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Jungle Cruise

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 7 out of 10

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Climb aboard a tramp steamer inspired by the movie The African Queen for a cruise down the rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America. Your skipper will point out the animatronic “wildlife" along the way, while treating you to his spiel of pun-laden jokes.

The Jungle Cruise is as good as your skipper makes it. Several comics and Disney executives (including comedian Steve Martin and Pixar chief John Lasseter) got their start as skippers on Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise. A great skipper, with fun jokes and the right delivery, can make a visit to the Jungle Cruise as much fun as a visit to a comedy club. A weak skipper, though, can have you noticing just how robotic some of those animals look.


A classic boat ride through the rivers of Adventureland that encounters hippos, lions, and piranhas, among other animals and natives, along the way. This ride has been a favorite for years but honestly the ride itself is not that great. The highlights of this ride are the skippers themselves if they are a good skipper, that is. This is superior to Disneyland's because of the extra indoor temple scene which is really neat and the backside of water scene looks more real with a better waterfall effect. The flaws are a ton of the animatronics are very dated and the humor and jokes can get very old after just one ride. It has some of the longest lines at the park and really I don't find it worth it waiting in line for, because of this. This ride is now getting an update with The Rock which I think it deserves. We will see how that will turn out! Try to ride this at night because it feels like a real jungle at night, it's pretty cool! 7/10
Dry humor, and some OK-looking AAs still make a classic, that I try and ride at least every few times I come. Could use a script update- or at least give the skippers more leeway. The ride itself is pretty good, once you get over the rocking due to an imbalanced boat... Still pretty fun.
It's a classic, but it isn't really all that great. I love cheesy jokes, and that is why I enjoy this one. However, The animatronics are showing their age, and the jokes get old after one ride. It garners some very long waits, and I imagine that many come off disappointed. I think an update is in order. Try to ride at night when it actually feels like a cruise in the jungle. 6/10
In my opinion, it should be taken out and replaced with Indiana Jones.
Jungle Cruise is a classic! It'll make you laugh and it's a great way to get off your feet. Although a little dated, it has some interesting features that you won't want to miss. For me it's not a "must-do" attraction, but if the line is short, why not? But in my past experiences, the line is practically always long, which is frustrating. The boat ride is pretty lengthy, so make sure you have time. So a fun, entertaining, slow boat ride that will make you laugh!
Overall - 7.5/10
Welcome to the Jungle! We got fun and games, and yellow fever, and malaria, and hippos. Oh my. This WDW Classic is sure to bring smiles to everyone in the family, as well as adventure, excitement, and yes ladies, even romance. I would give this attraction a 10/10, however since the Jungle Navigation Co. thinks it could do better without Pygmies, I rate it an 8. (Hint hint WDW execs, want a better rating, feed a starving former skip! That is all.)
It's fun and relaxing, a nice diversion from the clutter and crowding of the Magic Kingdom. The animatronics aren't too lifelike and they've gone off a bit in terms of motion, but the real attraction here is the comedic narration provided by the skippers. If you're a fan of dry humor and lampooning kitschy old rides, this is for you. If you're not, then I'd still say give it a try. The jokes are so corny that you can't help but laugh, and this ride is historically significant as well.
This classic was designed by Walt Disney himself, and it holds up relatively well today. Another good place to take a cool break, floating down the Nile, Mekong, Congo and Amazon rivers is surprisingly immersive (and shaded). It should, however, be noted that the line is often very long- but it is a FastPass Plus attraction.

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