One of the principle considerations in this specific poll involves the “Narrative” element. The locked in scripted speeches of the other attractions fall well short of the Jungle Cruise. The skipper’s banter and ad-libs make every ride unique. At the attraction’s unload dock the omnipresence of applause affirms the quality of the show. The content of the ride is so renowned that a “Skipper Stand Up” comedy show – featuring Jungle Cruise humor – that takes place at the Maverick Theater in Fullerton, California. In the years since it opened, the attraction and its skippers have found a permanent place in place in pop culture (going so far as to inspire a song and video by Weird Al Yankovich). Pixar creative chief John Lasseter and film actor Kevin Costner were both Jungle Cruise skippers.
The Jungle Cruise is the creation of Imaginers Bill Evans, Harper Goff and (the LEGENDARY) Marc Davis. While the other attractions in this poll are worthy of praise, the Jungle Cruise stands out as an iconographic piece of theme park history – a Disney legend on par with the Haunted Mansion, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride or the Pirates of the Caribbean. None of the other attractions listed on this poll come even close to such a distinction.
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Having said all that … Jungle Cruise skippers … On my command: UNLEASH HELL!
The Great Movie Ride is a grand achievement, but it is also in dire need of an update.
As for the Jungle Cruise, I agree with TH that the skipper is a key element that has to be factored into the vote. He or she can make or break the ride experience, for sure. Sadly, no matter who you get, this attraction is still pretty lame. It needs... something. Th has called for the addition of Hippos with lazers and natives who sport Jack Sparrow guyliner, both of which might help, but I doubt it. People don't call it the JUNGLE SNOOZE for nothing. Zzzzzzzzzz....
As for the Universal Studios Tour, I have not ridden it for over 20 years. However, it is the centerpiece of USH and one of the longest attractions at any American theme park. It is like experiencing 4 - 5 top notch attractions with only one wait. Hard to beat.
Ultimately, I decided to vote for the longest "actual" tour (Universal Studios Tour), not the longest "feeling" tour (Jungle Snooze).
I'll have to make it a target to ride Jungle Cruise next time at Disneyworld. Haven't been on it again in any recent trips, it might just be too cringey for our family!
Jaws would have got my vote.. if.. if...!
The Safari ride is great but it is scripted and never changes…
Anyone who says that they don't love it must be in...................
Anyway, grats to Jungle Cruise early.
Especially this one time when I went on it in college during spring break with lots of friends (and my future wife). There was this girl from Japan who was our guide. Her English was passable, but it clearly wasn't her first language. She was tiny (she could not have been more than 5 feet even) and she smiled through every line and even laughed when Jaws attacked us. When Jaws came at us, she yelled, "OH NO, ITS A JAWS." When she started shooting the grenade launcher, she was pointing it in a different direction than the explosions, which was just so funny. The mistakes she was making actually added to the fun and the utter enthusiasm she had for being the tour guide was so infectious that it made us cheer extra loud when we burned the shark to a crisp.
It was one of my favorite theme park memories.
The photo contained here-in of the Wizard of Oz scene was icing on the proverbial cake.
That's what Disney's commercials tell me. :^)
However, I should mention that I think Disney's the Haunted Mansion has a narrative in the ride that sort of places it in the same category if not for the fact that its is all tape.
Hey, more power to ya, TH, that's what being a fan(atic) is all about!
This should be no contest. The Jungle Cruise is a CLASSIC theme park attraction. The ride is the only non-unique ride in this competition as there are 4 around the world(TH points them out nicely). The Jungle Cruise has a script with skipper ad-libs to make every ride unique, Just like 3 other rides... Many famous people were involved with the Jungle Cruise, eerily similar to 3 other rides. (btw, Jack, why wouldn't you risk it?) However, the other three rides are far superior to the Jungle Cruise(which is fun though). I will focus on the one true narrated ride king: Kilimanjaro Safaris(The Facebook Campaigns have already started though I still can't quite figure out Twitter). The Safaris take the Jungle Cruise to the next level. The animals are real this time. The ride has a mild thrill that all enjoy (cowering in fear from plastic natives shaking spears at you fails to thrill). By the way, did you know the Jungle Cruise animals are fake? There were too many complaints about not seeing real animals so Disney came up with a commercial to convince people. The Safaris lets guests actually feel as if they in the heart of Africa(100 acres of mock Africa works much better than 25 acres of hippo-shaped pieces of plastic rising out of the water and dipping back in) with open spaces, hundreds of REAL animals, high speed chases, and African landscape as far as the eye can see. Walt Disney originally wanted an attraction with REAL animals, but couldn't, so the Jungle Cruise was built as a mediocre substitute. Please vote for the Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Additional notes:-Jungle Cruise is on a track, Safaris? Nope.-Jungle Cruise uses a fake spider that shakes every 5 minutes as an excuse for an AA. -The Safaris Combines a great story with an amazing animal experience. -Animals(most of them) can actually walk up to your vehicle for up close views. The Cruise excuses stay in one spot.
When it comes to a "Narrative" ride, Kilimanjaro Safaris is ... well, adequate. Guests seated at the back of the train of cars never see the guide. The importance of the spiel (narrative) is secondary at best. Heck, the narrative on Kilimanjaro Safaris may as well be a pre-recorded tape.
And the animals at Kilimanjaro Safaris are great ... when they're in sight and not asleep. On the Jungle Cruise you see the back side of water. On Kilimanjaro Safaris you get to see the back side of an elephant. Not very attractive.
That's why the Jungle Cruise is, was and always will be the "Best Narrative Ride."
I Respond: Actually I got a temp job at a call center with 275 terminals ... And for the record, the weather in West Bengal is quite temperate this time of year.
Jungle Cruise FTW! duh.
And as for Jaws not being on the list for current attractions . . . as far as I know, it's still open in Japan, right? And you did have a couple attractions from Japan, ToT, Journey . . . just sayin'
I Respond: But (apparently) not quantitatively.
He has an army of animatronic hippos ready to do his bidding.
Also, because Jungle Cruise is the best of those rides. When I think of my first time visiting Walt Disney World in December of 1984, I think of Jungle Cruise. It defines that trip for me (along with the classic version of Journey into Imagination).
Kilimanjaro Safaris is a fun ride. I could see why some people would root (and vote) for it, but honestly I think the narrative aspect of the ride feels tacked on and takes away from the experience of being surrounded by hundreds of exotic animals.
The Universal Studios Tour can't compare with either of those rides.
The Great Movie Ride hasn't been staffed with adequate talent in years (I haven't experienced a decent Mugsy in years), and deserves to have the word "Great" stripped from its name until they can bring it back up to snuff. Anyone who voted for this probably hasn't ridden it since shortly after it opened.