Rumors have been swirling for months about Disney Parks getting a permanent Encanto (2021) presence.
The animated Disney movie has made records since its release last year, with its song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” hitting high notes on the Billboard music charts.
Now, Disney fans have the most concrete evidence they’ve had regarding a new Encanto attraction at a Disney Park.
The film’s songwriter, Lin-Manuel Miranda, told Insider that “The Imagineers are on it. I don’t know what they do or where they live, but I know they’re on it.”
What Disney Imagineers are working on, however, is still a mystery. Will the ride be at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Will the popular animated movie be at more than one theme park? Will the ride take over an already established Disney ride?
Hamilton and Moana (2016) musical hit-writer Miranda did not reveal any more details regarding what Imagineers are up to but did confirm that he wants to see the Madrigal family at Disneyland and/or Walt Disney World before doing anything else with the franchise. He also told Insider that “It was funny because everyone’s like, ‘Will there be a sequel? Will there be a show?’ and I said, ‘I want a ride before I want any of that.’”
Disneyland has already added a Mirabel Madrigal meet-and-greet character, an Encanto float to the returning Main Street Electrical Parade, and a brand-new nightly projection show on the facade of “it’s a small world” set to the chart-topping “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” earworm song.
Here at Disney Tips, we have our own predictions on which Disney ride could be making way for an Encanto attraction at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, or the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
OC Register recently revealed a refurbishment of a beloved attraction at the Disneyland Resort. Beloved 90s animated Disney character Tarzan will soon be swinging out of his treehouse at Disneyland Park to make room for a re-themed attraction.
Tarzan’s Treehouse has been closed to Guests since September 2021, a long refurbishment period that had eyebrows raised. Now, Disney officials have revealed that the attraction has been closed to reimagine Tarzan’s Treehouse in Adventureland with a new theme and backstory. The treehouse part of the attraction, however, is not being removed.
The walk-through attraction’s new backstory and reopening date have not yet been announced by Disneyland President Ken Potrock. According to reports, though, a new Disney character will make the 80-foot-tall man-made tree in Adventureland their home.
Are Walt Disney Imagineers planning on retheming Tarzan’s Treehouse to Encanto? Disney CEO Bob Chapek and Miranda were apparently in talks for a Disney Park Encanto experience long before Miranda’s Insider confirmation this week.
During an interview, Lin-Manuel Miranda talked about a conversation he had with Bob Chapek saying, “I talked to him and said, “I know there’s a world in which this casita lives in a theme park and we get to actually walk through it in real life.” The “walk through” element of Miranda’s quote here seems quite telling.
The treehouse is currently a walk-through attraction, and so if Chapek and Miranda are seeking an experience in which Guests can walk through the Madrigal family’s Casita, the treehouse could be fitting. Transforming the treehouse into a house would be a huge refurb, but then again, Imagineers did transform a 1930s Hollywood hotel into a Marvel ride!
Swiss Family Treehouse
Before the attraction at Disneyland was Tarzan’s Treehouse, it was known as Swiss Family Treehouse, which opened to Disney Guests in 1962, and featured concrete roots, steel limbs, and 300,000 leaves. Over in Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland, the Swiss Family Robinson (1960) movie theme remains. But is Swiss Family Treehouse next on Disney’s list of refurbishments?
The two treehouse attractions at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom are similar in nature, featuring a walk-rough climb, an Adventureland setting, and an already established tall structure.
Would Disney close Swiss Family Treehouse to make way for an identical ride for Walt Disney World Guests as at Tarzan’s Treehouse in Disneyland? Only time will tell.
Tower of Terror
The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout! transformation of the Twilight Zone Terror of Terror was a divisive refurb and one that left Guests still debating the change to this day.
Fans of the classic thrill ride can still experience its spooky theming at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, along with its famous 13-floor drop down an elevator shaft into The Twilight Zone.
Full of amazing references back to the television series starring Rod Serling, with a creepy library pre-show and incredibly themed lobby area, The Tower of Terror is synonymous with scares and “the glitz and the glitter” of Hollywood, but now, could the famous ride be transformed into an Encanto attraction?
We joked about this in a previous April Fool’s article, but rumors have swirled about Disney execs wanting to change the Tower of Terror as they did in Avengers Campus.
The attraction building, complete with Morocco theming to tie in with the EPCOT theme park’s World Showcase, would be a good fit for the Madrigal family’s Casita. The whimsically magical Magrigal home was gifted to the family via a magical candle, and since the building is sentient, it is practically a character in itself. The 13-story elevator drop could become part of the magic personality of the Encanto Casa Madrigal, pulling Guests through the numerous doors of each family member – Alma, Pepa, Julieta, Bruno, Dolores, Camilo, Antonio, Isabela, and Luisa.
And just like the Guardians version, we’re sure you’d hear music as the elevator drops. Guests could expect to hear the movie’s famous earworm songs like “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “The Family Madrigal” as characters like Mirabel and Bruno appeared in the attraction.
Or, will Disney Imagineers build Encanto its very own original ride, much like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT?
We’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear news regarding the now confirmed Encanto attraction, but in the meantime, we can look forward to the new TRON roller coaster coming soon to Magic Kingdom!