Jungle Cruise – Adventureland – Magic Kingdom
Jungle Cruise Highlights:
- Sail the world’s most exotic rivers in a river boat
- Hear iconic “punny” jokes from the Skippers on this family-friendly Disney classic!
Travel on the world’s most exotic rivers to see mechanical 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 through theJungle Cruise offices, be sure to note the fun details. For example, there’s a chalkboard with a list of missing boats and persons, with names like “Ilene Dover” and “Anne Fellen.” There’s also a Menu Board that’s good for a laugh!
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 mechanical animals and natives are encountered, including a herd of bathing elephants in the Elephant Pool, some lions enjoying their dinner, angry hippos who might attack at any moment, and a shrunken head salesman: the infamous Trader Sam.
The launch also passes by a waterfall (the notorious backside of water!) and several spraying fountains, so you may get a just 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.
During the holidays, Walt Disney World decorates the Jungle Cruise with an overlay, turning it into the Jingle Cruise. Look for decorations and Santa hats along the river, plus they even renamed the boats with a Christmas theme!
Lightning Lane access for the Jungle Cruise is available with the purchase of Genie+. This is a very popular attraction, with standby lines usually 45-70+ minutes long.
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.
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.
The Agrabah Bazaar across from Magic Carpets of Aladdin may sell some Jungle Cruise themed merchandise, along with Disney merchandise from The Enchanted Tiki Room and “adventure” movies such as Aladdin and Moana.
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.