Jungle Cruise



The Jungle Cruise is an attraction at the following Disney theme parks: Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland (under the name Jungle River Cruise). As France's climate is too cold for a realistic presentation of tropical vegetation, Disneyland Paris is the only Magic Kingdom-style Disney theme park that does not have the Jungle Cruise in its attraction roster.

The Jungle Cruise was one of the twenty-two attractions operating at Disneyland on its opening day (July 17, 1955). In celebration of Disneyland's 50th anniversary, the Disneyland version of the attraction features one gold-painted riverboat, which is the Congo Queen.

The attraction is a riverboat journey through the jungles of Asia, Africa and South America. The boat's Skipper provides humorous narration featuring puns relating to the various scenes viewed during the ride. The seemingly ad-libbed comments individual skippers now often include during their recitations make each ride on the Jungle Cruise a substantially different experience. The original spiel, however, is legendary among Disney fans. Competitions in which they compete to say the seven-minute spiel the fastest have been held.

Disneyland's version includes a piranha attack scene as well as some explosive effects in a scene where gorillas are ransacking a camp and throwing dynamite into the river.

The Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland versions are similar to each other. They each have indoor temple scenes and the character of Chief Nami corresponds to Disneyland's Trader Sam. The Magic Kingdom ride operates in a counter clock-wise fashion while Tokyo Disneyland's operates clock-wise.

The shape of Hong Kong Disneyland's route is significantly different compared to the others and it also includes scenes depicting angry Tiki gods.

The Walt Disney Company announced in 2004 that the Jungle Cruise would be adapted into a motion picture, also called Jungle Cruise.

A tribute to the ride was made in 2005 on an episode of the podcast, The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd as well as a Strong Bad E-mail entitled "theme park".

Disneyland Jungle Cruise:

* Grand opening: July 17, 1955 (Opened with Disneyland Park)
* Designer: WED Enterprises
* Size: 5 acres
* Major refurbishments: 6
o 1962 - Indian Elephant pool
o 1964 - African Veldt and Lost Safari scenes
o 1993 - Additions to the attraction
o 1994 - Boathouse queue
o 1995 - Rerouting of river to make room for The Indiana Jones Adventure
o 2005 - Rebuilding of areas of the attraction and addition of Piranhas and updates to Trashed Camp
* Boats: 12
o Amazon Belle
o Congo Queen (Painted gold for Disneyland's 50th anniversary)
o Ganges Gal
o Hondo Hattie
o Irrawaddy Woman
o Kissimmee Kate
o Nile Princess
o Orinoco Adventuress
o Swannee Lady
o Ucayali Una
o Yangtze Lotus
o Zambezi Miss
* Boat Names Decommissioned in 1999: 2
o Magdalena Maiden
o Mekong Maiden
* Required ticket:
o "C" (1955-1956)
o "D" (1956-1959)
o "E" (1959-1982)
* Ride system: Boat Ride

Magic Kingdom Jungle Cruise:

* Grand opening: October 1, 1971 (Opened with Magic Kingdom park)
* Designer: WED Enterprises
* River capacity: 1,750,000 gallons of water
* Boats: 16
o Amazon Annie
o Bomokandi Bertha
o Congo Connie
o Ganges Gertie
o Irrawaddy Irma
o Kwango Kate
o Mongala Millie
o Nile Nelly
o Orinoco Ida
o Rutshuru Ruby
o Sankuru Sadie
o Senegal Sal
o Ucyali Lolly
o Volta Val
o Wamba Wanda
o Zambesi Zelda
* Ticketing:
o No ticket required but attraction is FASTPASS equipped.
* Average speed: 2.18 mph
* Show length: 9:05
* Ride system: Boat Ride

Tokyo Disneyland:

* Grand opening: April 15, 1983 (Opened with Tokyo Disneyland)
* Designer: WED Enterprises
* Size: 5 acres
* Major refurbishments: 2
* Boats: 13 (12 Max in operation)
o Amazon Annie
o Congo Connie
o Ganges Gertie
o Irrawaddy Irma
o Kwango Kate
o Nile Nelly
o Orinoco Ida
o Rutshuru Ruby
o Sankuru Sadie
o Senegal Sal
o Volta Val
o Wamba Wanda
o Zambezi Zelda
* Required ticket:
o "E" (1984-c.2000)
o "Passports" accepted from Opening day until used exclusively in c. 2000
* Show length: 9:50
* Boat capacity: 32 + Skipper
* Ride system: Boat Ride

The Walt Disney Company announced in 2004 that the Jungle Cruise would be adapted into a motion picture, also called Jungle Cruise. This would follow the footsteps of fellow Disney attractions: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and Country Bear Jamboree that had been adapted for the big screen. There was a tribute to the ride in 2005 on an episode of the podcast The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd as well as a Strong Bad E-mail entitled "theme park".Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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