The classic Jungle Cruise experience is being enhanced at Tokyo Disneyland, announced today by the Oriental Land Co., reopening in fall 2014 with new effects, a musical score, and a special nighttime version of the popular attraction.
The Jungle Cruise, which has been popular since Tokyo Disneyland Park opened in 1983, takes guests on an adventurous cruise through the jungles with a humorous skipper at the helm. The revamped version of the attraction will have new lighting effects and other special show effects.
In addition, a specially written musical soundtrack will be heard throughout the attraction for the first time in any Jungle Cruise ride worldwide. An after-dark only “night cruise” will provide a unique take on the jungle adventure.
New to the attraction will be a startling encounter with one of the “animal spirit guardians” in the ruins of a lost jungle temple.
Jungle Cruise will close at Tokyo Disneyland beginning January 6, 2014, reopening in Fall 2014. The estimated cost for the update is around 1.6 billion yen, or $16 million USD.
Update: The official name for the new version of the attraction will be Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions. It’s set to open September 8, 2014.