Work to begin very soon on the Jungle Cruise changes at the Magic Kingdom

Apr 03, 2021 in "Jungle Cruise"

Jungle Cruise concept art
Posted: Saturday April 3, 2021 10:03am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced via Imagineer Zach Riddley's Instagram that work is about to get underway on the changes to the Jungle Cruise.

Zach points out that guests may start to notice some "monkey business along the river" as work begins.

As expected, the change will be incorporated in phases over the next couple of months, and it will not result in any closure of the ride.

Learn more about the upcoming changes to the Jungle Cruise.

Disney announced back in January 2021 that it plans to update the Jungle Cruise with new additions to add "more humor, wildlife and skipper heart – and also reflect and value the diversity of the world around us."

Disney has not yet offered a timeline of when the changes will be completed, but has indicated that it will be coming "later this year."

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Magicart8713 hours ago

Now THAT'S backstory!

jagiord113 hours ago

I'm pretty sure it's only one sunken boat moment. they just added more props to the scene, insinuating that the hippos are responsible for the crashed boat? this is actually pretty cool, cause hippos are one of the leading species of animals responsible for human deaths. And on top of that, they're refreshing the narrative and updating it for today's standards. I'm not sure there needs to be a wow moment. The wow moment will always be the interaction with the skipper and the jokes.

Walt d14 hours ago

Mmm.. needs water skis..

Bocabear14 hours ago

So...for the reimagining we have a gift shop, a re-cast version of the original gag with the rhino, a crashed boat full of chimps with junk floating in the water, and a sunken half of a boat with junk floating in the water... What is the next scene? and will it include more junk floating in the water? Chimps? a Gift Shop? None of this feels very original so far.... Waiting for the wow moment

MisterPenguin16 hours ago

Siobhan “Puffin” Murphy Growing up in the seaside town of Dingle, Ireland, Siobhan“Puffin” Murphy developed an affinity for the puffin penguins that nest in the rocks there. Her longtime dream of seeing the birds of the jungle firsthand inspired her to visit her distant cousin Alberta — but also quite possibly led her to get the whole group in a spot of trouble. “While there are many divergent opinions as to the inciting events that led everyone to their current predicament up on the pole,” explained Tubert, “many believe that it was Puffin’s love of exotic birds that drove Skipper Felix to get a little too close to an oxpecker perched on a particularly grumpy hippo.” https://attractionsmagazine.com/exclusive-disney-imagineers-talk-new-jungle-cruise-characters-s-e-a-connections-and-trader-sams/

Magicart8719 hours ago

Is "Puffin" in this instance a nickname for one of the passengers; slang for a heavy person and subtle WDI dig at guests that bottom out the boats causing them to sink? Is that the joke?

jkh366196 days ago

sure, why not

larryz6 days ago

The gas stations or the MK attraction?

RSoxNo17 days ago

64 or gto

MansionButler847 days ago

I’ll stick with my 1971 Impala.

Master Yoda7 days ago

I hear the 2035 Corvette is a piece of garbage. ;)

MisterPenguin7 days ago

Facts don't matter anymore.

Bocabear7 days ago

Glad to hear...