great spot for enjoying a Raspberry Lemonade Slush or a soft serve Root Beer Float.
But I was here for a pure shot of delicious nostalgia: the Citrus Swirl! This is one of my favorite Magic Kingdom Snacks!
The citrus swirl is a combination of vanilla soft serve and “orange slush” (in other words, frozen orange juice). You can get it in a float as well, but I opted for a cup during my visit.
This, my friends, is a fantastic combination: tart and sweet, creamy and fruity all at once. It is so much better than the faux-version that was available for a time at Aloha Isle, which used an orange sherbet-y concoction alongside the vanilla soft serve.
And don’t forget to pick up your very own Orange Bird Cup while you’re enjoying your citrus swirl! Now, if Orange Bird would just come out of retirement and begin greeting guests out front again, my childhood fantasies will be complete!
You guys know how much I love my Dole Whip Floats. But seeing the return of citrus swirl to Sunshine Tree Terrace makes my little Disney food-loving heart pitter pat. This is such a delicious treat, with the flavors of tart-orange juice and creamy vanilla soft serve. It’s also just plain beautiful, and a great reminder of the fact that you aren’t just at Disney, but you’re also in Florida.
I am so happy that Orange Bird and his wonderful little treat have come home. I hope that we all have many years of enjoying Sunshine Tree Terrace and these special touches ahead of us.
Is a trip to Adventureland to see the Orange Bird and to snack on a citrus swirl a Disney must do for you? Leave a comment and tell us about your experience!