Earlier this year, we reported on the upcoming Jungle Cruise attraction updates that will update the ride for the 21st century. (We actually predicted this happening just as the pandemic started up!) Unlike previous Magic Kingdom updates to signage or entrances, this refurbishment will add full scenes to the Adventureland boat ride, as well as eradicating problematic scenes and lacing a new story throughout Skipper’s silly jokes.
While we don’t know an official date for ride closures at Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort, there seems to be movement on the horizon. Will we have an announcement soon?
Jungle Cruise Permit
On March 19, 2021, Walt Disney Imagineering filed a permit for Jungle Cruise construction. While the construction outlined in the permit does not seem like a small project, it’s unclear if this permit covers all the construction necessary for the entire attraction’s refurbishment and retheme.
The Disney permit reads, “Modifications and enhancements to include demo and installation of structural support, hardscapes, electric.” The installation of structural supports (either of the dock area or new animatronics) is a serious undertaking. Furthermore, the hardscapes surrounding the ride are likely to involve a great deal of work, as Disney often makes their own rock.
Lastly, the wiring and electrical needed for animatronic functions will require time. The Congo Kate scene is going to be a large addition, after all. It should be noted that the film, Jungle Cruise, will not be integrated into the attraction retheme, per the Disney Parks Blog.
Much of the work will be completed by Albu & Associates, Inc. and is slated to be finished by January 22, 2022.
All Things Jungle Cruise
Disney World’s Jungle Cruise page reads, “Later this year, exciting “gnu” magic is coming to Jungle Cruise that—trust us, we’re not “lion”—will enhance the classic attraction and elevate the experience for all of our Guests.” This small addition is above the usual spiel for the ride, which says:
Head Off to Adventure- 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!
If you’re looking for everything you can expect from one of our favorite opening day attractions, visit our Complete Guide to Disney’s Jungle Cruise Attraction. Not only will you learn about the ride’s history and rocky 2020 start, but also the coordinating Walt Disney World restaurant that will send your taste buds on an adventure!
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