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Film franchise starring Dwayne Johnson gets a new theme park ride

Disney’s live-action Jungle Cruise was so successful, it was given the green light for a sequel, which is already in the works and will star Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, each reprising their respective roles from the first installment of the film franchise, which saw its theatrical and Disney+ releases on July 30.

The film was one of the few that, like the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise before it, the idea began as an attraction, and ended up a motion picture.

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In like fashion (or reverse fashion, however you choose to look at it), today we’ve learned that another franchise in which Dwayne Johnson stars is set to get its own attraction, but it’s not at Disney.

Yes, soon fans of the Jumanji film franchise will have the opportunity to realize their wildest Jumanji-inspired dreams, deep in the created jungles at Gardaland Resort. The resort is located off the shores of Lake Garda in Verona’s northeastern Castelnuovo del Garda, which is Italy’s version of Universal Studios.

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The new attraction is set to be an indoor experience, one rife with “pitfalls, surprises, and dangers through the wild jungle,” according to its description, but minus the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart, the four stars of the franchise.

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The concept artwork for the attraction features what you might imagine in a Jumanji-esque jungle-themed attraction: a hostile group of baboons, giant anacondas, and a very hungry hippo who threatens to swallow a Jeep as its next meal.

No word on when the attraction opens to the public, but we can tell you that the Jungle Cruise sequel is due out sometime, well, we don’t know that either.

It looks like it may be a while yet, as the sequel was only recently announced, and Johnson and Blunt are currently working on another film together about the first real-life female Sherlock Holmes.


About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!