Jungle Cruise to become ‘Jingle Cruise’ for Christmas in holiday ride overlay at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

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Walt Disney Imagineering has surprised Disney fans with an early Christmas present: The Jingle Cruise.

The classic Jungle Cruise Adventureland attraction will next month receive a holiday makeover at both the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World as well as Disneyland, adding a new seasonal storyline with plenty of gags.

As the new story goes, “Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they’ve added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they’ve created themselves).” Naturally, new themed jokes will replace the old ones, along with a special radio broadcast and new boat names.

The Jingle Cruise begins at Walt Disney World on November 8, followed by Disneyland on November 12.


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    When I heard the rumors last week I thought it was a joke…

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    Coming nov 3! Hope it’s open while I’m there!

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    Will be looking for it in Dec. :0)

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    When will it be ending? I hope it’s still on between Dec 30 and Jan 2.

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      At Disneyland, the Christmas decorations get taken down around January 10th so yes, the Jingle Cruise will still be there 🙂

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    Christmas in the jungle? That could look a little absurd.

    Then again, this IS the Jungle Cruise–it’s not exactly known for being serious.

    I’m definitely open to this being excellent. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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    Paul Apel

    It would be neat if they did Christmas overlays at other walt Disney world attractions. Maybe haunted mansion, small world or even the country bears

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      They actually do an overlay at Disneyland in California for the Nightmare Before Christmas being the theme, and they also redo It’s a Small World for Christmas there as well. I’m just excited OUR park in Disney World is getting into the sprite finally! 😀

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    As a former skipper myself, I’m actually really excited to see what they do with this. It’s nice to FINALLY see a holiday overlay on a Magic Kingdom attraction, so I hope they kick it off with a bang. I have a feeling though that not all skippers will be doing holiday spiels, as there is a “rookie” script, and an “advanced” script. I’m curious as to how the holiday script will look and sound… we shall see 🙂

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    love christmas and love The Jungle Cruise

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    Heidi Bamford

    This is soooo much fun!! We will be there in late December – Jungle Cruise is dear to us as part of the “Dave video” and “floating bench” reference – if anyone else is there when we hop aboard, you’re in the picture!!!

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    Does anyone know if that poster will be for sale?

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