My favorite Disney treat of all time is the Sunshine Tree Terrace orange slush! I ran across this photo of us enjoying this creamy treat in 1978. I am the one that refuses to look at the camera because the slush is just that good.
If you look closely on the cup you can see the Orange Bird. At this time the Sunshine Tree Terrace was sponsored by the Florida Citrus Commission and Disney WED created this little guy to serve as their mascot. In the 70’s he was used in many advertising campaigns but the only place you could actually meet him was at Walt Disney World on the steps of the Sunshine Tree Terrace.
This little guy left the parks in 1981 but recently Walt Disney World has re-released some of his retro gear. I just think he is so darn cute and I am glad Disney retains the rights to him and he may reappear at any time!
UPDATE: I guess Disney listened. Since I wrote this post the Orange Bird has returned and can be found at the parks! Here is some of the new merchandise….