BREAKING: Jungle Cruise Changes are Coming On Both Coasts

by | Jan 25, 2021 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog, WDW News

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Disney announced that Jungle Cruise changes are on the horizon with enhancements at both Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park.

On Monday, Jan. 25, Disney made a major announcement about a classic attraction. Jungle Cruise will be revamped at both Walt Disney World (WDW) and Disneyland Resort. 

The change is all about incorporating the skippers even more and, most importantly, ensuring diversity and inclusion are included.


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Chimpanzees take over a Jungle Cruise boat in this concept art. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

As revealed on the Disney Parks Blog, the upcoming enhancements 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.”

Disney Imagineer and former Jungle Cruise Skipper Kevin Lively also opened up about the changes and said, “As part of this story update, we’ll get to follow a skipper and his passengers as their journey goes awry.”

He added, “That’s right, for the first time ever, the skipper role will not only be that of a live, experienced and witty guide, but also represented by a show figure within the attraction itself.”

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This concept art shows Jungle Cruise skippers up a tree — literally! Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Lively also noted, “In fact, the expedition will be up a tree (literally!) after their sunken boat splits apart and chimps board the wreckage, with monkey business ensuing.”

Fans should also keep in mind that old boats are slated to make a reappearance, including “Mekong Maiden” and the “Kwango Kate.”

This news follows the future re-theming of Splash Mountain, which was announced in June 2020. The attraction will soon be turned into an attraction (on both coasts) modeled after Princess & the Frog.

While we still don’t know a lot of details, we do know that the ride’s story will take place after the 2009 movie ends and feature Princess Tiana and Louie, among other beloved movie elements.

You can expect the future Jungle Cruise updates to appear sometime later this year. We’ll definitely keep you informed.


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Written by Allyson Koerner

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Allyson Koerner is a published entertainment news and Disney Parks writer, who hasn’t been able to stay away from Walt Disney World since she was 5-years-old. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips in hopes of helping others plan successful Disney vacations.
Allyson Koerner

Written by Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner is a published entertainment news and Disney Parks writer, who hasn’t been able to stay away from Walt Disney World since she was 5-years-old. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips in hopes of helping others plan successful Disney vacations.