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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Magicart8726 days ago

Don't get me wrong! It's not just the mural that I hate. It's the anachronisms, the wrong typefaces, the over reliance on type as a means of "explaining" new scenes. It's just not good Disney. You have to know this, right?

ImperfectPixie26 days ago

There's also these...which are from the era in which Jungle Cruise takes place as well. They should have gone for a look that was a cross of the advertisements below with the posters I linked to upthread. I'm thinking sort of old-fashioned cigar-box style.

castlecake2.026 days ago

Yah I see what you’re saying. 1) it looks a little too bold/fresh but I think the elements will take care of that. 2) looks too digitally produced instead of hand painted.

ImperfectPixie26 days ago

Here are some samples of what it should be mimicking... https://www.google.com/search?q=1930s+advertising+posters&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS791US791&sxsrf=AOaemvIlZ3Gob_eQiAzIo4oITCSq_cEERw:1630491570930&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=2ahUKEwjGuZO3xt3yAhUpGFkFHSpuDPsQ_AUoAnoECAEQBA&biw=1920&bih=918

ImperfectPixie26 days ago

It's a combination of the materials used for the mural as well as the style. ETA: Advertising of the 1930s focused more heavily on text - even when there were people and landscaping, etc. included in them. It also likely would have been painted directly on the building, rather than be a separate board that's framed - especially where Jungle Cruise is supposed to take place.

castlecake2.026 days ago

The mural feels off but I can’t tell why. I think the other stuff looks out of place because it looks so new and fresh compared to what was probably almost 50 year old props there before. I’m sure the florida humidity will start to do its thing and âge them soon.

ImperfectPixie26 days ago

Or followed through with theming. A outdoor advertising mural like the one with the woman wouldn't be painted on a perfectly smooth board and framed in the time period and place Jungle Cruise is supposed to be in.

LittleBuford26 days ago

That's not the issue. If we can accept a Pirates of the Caribbean with almost no Black people, I don't see why we can't suspend our demographic disbelief when it comes to the Jungle Cruise. The problem is that they haven't captured the period look.

Boba Rhett26 days ago

Yikes. How very unfortunate. 🙁

owlsandcoffee26 days ago

I think it's just a matter of lack of creativity. They've done the same thing with other SEA-adjacent characters. Ya just see a lot of pictures of them plastered all over the place. Doesn't really replace theming and experiential stories.

JoeCamel26 days ago

And that is what Imagineering thinks is so special about this. Like Miss Kitty in the old west she succeeded in a man's world

Incomudro27 days ago

A heck of a lot more woman represented there than would have been involved in such a jungle cruise given the time frame the cruise is supposed to take place in.

ImperfectPixie27 days ago

I wouldn't say that. Lost their way a bit, sure. Let's not forget that before anything is fabricated, it has to be approved. Who is in charge of approvals may be the reason there seem to be so many misses. Then there's the person who chooses which design will be fabricated to begin with...there's lots of people and phases involved, and growing pains along the way are definitely a "thing" when it comes to design/fabrication teams.

Magicart8727 days ago

Yes.