Tokyo Disneyland to reboot its Jungle Cruise
The Tokyo Disney Resort just announced a US$16 million reboot of Tokyo Disneyland's Jungle Cruise ride, for a fall 2014 debut.
From the press release:
The revamped version of the attraction will have new lighting effects and other special show effects. In addition, a specially written musical sound track will be heard throughout the attraction for the first time in any Jungle Cruise. Also, an after-dark only “night cruise” will provide a unique take on the jungle adventure.
The new Jungle Cruise will offer Guests an adventure that is even more thrilling than before. From on board the attraction’s boats, Guests will explore jungle landscapes full of wild animals with the help of their daring and comical skipper who guides them through the beauty and dangers of this exotic world. The adventure includes a startling encounter with one of the animal spirit guardians in the ruins of a lost jungle temple.
The "night cruise" option reminds me of the wildly popular "Night Safari" at the Singapore Zoo, an attraction that's been copied throughout Asia. But a musical soundtrack? As the press release stated, that is a first for a Jungle Cruise. Tokyo Disney's got a pretty good track record with musical revamps, though. Tokyo DisneySea's 2007 revamp of its Sindbad ride added Alan Menken's "The Compass of Your Heart," which has proven itself one of the top theme park songs in the world.
Of course, this announcement should fuel speculation on whether similar reboots will come to Disney's other Jungle Cruises around the world. The Oriental Land Company — not Disney — might be paying the bills in Tokyo, but they're hiring the same Imagineers who could bring these same plans to Disney's U.S. parks for the (not unsubstantial) cost of installation.
The current version of Jungle Cruise will close in Tokyo on January 6, 2014.
Surprised TH hasn't commented yet, he always eats up anything Jungle Cruise ;)
Have you been on the Tokyo Jungle Cruise, Robert? If so, any guesses as to why they would make this change?
I skipped that ride in Tokyo, mostly because it's such a narrative-driven attraction and I don't speak Japanese. But from I understand, it's essentially the same ride as the US versions.
Clearly this is the biggest theme park news of the last decade.
This would have to happen in Japan. The US Disney fan-boy crowd would never accept it. I can imagine the endless blog posts and comments now...
One of the cheapest (investment wise) things Disney can do is change the script and jokes every 2 or 3 years. It's a really tired ride with a tired script and is as boring and outdated as it is old. Imagine what they could do with all that land. Tarzan toilets, a Jungle book eatery and a "game" finding differently coloured coconuts in a palm tree forest. Finish it of with a new jungle cruise ride including the people mover ride system showing the animals singing a catchy song and a projection off the backside of a waterfall.
Nope, TH, I win. Anything that brings this dilapidated relic closer to the 21st Century is welcome news.
I'd love to see this type of change at Disney World. They can leave the original in California and take some chances to make it different in Orlando. Of course, that would require Disney to spend more money, so the chances are very low.
I would welcome a classy, well thought out upgrade in CA because lets face it the "classic" jungle cruise we all know is not the original anyways ( as the original didn't have comic relief and was more like a realistic excursion more like Mark Twain) and imo gets a little old for revisits. I mean the back side of water just isn't funny after you heard it once. Don't get me wrong, some of the skippers put on an excellent and entertaining performance, but I have long felt that this attraction deserved some serious plussing So this is great news to me. Also Disney has shown that it can upgrade classic attractions while respecting their nostalgia(like POTC). But bigger than that I wish they'd plus Mark Twain with real animatronics!
Jacob, "... If so, any guesses as to why they would make this change? ..."
Dan Heaton: I'd love to see this type of change at Disney World ... Of course, that would require Disney to spend more money, so the chances are very low.
Rao-sta-bout writes: "Nope, TH, I win. Anything that brings this dilapidated relic closer to the 21st Century is welcome news."
Well, the Lone Ranger's going in with the piranhas, so there's not going to be any room over there. ;^)
You telling me my Mary Ann / Ginger night cruise idea wasn't cool enough on its own? Okay then, how about a Sharknado? Even better, a Chihuahtopus?
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Glad to hear it! I'll be fresh back from Disneyland and in need of some Disney-centric entertainment!
Great tokyo disneyland!!
Oohhhh even their elephants in the bathing pool look happier because they are at the Tokyo Disneyland
If anyone's gonna do a reboot right, it's Tokyo! Sure Monsters Inc isn't a reboot over there, but it's already better than what DCA has. Same with Winnie the Pooh. Just to clarify, I know it's not just all about technology. Just because technology is better in an attraction doesn't automatically make it better overall. It's the application of said technology that makes something better.
The night cruise seems interesting. Based on MK's hours, it might be a good option.
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