Jungle Cruise reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Jungle Cruise, a tour in Adventureland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Written by Robert Niles
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.
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. - Sarah Bebb
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. - Emily Kramer
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. - Kevin Erlendsson
Eh, I like it but it's getting old. I can see a nice Indiana Jones thrill ride right there ! - Owen Scott
I thought it compared favorably to the Disneyland version. We had a great tour guide, I think that makes or breaks the ride. - Jeff Krinock
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