New sunken boat added to the Hippo scene at Disney World's Jungle Cruise

Jun 15, 2021 in "Jungle Cruise"

New sunken boat at the Jungle Cruise hippo scene
Posted: Tuesday June 15, 2021 9:18am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise received another new addition overnight, this time at the hippo scene.

As the boat turns the corner after leaving the falls, guests get a glimpse of the sunken boat in what appears to be the result of a hippo attack. Imagineers are showing a real sense of humor with this addition, considering that an actual Jungle Cruise boat, Bomokandi Bertha, did actually take on water with guests on board and partially sank.

See the video below for a look at the new scene. (4K YouTube version)

The new sunken boat addition joins other recent arrivals on the Jungle Cruise, including the Trader Sam's Gift Shop installation, and the just completed Trapped Skipper scene.

Disney has said that the ride will be completed later this summer and will remain in operation throughout with no closures needed.

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Magicart87Sep 01, 2021

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?

ImperfectPixieSep 01, 2021

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.

castlecake2.0Sep 01, 2021

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.

ImperfectPixieSep 01, 2021

Here are some samples of what it should be mimicking...

ImperfectPixieSep 01, 2021

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.

castlecake2.0Sep 01, 2021

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.

ImperfectPixieSep 01, 2021

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.

LittleBufordSep 01, 2021

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 RhettSep 01, 2021

Yikes. How very unfortunate. 🙁

owlsandcoffeeSep 01, 2021

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.

JoeCamelSep 01, 2021

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

IncomudroSep 01, 2021

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.

ImperfectPixieSep 01, 2021

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.

Magicart87Sep 01, 2021