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Disney’s Iconic Jungle Cruise Attraction Gets an Update

One of Disney’s most iconic attractions, Jungle Cruise, has received an update that will have Park Guests experiencing all sorts of “Festive Follies.”

The Jungle Cruise is the perfect family-friendly attraction at both Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. Guests can board a boat and “Chart a course for high adventure on a scenic and comedic boat tour of exotic rivers across Asia, Africa and South America.”

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The Disney experience is filled with Cast Members (Skippers) sharing puns and tongue-in-cheek jokes that are usually so bad they are good, while animatronic animals entertain Guests of all ages. Plus, let’s not forget about seeing the nostalgic “backside of water.”

It wasn’t too long ago that Disney unveiled a new look for several parts of the Jungle Cruise attraction. With the removal of tribal animatronics such as the popular Headhunter, Trader Sam, Disney attempted to remove any components that may not provide the “inclusion” vision The Walt Disney Company is aiming for.

This inclusion initiative is also the reasoning behind Splash Mountain’s remodel to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which will be completed in 2024.

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Now, Jungle Cruise in the Adventureland portion of Magic Kingdom Park has been given another update… but this one is a temporary annual change that Disney fans adore! That’s right, move over Jungle Cruise… “Jingle Cruise” has moved in.

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Disney’s official description of Jingle Cruise includes: “Festive Follies: During the holiday season, the beloved Jungle Cruise experience is transformed into the Jingle Cruise—a festive-yet-familiar adventure from stem to stern!”

“Join the homesick Jungle Cruise skippers as they set out on a holly, jolly journey packed with silly shenanigans. The boathouse and beyond are decked out with merry décor that’s been mailed to the skippers or that they’ve created themselves. They’re even unwrapping a few holiday jokes to help everyone get in the spirit.”

Jingle Cruise décor for Jungle Cruise attraction
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Not only has Jungle Cruise received a makeover for the holidays, but Disney is revealing all sorts of holiday decor. Magic Kingdom Park is welcoming the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Plus, EPCOT will have the popular Candlelight Processional offering, as well as the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

Happy holidays, Disney fans!

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.