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Jungle Cruise

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 7 out of 10

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Published: January 15, 2014

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 entertainers and Disney executives (including 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 return visit to the Jungle Cruise as much fun as a revisit to a hot comedy club. A weak skipper, though, can have you noticing just how robotic some of those animals look. In 2013, Disney introduced a holiday version of the ride, called "Jingle Cruise," which added holiday-themed jokes to the skippers' scripts during November and December.

Albino Pygmy
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.)
Sarah Bebb
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.
Emily  Kramer
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.
Kevin Erlendsson
The Jungle Cruise combines classic audio-animatronics and the dry-cheesy humor that defines Disney. The jokes aren't always great, but this is definetly something to do for first time visitors.
Owen  Scott
Eh, I like it but it's getting old. I can see a nice Indiana Jones thrill ride right there !
Jeff Krinock
I thought it compared favorably to the Disneyland version. We had a great tour guide, I think that makes or breaks the ride.


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