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  • [Chat] Swisskapolka

    I watched a bit of "Swiss Family Robinson" today, and there is a scene where middle son Ernst (Tommy Kirk*) discovers that the ship's pipe organ still works. Got me thinking about the "Swisskapolka" that used to play continuously from high atop the tree house. I have such a distinct memory of hearing that tune -- mostly, the lower, bass notes -- that was a constant background rhythm in the area. I remember walking in step to the beat, and I will always associate it with standing in line for Pirates. Well, at least, in that "side alley" area where the line used to switch back during busy days (I guess that's now part of the Indy queue?) I kind of miss it. Wait -- doesn't it still play, albeit in a different version, at a lower volume? I confess I haven't been up in the tree house for a long time -- perhaps only once since it got "De-Swissified". On a side note, it occurred to me that when the tree house was first built, it would have been an "IP-based attraction" -- something that seems to be decried quite a bit these days.

    *My childhood dentist was Tommy Kirk's brother!

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    I don't think I have been up that treehouse more than three times in the decade since it converted to Tarzan. The Swisskapolka is on enough park soundtracks that I can still enjoy it.

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    • #3
      They do play it a little at the very end, in that "playground" area. It's playing on an old phonograph.
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      • #4
        It still plays, but it's now playing on a phonograph in the little play area at the exit. Also, the little alley next to POTC is still used as a POTC switchback when it's busy out

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        • #5
          Thanks all for the info about the music still playing, and the little alley. I'm glad the alley is still there, but I wonder if it's used much at all?

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          • #6
            I sure do miss hearing, the soundtracks Swisskapolka from the "Swiss Family Robinson"Tree House
            all over Adventureland......Just glad , I do have a CD of that Attracton
            Last edited by Eagleman; 02-24-2017, 07:14 PM.
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            • #7
              One of my favorite memories: Going to the River Belle Terrace for breakfast, ordering Mickey Mouse pancakes, watching them made in front of me while I waited, and served on china plates. Then eating on the Adventureland side outdoors, listening to the Swisskapolka in the background.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Werner View Post
                Thanks all for the info about the music still playing, and the little alley. I'm glad the alley is still there, but I wonder if it's used much at all?
                Last time I saw it used was around August

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tomorrowland67 View Post
                  One of my favorite memories: Going to the River Belle Terrace for breakfast, ordering Mickey Mouse pancakes, watching them made in front of me while I waited, and served on china plates. Then eating on the Adventureland side outdoors, listening to the Swisskapolka in the background.
                  Ahhhh yes, that sounds wonderful! I also have fond memories of going to the River Belle and sitting out on the terrace in the cool quiet morning air.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wandering Optimist View Post
                    Last time I saw it used was around August
                    Interesting! Thanks, Wandering Optimist.

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                    • #11
                      No Problem, I'm going again in a week so I'll see if it's still in use.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tomorrowland67 View Post
                        One of my favorite memories: Going to the River Belle Terrace for breakfast, ordering Mickey Mouse pancakes, watching them made in front of me while I waited, and served on china plates. Then eating on the Adventureland side outdoors, listening to the Swisskapolka in the background.
                        Woe "The Good Old Days" ......that one of my favorite memories as well !
                        What a way to start your day , at "DISNEYLAND"

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                        • #13
                          I sure miss those River Belle Terrace breakfasts, too. The new setup with the table service BBQ doesn't seem to be a big hit. (Never seems too crowded -- maybe because it's overpriced.)
                          I keep hoping that this experiment will end and they bring back the breakfast. I've seen so many people wish for it here and at other DL websites. Fingers crossed on this one!
                          Last edited by Pips; 02-26-2017, 06:14 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pips View Post
                            I sure miss those River Belle Terrace breakfasts, too. The new setup with the table service BBQ doesn't seem to be a bit hit. (Never seems too crowded -- maybe because it's overpriced.)
                            I keep hoping that this experiment will end and they bring back the breakfast. !
                            River Belle Terrace, was very relaxing place, for breakfast near the River and watch theMark Twain ,steaming by
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                            Fingers crossed
                            Who knows ,I can hope on hearing again Swisskapolka in the background as well .

                            Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                            • #15
                              The ambiance of the water wheel and those bamboo cups taking the water up to the sink! The Swisskapolka playing from the organ with the sounds of birds coming from the Jungle Cruise. During Christmas the music changed to a Christmas theme. Now, the Swisskapolka is playing on the old Phonograph player, the sound altered to sound as if it's coming out of the speaker with skips, and needle dragging.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Triton View Post
                                The ambiance of the water wheel and those bamboo cups taking the water up to the sink! The Swisskapolka playing from the organ with the sounds of birds coming from the Jungle Cruise. During Christmas the music changed to a Christmas theme. Now, the Swisskapolka is playing on the old Phonograph player, the sound altered to sound as if it's coming out of the speaker with skips, and needle dragging.
                                I find that SAD too!
                                Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Eagleman View Post

                                  River Belle Terrace, was very relaxing place, for breakfast near the River and watch theMark Twain ,steaming by
                                  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~

                                  Fingers crossed
                                  Who knows ,I can hope on hearing again Swisskapolka in the background as well .
                                  that was by far one of the most peaceful breakfast areas especially in the morning when the park wasn't too crowded. Zocalo is nice but it doesn't have that same kind of charm to me.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Wandering Optimist View Post

                                    that was by far one of the most peaceful breakfast areas especially in the morning when the park wasn't too crowded. Zocalo is nice but it doesn't have that same kind of charm to me.
                                    I also miss the charm of River Belle Terrace !
                                    Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Werner View Post
                                      Thanks all for the info about the music still playing, and the little alley. I'm glad the alley is still there, but I wonder if it's used much at all?
                                      With how crowded the parks have been, I've seen the alley pretty much always in use in the middle of the day for Pirates. It can be accessed by going to the "left" (facing the Pirates building) line of the Pirates queue which will take you through the alley which I believe also has ADA access for the Dream Suite as well.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by TFN5459 View Post

                                        With how crowded the parks have been, I've seen the alley pretty much always in use in the middle of the day for Pirates. It can be accessed by going to the "left" (facing the Pirates building) line of the Pirates queue which will take you through the alley which I believe also has ADA access for the Dream Suite as well.
                                        It does, they built the elevator there when they converted the Gallery to the Dream Suite, presumably it'd also be used for the new 21 Royal restaurant.

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