Current Disney marketing image for The Jungle Cruise.
But the Jungle Cruise has stood the test of time and become something of a Disney staple, still lush, fresh and exciting while similar Disney staples need to be buffered every five years to stay appealing (Space Mountain, anybody?). Perhaps the innate simplicity of the attraction is its’ greatest asset: a guided tour through every
Perhaps the Jungle Cruise, because of its’ popularity and attachment to Walt Disney, lingered around just long enough to become cool again. In 1959,
The Walt Disney World of 1971 reformatted this appetite into a swooning
But by the mid-90’s, the attitude was changing. Left to their own devices for 45 years, the fake animals and the skippers’ sometimes flippant attitude about them began to look like something new again: a post-modern attraction. Now jokes about Its A Small World, freeways and optical illusions flow as freely as water over
So let’s celebrate, 50 years later, one of the longest living and most over the top toy chests any kid could ever ask for: The Jungle Cruise and the tradition of the live spiel. It’s still honored after 50 years of revision. And here’s to another fifty.