In 1969 Disney artist Don McLaughlin designed the orange canary with the orange head, and named him Orange Bird. In 1970 he appeared for the Florida Citrus Commission in exchange for their sponsorship of the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction and Sunshine Tree Terrace at the Magic Kingdom theme park.
Orange Bird was a salesman for Florida products, famously the Anita Bryant Florida Sunshine Tree juice commercials. Orange Bird drifted around for many years after, appearing infrequently at Disney.
Though he doesn’t speak or sing, he’s got a new line of clothing and souvenirs, and is back on property at Disney.
– David Johnson, DJGroup