Disney World Magic Kingdom - Jungle Cruise

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You'll embark on your cruise in an open-air, awning-covered riverboat that journeys through the Disney "Rivers of the World" jungle. Exotic animals await you at the banks with every twist and turn of the river, watching for you to come closer, yet you never do. You never know what exotic mysteries lay just around every bend.

Ride Experience:
Time travel between four famous rivers and three continents during your fabulous and desperate journey on Disney's "Rivers of the World" as you float down the South American Amazon, Cambodian Mekong, African Congo and the Egyptian Nile. Our whimsical skipper was going to dock along the African Congo when we saw that the rhinos were on a rampage and had chased the African drum beaters up a Totem Pole. In the Cambodian Mekong Jungle, we passed a temple guarded by snakes. Don't worry; the hippos aren't dangerous unless they wiggle their ears! Be careful not to get wet as you pass under the Schweitzer Falls, named after, who else, but the famous Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Throughout the ride you want to look for some of the most exotic Audio-Animatronics' gorillas, pythons, elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, tigers, crocodiles, headhunters and more. The nighttime Jungle Cruise, with all the lighting and shadows, reveals a very different and pleasing aspect of this ride.

What Disney Says:
"Travel on the rivers of three different continents. See exotic animals, zany explorers and ancient ruins as your skipper leads you deep into the jungle. Be prepared for surprises along the way; your skipper's sure to regale you with humorous tales of danger."
Source: Disney World

Notes, Tips and/or Facts:
Walt Disney originally intended the Jungle Cruise to be an adventure in roaming among live animals. It wasn't until he realized he couldn't control the animals' sleeping habits that he decided he could tell a better story using Audio-Animatronics.

As you are waiting in line, look around, read the signs and be sure to peruse the restaurant menu. Also, once you exit, be on the lookout for some interesting parting words on the barrels. Read the dinner menu before you make reservations for the dinner cruise.

Author's Comments:
The first time I went through this ride I wasn't worried because it was hot, since I was hoping the boat full of guests would get wet from the elephant spray and from traveling under the water fall. The boat caption's commentary has not changed very much over the years. They are funny and present their information with gusto.

Bruce Moran

 

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