Ever wondered who is Orange Bird and how did he come to be a part of the Disney family?
When Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, the Florida Citrus Commission sponsored the Tropical Serenade attraction in the Magic Kingdom. In return, Disney created Orange Bird for the Florida Citrus Commission to use as their mascot and in advertisements for Florida oranges. Throughout the next ten years, Orange Bird was prominently featured in Adventureland’s Sunshine Tree Terrace and was even a walk-around character that provided a sunny greeting to all who visited the Magic Kingdom. Yet when Disney and the Citrus Commission went their separate ways in the mid-1980′s, Orange Bird was retired to the Disney Archives.
Although gone, this former face of Florida's beloved fruit was never forgotten. Thus, when Walt Disney World marked its 40th Anniversary, Orange Bird was located, restored and brought back as part of that momentous celebration. Most notably, Orange Bird now has his place back at Sunshine Tree Terrace. Also, a new marquee sign with his likeness was also created for the quick service refreshment location.
Along with its reintroduction to Disney, the merchandising of Orange Bird is also in full swing with t-shirts, pins, hats, cups, and more.
During your next Walt Disney World vacation, be sure to take a moment to say “Hi” to Orange Bird. And don't forget to reward yourself with another returning favorite, a refreshing orange vanilla Citrus Swirl frozen dessert. So glad to have you both back where you belong!