Jungle Cruise – Adventureland – Magic Kingdom
Travel on the world’s most exotic rivers to see realistic Audio-Animatronic animals and ancient ruins. Be prepared for surprises along the way, including some very punny jokes! Jungle Cruise is located in Adventureland, across from the Enchanted Tiki Room, just beyond the Swiss Family Treehouse.
Queue — As you wind your way around a deceptively long queue that snakes back and forth through the last outpost of the Jungle Cruise offices, be sure to note the architectural details. For example, there’s a chalkboard with a list of missing boats and persons, with names like “Ilene Dover” and “Anne Fellen.” Also listen to the overhead chatter of the Cast Members to help while the wait time away. The really bad jokes they tell give you an idea of what you’re in for on the cruise itself!
Jungle Cruise — You board canopied launches patterned after the boat in the movie The African Queen that have whimsical names like “Bomokandi Bertha”, “Irrawaddy Irma,” and “Amazon Annie.” After the launch leaves the dock, the skipper then pilots you through the dangerous waters of four “rivers”: the Amazon in South America; the Congo in Africa; the Nile in Egypt; and the Mekong river in Cambodia in Southeast Asia. Along the route, a variety of realistic (and some not-so) Audio-Animatronic animals and natives are encountered, including a herd of bathing elephants in the Elephant Pool (left), some lions enjoying their dinner, angry hippos who might attack at any moment, and a shrunken head salesman. The launch also passes by a waterfall and several spraying fountains, so you may just get a little damp on this 10-minute excursion. In addition to being sprayed, you will also be peppered by a barrage of bad jokes and puns from your skipper! The cruise concludes with more funnies as guest disembark at the same point from which they started.
To compare, take a look at our page on the Disneyland version of this attraction HERE.
NOTE: During the holidays, Walt Disney World decorates the Jungle Cruise with an overlay, turning it into the Jingle Cruise.
The Jungle Cruise is a FastPass+ attraction. Queues at this attraction continue to be long during busy periods, though. If you have time before your FastPass+ window opens up, walk over to ride the Pirates of the Caribbean.
Accessibility: Riders in wheelchair/ECV may remain in them at this attraction but will need to wait for the “Bomokandi Bertha” boat.
Ears to the World, Disney’s show translators, are available here for guests with limited English fluency. Guests may choose from one of five languages: French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Ask at Guest Relations at the park entrance.
The cruise takes on a whole different feel when ridden in the evening in the dark — this is also a less crowded time to take the ride.
This attraction has one very dark patch during which you cruise through a cave. It may not be advisable for folks with a fear of the dark or claustrophobia.
Tip: Because of several dark spots and a slightly scary trip with a darkened cave, young children might prefer to take this cruise during daylight hours.
If you’re lucky and your little one is the only child on a particular cruise, the skipper may just let him or her take the wheel (see picture)!
Disney Characters are typically not found in the Jungle Cruise, but there are several character “meet and greet” locations in Adventureland. Be sure to check the daily Times Guide for times and exact locations.
Aloha Isle is located behind the Enchanted Tiki Room, which is located across from the entrance to the Jungle Cruise.
Sunshine Tree Terrace is located nearby and can be found just over the bridge as you enter Adventureland from the hub.
Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen is located across from the entrance to the Jungle Cruise. Experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms – including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. This table-service restaurant is staffed by Jungle Cruise Skippers.
Bwana Bob’s sells rubber snakes, Safari Mickey Mouse shirts and hats, sunglasses and film.
The Crow’s Nest sells cameras, film, film accessories, videos and picture frames.
Hidden Mickey Alert: In the cave Temple, look for the Mickey-shaped arrangement of three plates.
Jungle Cruise opened at the Magic Kingdom in 1971.
The first version of the Jungle Cruise was very serious, based on Walt Disney’s True Life Adventure series. It wasn’t until a few years later that the Jungle Cruise “skippers” began adding jokes and funny stories.
Rumor is that the beached plane you see while on your jungle tour is really just half a plane — the other half was in the Casablanca scene in the Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The Jungle Cruise boats are 27 feet long, and reach a top speed of 3.2 feet per second, using a 4-cylinder Chevrolet engine.
Just outside the attraction, there is a small lake that used to be the home of Shrunken Ned’s Junior Jungle Boats, which allowed wannabe skippers the ability to pilot miniature boats via radio-controlled remote controls. Captains would pilot their boats through a number of obstacles and of course, try to ram other boats while in the process. This attraction was not included in the basic admission price and required additional funds to play. The Junior Jungle Boats were installed in 1997, and discontinued September 20, 2012.
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