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New Adventures to ‘Cast’ Off Soon Along World-Famous Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park

Michael Ramirez

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

At Disney Parks, we continue to look for ways to enhance classic attractions and elevate the experience for all of our guests. Today, we’re excited to share that we are 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. There are no bigger fans of this attraction than our Imagineers so I’ve invited Kevin Lively – former Jungle Cruise skipper – to share a transmission from the world’s most remote tropical rivers!

Continuing a tradition that Walt Disney started more than six decades ago when he first enhanced the Jungle Cruise, the new creative concept for our river’s journey will be original to Walt Disney Imagineering, just like the attraction itself. Here’s a first look at some of the “gnu” magic we’re adding:

Imagineers are excited to invite current Jungle Cruise skippers at Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom park to a Jungle Navigation Company Roll Call, where they will be among the first to hear more about the new adventures and wonders coming down the river. Recently, Imagineers had the chance to provide a sneak peek to a few skippers at Magic Kingdom park – check out the Walt Disney World Ambassador team on Instagram, @WDW.Ambassador, to see additional reactions, and stay tuned for more details about the enhancements in store for the Jungle Cruise, coming later this year. 


  • I was excited about the changing of splash mountain, and I’m looking forward to this. The imagineers will do an amazing job!

  • I was disappointed about the changing of splash mountain, but I’m looking forward to this. The imagineers will do an amazing job!

  • Very intriguing. I’m always glad to see attractions getting refreshed with new things.

  • Chris Beatty: “These attractions could grow and flex. I think we’ve seen that with Pirates of the Caribbean when we updated the role of the redhead.”

    Oh, and what a popular change that’s turned out to be! LOL.

  • I’ve always loved this ride and I have Seen many changes already over the years. I’m sure Disney will do a nice blend of the old with the new as always. On a side note, could you do a video without the masks next time? I think we all get it by now… Thanks

  • Can’t wait to come home on 12/24, and take this ride. We didn’t get to do it at our last visit, and we know Jungle Cruise is on our must do list this time.

  • When are they going to close the ride? Is it closed now? We are going to WDW next month, we’ve rescheduled three times over the past year and it seems like no rides are even going to be open.

  • I LOVE the idea behind this update! Jungle Cruise Skips have always been an integral part of Jungle Cruise, and now they aren’t just TELLING the story, they ARE the story.

    I also like that the movie (as much as I’m looking forward to seeing it) isn’t the focus like the Pirates of the Caribbean refresh.

    And, reading between the lines, good call on that aspect of reflecting the perspectives of the world around us, as Carmen worded it. It’s the right thing to do, and I’m glad that instead of removing the scene entirely, it’s just being updated to reflect the new story.

  • “As long as there is imagination left in the world, Disneyland will never be completed.” -Walt Disney

  • OMG. OMG. OMG.

  • I don’t really see any reason that this needs an update just leave it as it is

  • Marc Davis had a brilliant concept drawing of a carnivorous plant lurking in the Jungle Cruise? What are the chances that it might be discovered in the upcoming expedition to renew the jungle?

  • I hope Emily Blunt’s and The Rock’s characters from the film remain absent throughout this attraction! Will our friend Trader Sam still be offering the trade of a lifetime?

  • I hope Emily Blunt’s and The Rock’s characters from the film show up at some point, too!

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