Have You Noticed These Imagineering Details on The Jungle Cruise?

When talking classic Disney attractions, Jungle Cruise is at the top of our list! It was an opening day attraction at both Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, and it remains a beloved favorite today, thanks to the corny jokes from the Skippers.

Jungle Cruise

In addition to looking for the backside of water, there are tons of details to find on Jungle Cruise!

Here are five of our favorite hidden details on the attraction!

1. Plane Crazy

Before you enter the Hippo pool, look to your right, and you’ll see half of a plane! Your skipper will probably make a great joke about taking a CRASH COURSE to get the job. LOL.

Downed Plane

What you might not realize though, is the front of half of this downed cruiser lived in another Disney World attraction for a very long time! If you remember the now gone Great Movie Ride, you may recall the Casablanca scene.

Casablanca Scene in the Great Movie Ride

As Humphrey Bogart utters his famous line, a plane would start up behind him. And it was just the front half of that prop plane — because the back half was here on the Jungle Cruise! (It also lived on the Studio Backlot tour for a period!)

2. Glowing Eyes

When you enter the temple you see a few creatures lurking. Their eyes are glowing (as animal eyes do) in the dark!

A lot of people think this is a hightech trick but really it’s just marbles with special paint! Don’t forget, this attraction debuted in 1955 so the technology is old, but it still holds up!

3. Canoe See It?

When floating past the canoes (just before the giant snake), look closely at the faces on them.

They were actually designed to resemble Mickey, Donald, and Goofy! Donald is in the middle with the duck bill, Mickey is on the end with the curved horns to resemble his round ears, and Goofy is on the left with the pointy horns to indicate his floppy dog ears!

4. You look familiar.

This poor chap is getting the point (in the end) of being safe on a safari, but look closely at his face. Have you seen him somewhere before?

If you’ve been on the Haunted Mansion (which of course you have) you’ll also find him there. He’s the Grave Digger with the dog you see as you enter the graveyard! Disney Imagineers often recycle molds for faces instead of creating brand new ones, which is why this lucky guy gets to live at two iconic rides.

5. Missing Persons

Some of the best details are in the queue and unload area — like this hilarious sign listing missing persons and boats.

Take a minute to read some of the names, and you’re sure to have a chuckle. My favorites go together: “Ilene Dover” and “Ann Fellen.” 🙂

For more Jungle Cruise fun, check out this AllEars TV video!

Are you a Jungle Cruise fan?  Let us know in the comments! 

Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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One Reply to “Have You Noticed These Imagineering Details on The Jungle Cruise?”

  1. The tiger in California is outside, not in the enclosed temples ruins like Florida. So it is unlikely that his eyes have been glowing in the dark since 1955; 1971 makes more sense.