The Jungle Cruise Overhaul Includes Trader Sam, But Not How You Think

by | Apr 26, 2021 | Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World News, WDW Blog

Disney has shared an update on what’s happening to the final scene at the Jungle Cruise now that the Trader Sam animatronic has been removed.

On Monday, April 16, Disney announced on the Disney Parks Blog that Trader Sam will continue to be part of the classic attraction at both Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World (WDW) and Disneyland Park on the west coast.

Disney has chosen to incorporate him in a way that keeps his character’s spirit alive, while also ensuring that racially insensitive depictions are no longer part of Jungle Cruise.

Here’s what you need to know.

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Trader Sam at the Jungle Cruise

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Check out Jungle Cruise’s new Lost & Found, aka Trader Sam’s gift shop. Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

“Word on the stream is that Alberta Falls, proprietor of the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd., has entrusted her longtime friend, Trader Sam, to manage the new Lost & Found location,” Disney teased.

That’s right, the final scene of the Jungle Cruise will now showcase (as you can see in the above concept art) a new location.

Of course, in typical Trader Sam fashion, he’s running the Lost & Found as a gift shop to earn a few extra bucks.

When revealing this news, Disney clarified that Trader Sam, himself, will not be part of the scene. Per Disney, “But, while he’s out lost and finding some new inventory, it’s the animals that get the last laugh!”


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Other Jungle Cruise Updates

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This concept art shows Jungle Cruise explorers up a tree — literally! Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

As previously announced, there are several changes coming to both Jungle Cruise’s at Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park.

The overhaul is part of Disney’s way to make the ride respectful of individuals and their cultures, as the company first announced in January.

Disney shared at the time that the reimagining would “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.

Some of the changes include the addition of Alberta Falls and other new characters, including a skipper animatronic. And, don’t worry, the beloved jokes and puns aren’t going anywhere.

As for the Trader Sam themed-tiki bars, changes aren’t currently scheduled.

Disney Imagineers Susana Tubert and Kevin Livel told Attractions Magazine in an interview published on March 19 by Attractions Magazine, “As far as Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland Resort and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Walt Disney World Resort, no plans are on the way to update them currently.”

Jungle Cruise will remain operating during the updates, which are slated to be completed later this year.


What do you think of this new Jungle Cruise addition? How do you feel about the removal of Trader Sam? Tell us in the comments on our Facebook page!


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