Disney Updating ‘Jungle Cruise’ Ride After Complaints of Racism
Jan 27 2021
Disney has officially confirmed there are no plans to add the actors' likenesses to the ride.
The attraction was scheduled to close at the end of the day yesterday, and today we received some disappointing news from Cast Members about the closure, that the closure is expected to be permanent. With Jungle Cruise, we're bringing what people love - the humor and wit of our fantastic skippers to life - while providing the necessary updates, "said Carmen Smith, Creative Development Manager at Walt Disney Imagineering".
Jungle Cruise inspired a blockbuster film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Emily Blunt, which is due for release in July.
The updated ride will include new scenes and a new storyline, Disney said in a blog. Both Trader Sam the headhunter and the African native characters are, without question, a product of a different time, and they haven't aged almost as well as the rest of the attraction. Kwango Kate is also a former boat name. It falls in line with other recent updates, like the announcement of the Splash Mountain re-theme or the removal of the Wench Auction from Pirates of the Caribbean.
While the Jungle Cruise hasn't seen a major redesign in decades, the fact is the the Jungle Cruise has seen a significant evolution over the years.
The company said it will remain "true to the experience we know and love - more humour, wildlife and skipper heart - and also reflect and value the diversity of the world around us". The skipper of their ill-fated journey will also be added to the tree, and a new scene will show the fate of their steamer, which has run aground and been commandeered by a family of chimps. It makes each ride on the Jungle Cruise both familiar and fresh.
"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".
No word on when the changes will begin at either attraction.