Thursday, April 14, 2011

Orange Bird

Back in February it was reported on Disney World's official blog that the famous "Orange Bird" is back!  Here is the link:  The Florida Orange Bird Returns

Do you remember the Orange Bird?  He appeared exclusively at the Magic Kingdom in the 1970s, and recently reappeared on new T-shirts available in EPCOT. 

I just hope it's still available this summer.  Got to have one!

For those of you not familiar with the Orange Bird, here is a little history of it's inception:

In 1967, Walt Disney and the Florida Citrus Commission (FCC) put together a plan for a FCC sponsored WDW attraction (a tropical bird show).  In the following years, WED Enterprises created the Orange Bird character to serve as the official mascot, and into the 80's he was a citrus icon available to meet in the park at the Sunshine Tree Terrace.  Merchandise and advertising were built around the Orange Bird and the campaign to have tourists buy more oranges and orange juice.  If you ever went to the park in the 70's/early 80's, you can't help to not forget the orange bird.  Back then, Orlando was but a mere small town surrounded by orange groves.  The prescence of the Forida Citrus Commission and the Orange Growers was obvious.

Cheers to the Orange Bird!

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