As we shared earlier from the Disney Parks Blog, the World Famous Jungle Cruise is going to be getting some new enhancements. One of my favorite things about the Jungle Cruise is the Skipper and how they make each Cruise different. Now with the new enhancements, the story will follow another Skipper and their passengers as they made their way down the Jungle and things didn’t go exactly as planned.
Jeffrey Epstein sat down with Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Portfolio Executive Chris Beatty to get all the details on everything coming to the Nile. I wanted to share a few of the highlights from the interview, but you can read the full article by visiting: https://d23.com/enhancements-coming-to-the-jungle-cruise/
Can you talk about why you decided to make these new updates?
We are constantly evaluating ways to enhance attractions and experiences in our parks. We want to make sure everybody has the best time—that guests from all over the world can connect with the stories we share and that how we bring those to life are respectful of the diverse world we live in. And when they get off the attraction, they know that we have done our homework because these are the details that matter. When you look at the Jungle Cruise, as it is today, there are just a couple of scenes that don’t do that and needed a refresh. But I want to make sure people know we are not changing the whole Jungle Cruise. This is not a re-envisioning of the entire attraction. It’s the Jungle Cruise you know and love, with the skippers still leading the way, and at the same time, we’re addressing the negative depictions of “natives.” So that’s one of the scenes we’re going to go in and change.
Another question asked to Chris Beatty, that I personally was wondering the answer is-
I feel like there is sometimes, perhaps, misplaced concern that when an attraction is reimagined that it is somehow not going to be as great as it was before. How do you address that?
First off, we love our fans. You could ask any Imagineer why we do what we do, and it really is to bring a smile to our fans’ faces. And we’re cautious, because we know that any time we go in to make changes, especially to a classic attraction, some may worry it’s going to lose its magic. To make sure it doesn’t, we do our homework. First, we are really leaning into our skippers. Kevin Lively, who is a writer at Imagineering, is actually a former skipper and is the writer for our show. So any changes that we are making are actually being written by a former skipper. The role the skippers play is a significant part of this attraction experience—their performance and how they bring it to life is something we all love. They are deeply passionate about this attraction, too. We want to make sure we get the skippers on board, no pun intended, and that they feel like they have some ownership in this. So that was step one.
As stated above, you can read the entire article on the D23 website at: https://d23.com/enhancements-coming-to-the-jungle-cruise/
I know many of you maybe wondering, what is the timeline for these changes and in the article is does state they haven’t announce any dates as of yet, but they are working hard to make sure they can get everything in this year.
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