- Disneyland will officially reopen its Jungle Cruise tour on July 16.
- The theme park revamped the attraction as it contained race-insensitive scenes.
- The attraction will reopen before Disney’s next film, “Jungle Cruise”.
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Disneyland on Friday unveiled a preview of its revamped Jungle Cruise attraction after removing offensive racist portrayals of Indigenous peoples.
Disney announced in January that it would remove “negative portrayals” of Indigenous people from the ride, which is located at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
According to a Disney press release obtained by Insider, Jungle Cruise is expected to reopen to Disneyland visitors on July 16 after undergoing a makeover.
Jungle Cruise, one of the original Disneyland rides that opened with the theme park in 1955, remained closed when Disneyland allowed visitors to return to the park in April.
As Insider’s Amanda Krause reported in January, the original jungle cruise ride takes visitors on a skipper-led boat ride “through scenes meant to represent animal-filled rivers in Asia, in Africa and South America There are also animatronics along the way that show tourists hiding animals and “a tribe of headhunters”, citing the Disney World website at the time.
Chris Beatty, an imaginative who led the creative development of the upgrades, told Disney’s D23 fan club in January that the changes would not be “a re-vision of the whole attraction” and that the ride would still be. “The jungle cruise you know. and love.”
According to an article posted on the Disney Parks website in January, Disney Imagineer and former Jungle Cruise skipper Kevin Lively said one of the biggest changes to the updated attraction is that it will include a live person playing the role of the skipper or guide.
The revamped ride will also bring back previous boats like the Mekong Maiden and Kwango Kate, according to the Disneyland website. Animatronics has also been updated to represent a more diverse group, Insider previously reported.
“We’re excited to build on the history of jungle cruising to include new adventures that stay true to the experience we know and love, while adding more humor, more wildlife, and an interconnected story. “Chris Beatty, an Imagineer who led the creative development of the enhancements, said in a statement released in Disney’s recent press release.
Renovations to the Jungle Cruise attraction at Disney World are still underway, but it could reopen later this summer, according to the same Disney statement.
Jungle Cruise will open before the next Disney film of the same title, “Jungle Cruise,” which is scheduled to premiere on July 24. The film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt.