It was a Skipper takeover at the World Premiere of Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” at Disneyland park as Skippers navigated the red carpet alongside Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in an adventure that can only happen at Disney! Meanwhile, Skippers at Walt Disney World were among the first to see the film and cast members and Disney Magic Makers got a special cast-preview at the Disneyland Resort. This is
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I love that the skippers got to be a big part of this. Even as a former cast member who wasn’t a skipper but thinks he did okay (I was presented with the Spirit of Disneyland Award in 1995), skippers are something special. And while I wasn’t there for the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere or this one, so far the only two premieres to be held in the original Disney park, this brought back memories of watching the celebrities arrive for the opening of Temple of the Forbidden Eye in 1994 (I came in on a day off to sit on a curb on Main Street, USA and cheer).
Duane Johnson even turned to the skips on the second floor of the queue building and tapped his heart and said “thank you” to them. That was a really good moment. And whoever skippered the bote (not a typo; I know a former skipper and that’s how they spell it) that took them through the attraction before they were told to get out (but in a polite way, so more like “please, get out” so they could walk the red carpet) has a story that they will be telling for the rest of their lives (like when Emmitt Smith did the “I’m going to Disneyland” commercial after winning the Super Bowl in 1996, and the very next day I sold he and his family ice cream at Central Plaza).