Disneyland to reimagine Jungle Cruise ride following years of criticism

Brenda Watkins
January 26, 2021

Chris Beatty, a Disney Imagineering Creative Portfolio Executive, got into the details in an interview with D23, the Official Disney Fan Club, noting that there are "just a couple of scenes" portrayed on the ride that don't reflect those values, and are in need of "a refresh".

The ride, which takes passengers on "scenic and comedic boat tour of exotic rivers across Asia, Africa and South America", according to its Disney World's description, had been criticized for its depictions of Indigenous people.

Take a peek at the video below where Disney Imagineer Kevin Lively - former Jungle Cruise skipper - shares more.

During this reimagined ride, guests will see an animatronic skipper, who's been chased up the pole by the rhino, along with the other explorers as well as an all-new scene where a sunken boat splits apart and chimps board the wreckage, with monkey business ensuing.

This is not the first attraction Disney has changed due to allegations of cultural insensitivity, as it wrestles with maintaining a legacy which includes its vast catalogue of properties created over almost a century.

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This isn't the first major update to the Jungle Cruise in its long history. They've also released some concept art.

Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim is closed due to the pandemic.

Disney has officially confirmed there are no plans to add the actors' likenesses to the ride.

The "new" attraction will feature a re-imagined story that follows a Jungle Cruise skipper as their journey goes awry.

Of course, these updates happening around the same time that the eponymous movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt is coming out raises the question: Will there be lookalikes of the actors in the attraction?

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