Summary of the changes so far at Disney World's Jungle Cruise

13 days ago in "Jungle Cruise"

Posted: Friday April 30, 2021 8:39am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The updates to the Jungle Cruise are well underway at the Magic Kingdom, with several show scenes now already in the process of being updated.

Here is a quick look at what is happening so far at the Walt Disney World Jungle Cruise.

One of the first visible changes earlier this month was the removal of Trader Sam from the final bend on the cruise.

In its place now is a cleared area, which will become home to a new scene - Trader Sam's Gift Shop.

Another area that was modified early on was the Rhino scene, with the tree being removed.

This will be replaced with a new scene featuring the skippers climbing the tree trunk.

Over at the Pygmy beach, the skulls on spears have been removed.

Elsewhere smaller details have been removed from the walls in the queue area. All of this work is being done in overnight shifts, leaving the ride to operate during regular park hours. The skippers are largely avoiding the missing items, and keeping the jokes flowing to minimize any impact to the show.

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."

We still don't have a completion timeframe for the Walt Disney World Jungle Cruise, although we do know that the Disneyland version will be complete this summer, although the Disneyland ride has the benefit of remaining closed during the work.

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GimpYancIent8 days ago


999th Happy Haunt8 days ago

Imagineering offices right now

Sir_Cliff8 days ago

To do that, they would more or less have to completely replace all the existing figures and scenes with new ones. I can only imagine how that would go down on here! It's very hard to go from corny old vignettes to 2021-level WOW.

Phil128 days ago

They need to do something along the lines of this:

Bocabear8 days ago

A mix of humor and WOW moments... At one time the visuals were all a they have gotten stale and have not been addressed in years... Time to update and renew so maybe the entire attraction does not rest on the jokes, but jokes are a little embellishment to a great attraction.

Ripken109 days ago

Brer Panther9 days ago

A lot of people assume that monkeys are automatically funny.

_caleb9 days ago

The Sorcerers Aprentice9 days ago

Someone at Imagineering must find monkeys hilarious. They are in almost if not completely in all the scenes they’ve showed so far. Hopefully we see a couple new animals added as well to add some variety to the new scenes.

lazyboy97o9 days ago

“No monkeys. Monkeys aren’t funny. When I was young, I thought all comedy was funny. If I didn’t see the humor of a joke, that was plainly my fault. But then, in 1961, came the TV première of “The Hathaways,” starring Jack Weston, Peggy Cass, and the Marquis Chimps. It was not funny, not at all. Even I could see that. And I blamed the monkeys. They were ruining comedy. So no monkeys, please, and if you must use monkeys, for God’s sake, don’t put hats on them.” -John Swartzwelder

Sir_Cliff9 days ago

As far as I understand, it was Walt and Marc Davis who decided to make it more humorous in the early-1960s. I think it was honestly a genius move which probably saved it from eventually going the way of the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland.

LittleBuford9 days ago

I consider the humour charming and hokey rather than snarky. And weren’t the gags added only a few years after the original Jungle Cruise first opened? I for one love the current approach and would be sad to see a more serious or “thrilling” style of attraction take its place.

UNCgolf9 days ago

And one with fake animals. There's no way to make the Jungle Cruise serious as currently exists. No one is going to be enthralled by AA elephants, rhinos, etc. when they can go see the real thing a couple of miles away. Completely overhauling it into an Indy ride could work, though.

Movielover9 days ago

There would certainly need to be a more adventurous feel added to it since at that point you're essentially just making a wet and shorter version of Kilimanjaro Safari. But I would love to see what could be done, heck at that point a Indiana Jones overlay might work as well.