Disney's Jungle Cruise Theme Park Ride is Getting Major Updates, Including New Scenes

Disney’s Jungle Cruise ride is getting an upgrade. The boat-themed is located in Adventureland at four Disney theme parks worldwide, and today it’s been announced that the attractions in Disneyland park at Disneyland Resort and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort will be receiving upgrades that will “stay true to the experience we know and love – more humor, wildlife and skipper heart – and also reflect and value the diversity of the world around us.” It’s also all but certain that these upgrades will include elements that tie into the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie.

Jungle Cruise Ride Updates

The news comes from the Disney Parks blog, which promises to upgrade the ride while staying true to the things fans hold dear. You know, like animatronic hippos and stuff like that. Regarding the upgrades, Kevin Lively, a Disney Imagineer and former Jungle Cruise Skipper, said:

Not sure why that last bit sounds vaguely ominous, but there you have it.

The details remain slightly vague at the moment, and while there’s no mention of the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie, it’s probably a pretty good bet that some of these new additions to the attraction will tie into the film in some way. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily BluntJungle Cruise is set during the early 20th century and follows “a riverboat captain named Frank takes [who] a scientist and her brother on a mission into a jungle to find the Tree of Life which is believed to possess healing powers. All the while, the trio must fight against dangerous wild animals and a competing German expedition.”

The fact that the updates will strive to “reflect and value the diversity of the world around us” also indicates that Disney is hoping to remove offensive elements from the ride. When it was announced that Splash Mountain would be removing references to the controversial Disney film Song of the South, many voiced the opinion that changes should be made to Jungle Crusie as well. As IGN reports, the attraction “includes animatronic human characters, depicting some native populations as headhunters and including insensitive period language (the ride is set during the 1930s) from white characters who refer to the indigenous characters as ‘savages.’”

The Jungle Cruise ride first launched at Disneyland in 1955. The Magic Kingdom version opened in 1971, with versions following at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983 and Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005. The Jungle Cruise movie is set to open on July 30, 2021, while more info on updates to the attraction are due to arrive later this year.

— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) January 25, 2021

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