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.
- 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.