As much as I love some of the new attractions at Walt Disney World, I find a lot of comfort in the classics. I have been riding The Jungle Cruise since 1972 and it is a family favorite. This attraction has changed and evolved a bit over the years but some of the jokes always remain the same. What makes this attraction special are the skippers. Years ago, several Disney tour type rides had human hosts-Living with the Land, Backlot Tour and others. Now The Jungle Cruise and The Great Movie Ride are the only rides with actual hosts and these hosts can make or break your ride experience. On our most recent Jungle Cruise we had Skipper Clint and he was FABULOUS! You could tell he enjoyed his job, he laughed with the people hearing his jokes for the first time and he appreciated when us old timers recited some of his jokes with him.
I am getting ahead of myself though. The Jungle Cruise has a well themed queue, especially for a classic attraction. Not much has changed in this space over the years and the tarantula is always a crowd favorite.
The ride itself hasn’t changed over the years. The jokes have changed over the years and the use of the skippers gun has changed. Originally the skipper shot the hippo then for years the gun remained in its holster and now some skippers use the gun to “Scare away the hippos” but not to hurt them.
Yes, this ride is hokey and I have friends that leave me comments like, “Really? You’re riding that again?” whenever I check in on Foursquare but I like it and it usually offers some good laughs.
I’ll leave you with the most impressive view on the entire ride…
Is The Jungle Cruise a must-do or a don’t-do on your Disney touring schedule? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.
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