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Disney Parks reveals more details about Jungle Cruise changes

Disney Parks shared a new video that unveiled fresh details about the changes to Jungle Cruise.

A person stands knee-deep in water aboard a Jungle Cruise boat after the vessel took on water, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
A person stands knee-deep in water aboard a Jungle Cruise boat after the vessel took on water, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
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Disney Parks has released a new video that reveals the changes coming to the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

  • The ride will include “new adventures that 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,” according to Disney Parks.
  • In a new video, Kevin Lively — a former Jungle Cruise skipper — takes fans on a tour of the ride, explaining new details about to expect, like new magical moments and character changes.
  • The new update will change the storyline for the skipper, giving him or her a more active role in the story. The new storyline will feature the boat breaking apart, allowing “monkey business” to ensue.

Why now?

On Monday, Disney said it planned to update the iconic Jungle Cruise ride to address “negative depictions” of cultures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Disney wanted the new update to “reflect and value the diversity of the world around us,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • “Imagineers are constantly looking for opportunities to enhance experiences, and when it comes to updating classic attractions, they employ a very careful and thoughtful approach,” Disney officials said in a statement, according to The Orange County Register. “In this particular case, Imagineers created a storyline that builds upon what people love the most while addressing negative depictions simultaneously.”

The changes come as Disney has made some updates to Splash Mountain, too. That ride — based on the 1946 Disney film “Song of the South” — will be reworked to include characters and themes from the 2009 film “The Princess and the Frog,” as I wrote about for the Deseret News.