MORE DETAILS on Changes to Jungle Cruise at Disney Parks!

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In case you missed it, Disney Parks made a huge announcement regarding the opening day ride at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World — Jungle Cruise.

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Elements of the popular theme park ride will soon be reimagined for Guests so they can enjoy a brand-new Jungle Cruise experience called Rivers Journey. This revamp will be taking place at both Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort in California and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

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Now, we have additional details surrounding new characters, new enhancements, and a new expanded backstory, all courtesy of Disney Parks Blog! When discussing the new enhancements, Guests can expect to journey through several new scenes along the river, which are all interconnected:

As we shared earlier this year, we are building on the original story of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park. We’re adding more humor, wildlife and skipper heart to the classic attraction, and as part of a much larger effort, this updated experience will welcome new characters from around the world.

The enhancements include several new scenes guests will experience along the river, all interconnected. Our world-famous skippers will continue to share the unique adventure and interactions guests expect on the Jungle Cruise.

The new scenes will heighten our skippers’ legendary comedic tone, beginning with a trapped safari party that finds itself up a tree after their journey goes awry. Unexpected scenarios along the way will give the jungle and animals the last laugh!

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Disney Parks Blog continued to explain how they are expanding on the backstory of Jungle Cruise as well, sharing some details about Alberta Falls, the granddaughter of Dr. Albert Falls:

For those looking to dive deeper, we’re also expanding the attraction’s backstory, centered around Alberta Falls, granddaughter of world-renowned Dr. Albert Falls, as the proprietor of the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd.

Jungle Cruise fans might be familiar with her name; however, wouldn’t you know it, we recently uncovered a copy of an interview with Alberta Falls that was featured in a 1938 issue of The Daily Gnus about her and the World-Famous Jungle Cruise. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know her!

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The new version of the attraction is part of Disney’s efforts to tell diverse, inclusive stories across the theme parks. Earlier this year, Disney Parks Blog shared that the company is “building on the story of the Jungle Cruise at both Disneyland park at Disneyland Resort and Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort to include new adventures that stay true to the experience we know and love — more humor, wildlife and skipper heart — and also reflect and value the diversity of the world around us.”

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More on Jungle Cruise at Disney Parks

Jungle Cruise is located both at Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort in California and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida.

The official description on the Disneyland website reads:

Board a canopied tramp steamer and leave civilization behind on a tongue-in-cheek journey through the globe’s most “treacherous” rivers—and oldest gags.

Highlights of your unforgettable adventure include:

  • The Mekong River: Explore an age-old shrine, home to baboons, cobras and crocodiles.
  • The African Congo: Cruise past a camp overrun by explosively curious gorillas.
  • The Nile River: Behold bathing elephants, angry hippos and hungry lions guarding a sleeping zebra.
  • The Amazon in South America: A canopy of green trees opens up to a native shrine, a mammoth anaconda and ravenous piranha.

Throughout your voyage, you’ll enjoy lively narration from your brave and trusty skipper. It’s a sometimes perilous, always hilarious 10,000-mile journey you won’t soon forget!

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The official description on the Disney World website reads:

Embark on a river cruise where dangerous beasts and dry wit abound. Board a canopied tramp steamer piloted by your trusty skipper, who will expertly navigate you through some of the world’s most treacherous waters.

Steam past lush foliage, butterflies and waterfalls on the Amazon in South America. Glimpse an abandoned camp overrun by curious gorillas on the shores of the African Congo.

Along the Nile, watch for bathing elephants, angry hippos and hungry lions. Be on the lookout for a tribe of headhunters recently spotted in the area. Your cruise continues down the Mekong River in Asia, home to baboons, cobras and other fearsomely life-like creatures.

It’s a 10-minute, 10,000-mile journey that you won’t soon forget!

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