Over the years I have enjoyed many attractions and several have been my "favorite", but if there's one that always keeps me coming back for more, it's a relaxing cruise down the major rivers of Asia, Africa and South America. Just climb aboard one of the 15 ride vehicles like the Amazon Annie and you'll embark on one of Disney's most classic journeys. The magic of the Jungle Cruise.
Located in the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland guests board tramp steamers reminiscent of "The African Queen" and are welcomed by a Skippers that are spunky and creative, with a scripts that make me laugh and groan. Each group of guests set sail from the last outpost of civilization, and begins their journey deep through tropical rain forests of Asia past elephant pools and hippos that wiggle their ears.
This classic attraction was not only slated for the original Disneyland's opening day, but shines in the Magic Kingdom and has more sister rides in Tokyo and Hong Kong Disney Parks. Only Disneyland Paris lacks this menagerie of Audio-Animatronic jungle animals, charming vingettes, humorous scripted gags and exotic ruins.
The Jungle Cruise was one of the attractions that feed Walt Disney's passion with the 'plussing' his rides and attraction. The story goes that when Walt overheard a mother telling her child that they didn't need to ride The Jungle Cruise again because they had been on it once, Walt was upset and immediately put his imagineers back to work on upgrades. This continuous improvement and change is one of those things that keep Disney Parks attractions as fresh and fun for the folks that are on their first as well as those on their fourty-first visit.
I love the Jungle Cruise and it's campy, fun feeling that takes guests on a journey not only through the story of the attraction, but through Disney History. It's one of my favorite attractions, is it one of yours? Leave a comment below and let me know why it's special to you.