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New Jungle Cruise Experience Will Open at Disneyland Park July 16, with Work Completed at Magic Kingdom Park This Summer

Michael Ramirez

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

If you’ve missed the back side of water, hippos that wiggle their ears and skippers with a pun for every river bend, we have exciting news!  

Jungle Cruise will reopen July 16, 2021 at Disneyland park, with an updated experience that welcomes new characters from around the world plus even more of the humor, wildlife and skipper heart that makes this classic attraction a favorite. At Magic Kingdom Park, you can continue to enjoy the Jungle Cruise while updates are being made, and all changes will be completed this summer.

Progress continues at both parks as Imagineers build on the original story with new adventures that stay true to the experience we know and love. Today we’re revealing a behind-the-scenes look at the work on Trader Sam’s newest venture, which recently dropped in at Disneyland.

True to his reputation as the best merchant in the jungle, Trader Sam has found a way to convert the new Lost & Found location into something more profitable for the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd. The Jungle Cruise appears to be going the route of all the best rides – ending with a gift shop! Take a look at this first look above!

True to their reputations, our world-famous skippers will continue their unique presentations along the river with interactions that guests expect. In this video, Disney Imagineer Kevin Lively takes us on recent trip down the river at Magic Kingdom to share a reminder of some classic Jungle Cruise moments: 

As previously shared, the Jungle Cruise enhancements include several new scenes along the river, all interconnected.  Unexpected scenarios along the way will give the jungle and the animals the last laugh!

Stay tuned for more updates on the Jungle Cruise progress, including events that led up to this final scene.  


  • I’m excited can’t wait to go if I get to go in October! 💚

  • Can’t wait to see the updates!

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