Join us for a cruise down the perilous rivers of the jungle at night!
That’s right, we’re going on a nighttime Jungle Cruise!
Hi, and welcome to Memory Thread number 8 in the WDW Pensieve, I’m Bob, curator of the pensieve and the recorder of my family’s trips to Walt Disney World.
I’d like to thank you for joining me in revisiting our recent trip.
During our recent 10 hour visit to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, back on May 21, we had the opportunity to ride the Jungle Cruise twice, once during the day and once at night.
We had heard that it’s a different ride at night and it was. Not being able to see too far beyond the boat enhanced the jungle mystery of it all.
We had managed to get a FastPass for the night version and showed up at the Jungle Cruise at the appointed time.
The night tour is the same as it is during the day, the corny jokes are still told, but you can’t see anything that’s not lit by the lights from the boat.
Jungle Cruise simulates a riverboat cruise down several major rivers of Asia, Africa and South America.
The Walt Disney World Jungle Cruise is set as a depression era British outpost on the Amazon river, operated by the fictional company, The Jungle Navigation Co., whose advertisement poster is painted on the wall near the exit of the attraction.
Park guests board replica tramp steamers from a 1930s British explorers’ lodge and are taken on a voyage past many different Audio-Animatronic jungle animals. The tour is led by a live Disney cast member delivering a humorous narration based on a written and practiced script, but generally is largely delivered ad-lib.
There are 15 boats, with a maximum of 10 in operation at any given time.
Near the Hippo Pool, a piece of a downed airplane can be seen along the shoreline. This is the back half of the Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior found at The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Casablanca scene.
All of the animals are audio animatronics, but most of the plants are real tropical or local plants.
Each variety of plant throughout the attraction was carefully selected by landscape architect Bill Evans to ensure that the foliage would be able to endure Florida’s unique climate: hot summers and relatively cool winters. The most difficult aspect of this was making sure these plants had the appropriate look and feel of traditional tropical plants in the equatorial jungle.
Disney controls the clarity of the water in order to obscure from guests’ view the boat’s guidance system and undesirable items like perches and mechanized platforms of the bathing elephants and hippos.
A Holiday overlay, Jingle Cruise, runs during the Holiday season at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort. This started in the Holiday season of 2013.
The queue of the Jungle Cruise is heavily themed with period artifacts, tools, gear, photos and more. It is intended to resemble an outpost where an exploration of the jungle rivers may be booked.
Throughout the queue, potential jungle cruisers can hear period-style themed radio broadcasts. Albert Awol‘s broadcast is different from that of Disneyland’s, in that it is customized to be ride specific.
And now, be sure to put on your headphones to properly experience the binaural audio of our nighttime voyage aboard the Jungle Cruise!
I hope you made it back from our voyage through the perilous jungle.
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