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CRISIS at Disney: An Animal Had to Be AIRLIFTED out of Disney’s Jungle Cruise Attraction

Jungle Cruise airlift
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This was quite a sight to see!

Guests visiting Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, were witnesses to a highly unusual situation in the Park yesterday. Guests yesterday were confused to see a massive helicopter hovering closely above Disneyland Park. This confusion was able to be clarified by Cast Members, who explained that an animal was being removed via helicopter from an attraction in the Park. 

Jungle Cruise monkey animatronics

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Helicopter Rescue for Jungle Cruise Animal

Usually, the only thing flying above Disneyland Resort is Tinker Bell and Baymax. Seeing a helicopter hovering so close to the Park was enough to cause quite a commotion yesterday, July 25.

According to Cast Members, the airlift took place at Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise attraction. The Jungle Cruise, one of the oldest and most beloved attractions at Disneyland Park, has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of visitors over the years. This iconic ride’s ‘Skippers’ take Guests on a hilarious Jungle Cruise boat journey through exotic jungles and rivers, offering a taste of adventure and excitement that only Disney can deliver.

behind the attraction jungle cruise 1

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Walt Disney had always been fascinated by adventure and exploration. He wanted to bring this spirit of adventure to the theme Park, and so the idea for the Jungle Cruise was born. The ride was an opening day attraction at Disneyland Park in 1955, and it quickly became a fan favorite.

Those Pesky Elephants!

If you have ever had the pleasure of riding the Jungle Cruise, you will know that the Disney Park ride features numerous animatronic animals. Many of these animatronics are pretty large and historic. Due to their size, the only way that repairs can be done on some of them is by airlifting them out of the attraction.

Yesterday, an Elephant from the ride was malfunctioning, resulting in it needing to be airlifted from the attraction.

CM says they’re airlifting a malfunctioning elephant from Jungle Cruise!
by u/thatmathmagician in Disneyland

This is truly one of the more hilarious things to happen at Disneyland Park. Hopefully, the elephant was able to be fixed and returned to its rightful home!

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.