Jungle Cruise (Disneyland Resort)

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Take a ride through the jungles of the world with a witty Skipper as your tour guide. Sights, sounds, and bad jokes abound, but one thing is certain: you'll always make the dangerous return to civilization!

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Location: Adventureland.
Ride Type: Gentle-moving boat ride.
Height Req.: None.
Fastpass: No.
Single Rider: No.
Child Swap: No.
Avg. Wait*: 15-20 minutes.
Ride Length: 6 minutes 45 seconds.
Vehicle Capacity: About 30 people per boat. Seating around the perimeter of the boat and on a bench in the center.
Operating Hours: Park opening to park closing.
 
*Wait times my vary widely on a number of factors including crowd levels, showtimes, and hour of the day.
  • Each of the Skippers has their own personality and favorite jokes so no two Skippers are exactly alike!
  • The jungle is well lit at night but many still prefer daytime trips.
  • If you don’t mind a night voyage into the jungle, you might want to ride during Fantasmic! when lines are shorter.
  • Seats on the dock-side of the boat offer better views; to be seated there, take the right fork in the queue near the loading dock.
  • At one point, when you reach the loading dock, the queue forks into two separate queues. Unless one of the pathways is chained off, head for the shorter side even if you don’t see anybody nearby. Often times, people hesitate and simply stay behind the person in front of them making for a shorter queue on the other side. You might end up passing more than a full boat-load of people in line! If both sides are equal, take the left fork, it’s a bit shorter. Be sure to keep your entire party together, though!

Fun Facts

  • This attraction opened on July 17, 1955. It’s an opening day original!
  • The attraction was expanded and upgraded in 1962, 1964, 1976, and 2005 with new figures and show scenes.
  • In 1994, the river’s banks were shifted to allow space for the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction and a new two-story Jungle Cruise queue building.
  • The Jungle Cruise was originally envisioned by Walt Disney to include real wild animals. When he was advised that many of these animals were nocturnal, he turned instead to creating mechanical creatures. Although, Walt often said jokingly that the mechanical animals were just as much trouble as real ones!
  • The first version of the Jungle Cruise was very serious, based on Walt Disney's True Life Adventure Series. It wasn't until a few years later that the humorous vignettes were added and the attraction took a more tongue-in-cheek tone.
  • When the Jungle Cruise first opened, it linked up with the Rivers of America. It wasn't until New Orleans Square was developed in 1966 that the waterways were separated.

Safety and Accessibility

  • Safety Considerations: A gun with blank bullets is fired twice in the hippo pool which may upset young children and those with sensitive hearing.
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes. A special wheel-chair accessible boat may be available, simply ask a Cast Member at the location for assistance. Otherwise, guests must be able to transfer to the boat via a single large step down into the boat.
  • Hearing Disability Services: Yes. Sign Language interpretation is available on select days. Call (714) 781-6176 (voice) or (714) 781-7292 (TTY) for more information.
  • Visual Disability Services: No.
  • Service Animals: Allowed.

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Attraction Details

The Jungle Cruise was originally meant to allow guests to step into an episode of Walt Disney's True Life Adventure Series. However, if you look into the Ticket Office in the queue, you might find a book entitled "The African Queen” sitting on one of the shelves. The Jungle Cruise attraction is said to have been influenced by the 1951 film The African Queen as well, which starred Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.

One of the most difficult tasks of creating the Jungle Cruise was building a jungle on a limited budget on acres of dirt. Besides importing exotic plants, "character plants" were used. These plants are really just plants that look exotic but aren't.

The Jungle Cruise is also used in a famous story as the first "plussed" attraction. One day Walt Disney was in the parks and overheard a mother telling her child that because they rode the Jungle Cruise on their last trip to Disneyland, they didn't have to ride it again. Walt was horrified and had his Imagineers "plus" the ride by adding new scenes and refresh old ones. This tradition is still vital to all Disney theme parks today.

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