Opened: October 1, 1971.
In Adventureland, down the stairs across from Aladdin’s Magical Carpets. It’s also in between Swiss Family Treehouse and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Extra Magic Hours: No.
Length: 9 minutes.
Type: Boat ride.
Similar To: A mashup of Living with the Land and Great Movie Ride.
Scary Factor: Very low. You’ll enter a reasonably dark cave for a few moments, but there’s nothing here that should startle anyone.
What to Expect: The queue for the Jungle Cruise is deceptively long and winding so don’t ignore the posted wait time if the line appears short (or long) at first glance.
The queue is covered and cooler than many other parts of the Park, but it isn’t indoors or air-conditioned. Once you make it to the front of the line you will board a slow-moving tramp-steamer themed boat that holds about 40 passengers and has a maximum speed of just over two miles per hour.
The boat will travel through several scenes that feature audio-animatronic animals from three continents and lush tropical landscaping. Each boat features a live cast member that will narrate your voyage and tell a variety of bad jokes and puns.
Where to Sit: You want to be seated around the edge of the boat for the best views.
There are seats in the middle that are less than ideal, particularly for photographs, but also because there’s no back and you’ll be staring directly into someone’s face.
If a cast member loading guests sends you to the middle, ask if you can wait for the next boat.
FastPass+: Yes – Moderate priority. Jungle Cruise is a smart FastPass+ selection around 11am when waits begin to peak.
What You Miss Using FastPass+:
You’ll miss some of the gags in the queue, but it shouldn’t be a deal breaker and FP+ users will still see the majority of the puns.
Total Average Experience Time with FastPass+: 20 minutes.
4th FastPass+ Availability:
Expect to Wait:
When To Go: Before 10am, during the last two hours of operation, or with FastPass+
Why So Serious? The original version of the Jungle Cruise featured a much more serious narrative, rather than the purposefully pun-ny, corny version you’ll hear today. In addition, the water is dyed the dark color so you can’t tell that the water is less than five feet deep in most places.
For the last three years, Disney has put on a holiday version of the Jungle Cruise called Jingle Cruise from early November through early January.
This includes a variety of holiday touches inside the queue and around the jungle, in addition to unique holiday jokes.
Not unlike what dinner looked like during the week after Thanksgiving growing up.
Commentary: Although it features mostly “dated” animatronics and effects, Jungle Cruise remains a lot of fun. The experience hinges on your skipper who makes or breaks the experience. Although a few lines are canned, the best skippers ad lib throughout the attraction, making each ride a relatively unique experience. Most kids are mesmerized by the scenes, effects, and sounds and adults generally find the attraction endearing. It’s recommended, but may not be an absolute must do if you’re severely short on time.