Deep into Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom there’s a classic Disney attraction known as the Jungle Cruise. This attraction was a dream of Walt Disney’s, allowing guests to see animals of all sorts on an adventurous boat ride! Today we’re sharing six fun facts about this classic Disney attraction.
Opening Day Attraction
The Jungle Cruise opened along with Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. Guests have been riding this attraction at Walt Disney World for almost 50 years! Since it’s such a big part of Disney park history, it has become an Adventureland must do for guests of all ages.
Movie In The Making
Classic Disney attractions have been inspiring movies for decades, and Jungle Cruise has officially inspired its own film which is set to premiere in 2020. This new action-packed film titled with the same name as the attraction, Jungle Cruise, will star Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt! The movie will hit theaters on July 24, 2020.
Not So “Dirty” Water
While the waters along the Jungle Cruise route seem dark and murky, this is actually man-made to look this way for a reason! Using a special dye that is dispensed into the river each morning, the boats make their way around the route in an effort to blend the mixing dye throughout the water. The purpose of this dye is to make the water look more realistic while also hiding the fact that these boats are on tracks and the animals in the water are audio-animatronics.
During the holiday season, Walt Disney World decks out their parks in festive decor and even applies holiday overlays to some of their attractions. The Jungle Cruise in Adventureland becomes the Jingle Cruise, and the jokes and puns take on a holiday
twist! If you visit Walt Disney World during the holiday season, be sure to swing by Adventureland and experience this overlay for yourself.
Airplane Easter Egg
Did you know there’s a nod to a Disney attraction from the past on the Jungle Cruise? After your pass Schweitzer Falls, you’ll find a dilapidated airplane crashed within the jungle on the right side. While this piece of Jungle Cruise detail is actually the back of a plane, the front end was originally purchased for the Casablanca scene for the Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Although the other attraction has since closed, this nod to it can still be found on the Jungle Cruise.
Cruises Around The Globe
The Jungle Cruise was a part of Walt Disney’s original Disneyland. This attraction started out as an opening day attraction for the park in Anaheim, California, so when Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida the Jungle Cruise was a part of that opening day lineup as well. There are two additional Jungle Cruise attractions outside of the United States, at Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland. All four versions of the attractions were opening day attractions for their respective resorts and are all still open today.
As you can see, this classic Disney attraction is a must do when you visit the Magic Kingdom. So next time you make your way over to the Jungle Cruise, keep these six adventurous facts in mind.