Have you ever wondered why the Orange Bird is such a popular character at Walt Disney World Resort? He’s just as popular as Epcot’s Figment character among Disney fans, but the character is nowhere to be found when it comes to attractions, movies, or TV series. Regardless, the bird is certainly an icon at the Orlando area Disney Parks. Just who is this mystery citrus-based bird? It turns out the bird has a rich history with both Disney and the state of Florida!
The Orange Bird is a character created by the Walt Disney Company for the Florida Citrus Commission. The mascot was used to promote the citrus industry and Disney’s new theme park in the early 1970s. Knowing the character’s origin and purpose will help Disney fans understand how the character grew to be an icon.
The Origin of Orange Bird
And beautiful leafy wings
He’s a fluffy little puffy sight to see
He can turn your frown around
When you see him looking down
The little Orange Bird up in the Sunshine Tree”
Long, lost Disney Parks character
Merchandise and Food
Of course, we still find many references to Orange Bird today given the character’s pop culture status. From plush toys and Funko Pop figures, to supper cups and apparel, the citrus bird is seen in a wide range of merchandise! There’s also been several citrus-based treats made available at Disney Parks over the years to celebrate the character.
It’s certainly unique to be both a Disney character and a commercial mascot. We hope you enjoy learning more about this iconic Disney Parks character!
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