A "Jungle Cruise" Playhouse *updated




About: I am a freelance graphic designer, as well as a carpenter. I enjoy spending time with my two beautiful little girls,and wonderful wife.Oh, and we all love Disneyland! I have built a Jungle Cruise playhouse, ...

I made this playhouse this Spring for my daughters. It took about 4 months of evenings and some very full weekends,but except for some small details it is finally done! It is modeled after the Jungle Cruise building in Disneyland.


Like the Jungle Cruise,the siding is made of chanelled wood (cedar in my case) and bevelled siding. The pickets on the porch are replicas of the Jungle Cruises' upper left balcony that I patterned in my computer,then printed up full size to make a paper template.

The sign was also designed in my computer first,then a pattern was made,cutout,and spray painted.

The two porch post are newel posts for a hand railing, and not really for a porch,but the scale of the playhouse allowed me to use them.

The house is 8' x 6' with a 3' front porch,for a total size of 8' x 9'. The porch roof is angled just slightly for water run off. You do need to duck a bit as an adult stepping onto the porch and going through the door.Once inside it is roomy and high

Any more details,just ask!

I can provide more details if wanted....

Well enjoy the photos,and I welcome any comments or questions.

Playhouse plans: I have just now completed a full set of working plans to build this Playhouse for yourself. For those who don't like to 'wing it" like I did, these plans are for you. 40+ pages with over 60 3D illustrations will guide you thru from start to finish. To purchase via Paypal, click here


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    3 years ago

    Madhatter, I'm currently building this playhouse and am about to add the siding. Question for you about the siding did you use 6 inch wide siding? Thanks

    1 reply

    Thanks! Not as well done as yours, but not bad for someone who doesn't build anything. Now to work and put on the finishing touches!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I think the playhouse you built is awesome! You guys did such a great job on it—looks really professional! I've been looking around for plans for different types of playhouses for kids but I haven't come across any for a playhouse like this. Most of the playhouses I've found are scaled-down which would make it difficult for me to join my kids inside the playhouse, but your playhouse looks to be full-size. Very nice! I just love it! Gotta show it to my husband when he gets home!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Dude this is awesome. Seriously, are you an actual imagineer? If not, you definitely should be. :) keep up the good work!

    Forget the kids, I WANNA PLAY!!! This playhouse looks so amazing I could spend some serious time in there myself. Thanks for documenting all your hard work for us to see!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Mac: I'm a Mac.
    PC: I'm a PC.
    Mac: I look really cool, and people will think you're cool too if you have me instead of PC. Oh, and Microsoft is...bad. And they aren't nice either. They're, like, big jerks, and only fat, poopy-head Republicans use Windows.
    PC: I've got work to do.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Them ears are riskybusiness. If Disney gets wind of this, they're gonna send in a crew to have the clubhouse burned to the ground. 'Cept for the ears; those they'll keep. Awesome though.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, this is truly AMAZING! Very nice work. My daughters would absolutely love something like this... any chance you came up with a framing plan? I know you said you based it off the Wendy playhouse, but I also saw that some plans were in the works. Just thought I'd give it a try.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is absolutely awesom!  I felt tears flowing down my cheeks (Yeah, I'm a chick.) when reading the dedication plaque.  That was moving beyond words!!!  And the best part!  What a wonderful idea to cap off numberous other wonderful ideas.  Do your friends and co-workers know you're such a romantic?  Do you have a single brother?  LOL

    That playhouse is supercalifragilisticexpealidoughshus!!! 

    1 reply

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, thanks! Ya, the plaque gets me too ;)..no brothers though,sorry, 2 sisters..

    Romantic? I dunno,maybe. Crazy,you bet!
    Thanks for taking the time to comment,you made my day.


    9 years ago on Introduction

     OMG! I am totally going to do this for my kids! The whole yard is going to replicate yours! Thank you so much for sharing your creative ideas!

    1 reply

    Do it! I wish I had room to do more! BTW my kids are 4 and 2,and the 4 y/o thinks this yard is normal.....but they have so much fun all summer long! Good luck,and feel free to ask any questions along the way!