Orange Bird Spotted at Walt Disney World Resorts

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Orange Bird is one of Walt Disney World most iconic characters, and now you can find him outside of the Parks! We are always excited to find new activities featuring our favorite Disney characters, so we’re excited to share this new resort activity with you today.

Even with many fans, not everyone is familiar with Orange Bird and his ties with the Walt Disney World Resort. As a character, he has a long history with the Walt Disney World Company, dating back to the beginnings of The Florida Project.

The History of Orange Bird

Orange Bird Mural Disney Springs

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Debuted in the 1970s, Orange Bird was created specifically for Magic Kingdom Park. In partnership with the state of Florida, he was created as a mascot to promote Florida citrus.

Originally, the iconic bird resided in Adventureland, greeting Guests at Sunshine Tree Terrace. Additionally, Orange Bird promoted fresh citrus at Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village (now Disney Springs) in the mid-1970s.

Historic Orange Bird Lake  Buena Vista Shopping Village

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In the 1980s, he disappeared from Walt Disney World, and some Guests feared the character was gone for good. However, in 2012, he returned to Magic Kingdom Park in Adventureland to greet guests again. Since then, he has come back in all his glory throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

Recently, in 2019, Disney Imagineers created and painted a mural at Disney Springs featuring the iconic bird. You can find Orange Bird merchandise throughout the Parks and Disney Springs, and now you will even find him throughout the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.

Orange Bird at Disney’s Old Key West

While you’re visiting Walt Disney World, stop by Disney’s Old Key West Resort to try out a new Orange Bird activity. Great for kids or Guests of all ages, you’re invited to search the resort to find where the iconic bird is hiding each day. Keep your eyes out because he’s hiding somewhere new around the resort every day.


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Once you find Orange Bird, head to the Community Hall to receive a button. If you find your tropical friend for four days in a row and return to the Community Hall each day after the fourth day, you can receive a prize!

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While you’re relaxing at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, make sure to stop by the Community Hall for daily activities. Daily fun activities include Mickey tie dye, coloring, crafts, movie nights, and more fun for everyone to enjoy.

You can find the resort’s Community Hall near the main sand castle pool, along with many of the featured dining locations. The hall is located next to the Electric Eel Game Room, Good’s Food to Go, The Gurgling Suitcase, and Olivia’s Cafe.

Have you found Orange Bird around Disney’s Old Key West? Let us know in the comments below!

About Megan Losey

As a Disney foodie, I love writing about Disney food and snacks. Some of my favorites are the Carrot Cake Cookie from Trolley Car Cafe, the Mickey Beignets from Port Orleans French Quarter, and the Apple Blossom from Port Orleans Riverside. When I'm visiting the parks, you can find me on Main Street taking in the good vibe of Magic Kingdom or relaxing with a drink at the Polynesian watching the fireworks from the beach. As a previous Cast Member, I will always have a special place in my heart for the Magic Kingdom, especially Main Street U.S.A.