Exciting news for Orange Bird fans! A new mural is coming to the Magic Kingdom today, featuring our favorite little citrus friend! The Orange Bird is an original Disney World character and has been gaining fans since the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971.
Senior Concept Designer Chris Gardner planned the artwork here in Florida, while Artist Abdul Delgado was charged with painting this Disney World icon. Back when the park first opened, the Florida Citrus Commission was an early sponsor. They sponsored Disney’s Sunshine Pavilion, Sunshine Tree Terrace, and Tropical Serenade (which would eventually be called Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room). Disney Artists worked to create the tiny character to represent the Citrus Commission. As the Magic Kingdom is the Orange Bird’s home and place of origin, it’s fitting that this Florida native would be honored there.
The mural can be found to the left of Sunshine Tree Terrace. It shows the Orange Bird holding what we have to assume is a Citrus Swirl, surrounded by orange blossoms. With the sun shining above him and love on his mind, this painting is a true celebration of Florida’s citrusy roots.
The next time you’re in the Magic Kingdom, you’ll have to head into Adventureland to give this cute little bird a peek. Don’t forget to grab a Citrus Swirl at Sunshine Tree Terrace while you’re there. It’s what the Orange Bird would want you to do!
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