Guest Sneaks Into Native American Village at Disneyland

A Disneyland guest surreptitiously entered the off-limits Native American village along the Rivers of America attraction and recorded video footage of the audio-animatronic figures up close. The Instagram user @joneshousing shared a video on March 20, 2024, showing them sitting within the village area and panning across different animatronic characters, even asking one if the food was almost ready. Check out the video below:

 The Native American village along the Rivers of America has been a part of Disneyland since the park’s opening in 1955, initially located in Frontierland near Adventureland. In 1956, it was relocated to a more secluded area as part of the park’s expansion at a cost of $100,000. The village featured representations of various Native American tribes, including teepees, longhouses, totem poles, and a ceremonial dance circle. Native American cast members were encouraged to share their cultures and traditions with guests through performances, demonstrations, and interactions.

However, the village’s portrayal of Native Americans has faced criticism over the years for potentially perpetuating stereotypes and appropriating their cultures for entertainment purposes. Entering restricted areas of Disney Parks can be hazardous and may result in being banned from the property. The Native American village is not accessible to the public and can only be viewed from the Mark Twain Riverboat or Sailing Ship Columbia attractions.

In 1971, the Indian Village was replaced by Bear Country (now Critter Country), though smaller Native American village displays remained along the Rivers of America. While the original village aimed for authenticity and respect by the standards of its time, some elements, such as the use of terms like “braves” and “squaws,” would be considered offensive today.