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Jungle Cruise Scene By Scene Preview Of Changes Coming
Mercury News
Brady Macdonald
Disneyland will remove several racially insensitive scenes from the Jungle Cruise and replace them with comic scenes featuring mischievous animals and a new cast of culturally diverse characters as part of a major overall of the classic attraction.

Disneyland will reopen Jungle Cruise on July 16 after the boat ride undergoes a major makeover to remove outdated cultural depictions and add a woman of color at the center of the revamped backstory of the attraction. The classic 1955 attraction remained closed when Disneyland returned on April 30 following a yearlong coronavirus closure.

Walt Disney Imagineering is updating Jungle Cruise scenes at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Florida featuring tribal dancers, attacking natives, shrunken head dealer Trader Sam, a rhino chasing a safari group up a pole and other “negative depictions of native people” while adding several new scenes.

The Jungle Cruise updates will build on the history of the opening day Disneyland attraction with new adventures that stay true to the story and pay homage to skipper culture. More wildlife and humor will be added to the river v

The Magic Kingdom has kept the Jungle Cruise open during renovations — revealing new scenes in stages since early June. WDW News Today has documented each step of the Jungle Cruise renovations at Disney World — which are expected to serve as a guide for the upcoming Disneyland changes.

Consider this your spoiler alert as we take a closer look at what’s expected to be removed and added to the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland.

Attraction queue Imagineering has made a woman of color the central character of the revamped Jungle Cruise rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Alberta Falls is the free-spirited adventuress and descendant of world explorers from India and England who will serve as the fictional heroine of the renovated Jungle Cruise attraction.

A skipper and four tramp steamer passengers have been added to the backstory of the updated Jungle Cruise attraction. They include:

Felix Pechman XIII, an unlucky Jungle Cruise skipper

Rosa Soto Dominguez, a painter from Mexico

Leonardo Moss, a botanist from Canada

Kon Chunosuke, an entomologist from Japan

Siobhan “Puffin” Murphy, a birdwatcher from Ireland and Alberta’s cousin

The revamped backstory of the Jungle Cruise ride will also dive into the mysteries of Disneyland’s Mekong Maiden and the Magic Kingdom’s Kwango Kate — tramp steamer boats that were decommissioned on each coast.

Props in the Jungle Cruise queue at the Magic Kingdom have been updated to reflect changes to the ride’s backstory, according to WDWNT.

Jungle artifacts in the shipping office have been removed, relocated and replaced. Tribal masks, spears and hunting helmets once featured in the Jungle Cruise queue have been taken down, according to WDWNT. Some storytelling props like binoculars and a cup of drafting pencils have been given more prominent display while others like a typewriter and kettle have disappeared.

Trapped safari

The trapped safari scene has been updated with new inclusivity changes on the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom, according to WDWNT.

A new culturally diverse group of audio-animatronic boat passengers are now stuck up a pole — including the previously mentioned skipper, painter, botanist, bird watcher and butterfly collector. An animatronic rhino threatens the passengers from below.

Sunken Tramp Steamer A sunken tramp steamer boat has been added to the Jungle Cruise hippopotamus scene at the Magic Kingdom, according to WDWNT.

A steamer trunk labeled “Property of La Rosa” and black trunk bearing the name “Puffin” float in the water — referring to safari members Rosa Soto Dominguez and Siobhan “Puffin” Murphy.

Nearby, a tarp covers what is expected to be a wrecked boat scene with monkeys, according to WDWNT.

Concept art shows five chimps taking over a half-sunken boat — splattering paint on the rooftop canopy of the tramp steamer and releasing butterflies from a cage. One chimp with a parasol sits on the roof of the boat while another has taken over the helm and the skipper’s microphone. Some of the new figures will feature animatronic movements.

Another new scene featuring monkeys catching butterflies will be added to the Jungle Cruise attractions. Concept art shows a pair of monkeys rummaging through overturned crates labeled “Fragile Live Insects.” One monkey wields a butterfly net while another chomps on one of the brightly colored flying insects.

A “native celebration” scene with tribal dancers and an ambush scene with attacking natives have also been removed from the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom, according to WDWNT.

Trader Sam’s The audio-animatronic Trader Sam the headhunter has been removed from the finale scene of the ride at the Magic Kingdom, according to WDWNT.

In a new scene, Trader Sam will become an unseen Jungle Navigation Company manager who has converted the river tour company’s thatched-roofed hut for lost and found items into the Trader Sam’s Gift Shop.

Boats, Baits and Bites The Jungle Cruise rides at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom are similar but not identical. The Florida version of the ride has updated one scene that doesn’t appear in California.

A new Boats, Baits and Bites shack has replaced a “Pygmy Welcoming Party” hut on the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom, according to WDWNT.

Spears topped with skulls and pygmy canoe masks have been removed from the scene.

The Boats, Baits and Bites shack has a Gone Fishin’ sign posted by Skipper Sully. The riverside food hut is decorated with a fishing net, menu board and fish drying on a line.

It remains to be seen if the new Boats, Baits and Bites scene will be incorporated into the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland.

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