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Jungle Cruise at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom: Everything You Need to Know
posted by Charmaine Cortes on January 10, 2023 // last updated on January 13, 2023
There are few rides as iconic to Disney World as the Jungle Cruise.
The riverboat adventure has been delighting guests since Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida first opened up its gates back in the 1970s!
Since then, the ride has only improved– and despite having one of the longest wait times in the Magic Kingdom, guests of the park continue to visit this ride on every trip. That’s thanks both to nostalgia, and the fact that no two rides are ever the same.
Now, with the release of a major motion picture inspired by the ride, new and regular visitors will be flocking to visit!
Before heading out to Magic Kingdom and hopping aboard, here’s everything you need to know.
- What Is Jungle Cruise?
Where Is Jungle Cruise Located?
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Jungle Cruise is one of the original Magic Kingdom attractions, running since its opening in Disney World in 1971.
The real OG Jungle Cruise opened at Disneyland in the 1950s, and versions of the ride exist in all Disney theme parks worldwide.
The ride was originally inspired by a series of 1950s movies, including ‘The African Queen’ and the ‘True Life Adventures series.
Bill Evans was tasked with creating a jungle within the park on a budget. To achieve this, he used a mix of tropical plants and plants that appeared to be tropical (but were actually local) .
He even used the trick of planting orange trees upside down, making the roots look like vines!
Marc David later made significant contributions to the design in later versions, including many of the scenes, present today.
The ride’s early renditions were more of an experience at first, like visiting a zoo or a botanic garden. However, over time the ride has developed into a funny, lighthearted attraction, and as a result, has increased in popularity.
A comedic script was added, the scenes became more humorous, and the guides were encouraged to have fun with the guests. You’ll now find them cracking jokes with guests, showing their personalities, and ad-libbing along the way!
Audio effects have been improved and modernized, the animatronics updated, new scenes added, and the jungle has grown and expanded throughout the years.
In 2010, the jungle became a self-sustaining ecosystem, after 45 years of careful care and growth. The ride has also removed elements that were offensive to native cultures.
The Jungle Cruise story was expanded in 2015 with the opening of the Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant, Jungle Skipper Canteen.
This introduced Dr. Albert Falls as the founder of Jungle Cruise in 1911. He then handed it over to his granddaughter Alberta Falls in the 1930s, where the story of the ride takes place.
The ride is full of audio-animatronic characters– mostly jungle animals– such as ones found on an African safari. There are waterfalls, a temple to pass inside, and many other scenes along the way!
All of the scenes can be experienced from within your boat, making you feel as if you’re an explorer from the thirties.
The ride is suitable for all ages and very accessible to those with disabilities. It’s a smooth, slow ride, but there’s never a dull moment thanks to the story unfolding around you and your skipper’s commentary.
‘Jungle Cruise’ is the latest in a long line of movies inspired by rides at Disney theme parks, the most notable being Pirates of the Caribbean. The 2021 film starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt and followed the general theme of the ride.
The Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise is located in Adventureland.
You can find it by going to the hub and taking the first left to Adventureland. After passing shops, restaurants, and the Swiss Family Treehouse, you’ll see the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
From there, look to your left and you should see the entrance to Jungle Cruise!
The queue has four areas that can be opened up, depending on the size of the line. The average wait time for the ride is about an hour, one of the longest at the park.
It can get pretty hot waiting in the queue on a summer’s day, so beware if you have anyone in your party that may struggle with this. Don’t forget your water bottle, sunscreen, and hat!
As you wait in line to enter the line, it’ll feel like you’re in a colonial outpost. You’ll pass artifacts, photos, and tools from the theme and period of the ride to get you in the right headspace.
Your boat will pull up with your guide at the helm when it’s your turn. There are 15 boats in rotation, each with its memorable name (like Wamba Wanda ).
Jungle Cruise FastPass+
FastPass+ was discontinued and replaced with Disney Genie in 2021.
However, due to public outcry, it was announced in 2022 that FastPass would be coming back to the parks. At this point, it doesn’t appear to have been reinstated just yet.
Currently, you can use the Disney Genie service to get you through the queues faster with Lightning Lane entrances. However, Genie+ can no longer be pre-purchased– though you can still purchase through the app when you visit the park.
For more information on Disney Genie, be sure to check out the Disney World website .
The ride has a long wooden bench on each side of the boat, so guests face each other and sit side by side.
The bench doesn’t have a back, so if you lean back you’ll find yourself against the slightly curved side of the boat.
Plexiglass dividers are placed between sections of the bench, allowing four or five people to fit within a section. If you have small children, you may be able to squeeze a couple more in.
Once you step onto the boat, the skipper will welcome you and you’ll set sail down the river.
You’ll encounter giant butterflies, Inspiration Falls, a beach shop called “Boats, Baits, and Bites”, an African rock python, and a Gorilla-raided camp– all before you head down the Nile River.
In this new area, you’ll find African Elephants along with many other animals. You’ll pass a zebra watching a lion eat a member of its pack, and a group of lost safari goers hanging from a long pole, avoiding a black Rhino.
After passing gaters, waterfalls, and a plane crash, the boat is threatened by angry hippos. Thankfully, the skipper will frighten them off. After seeing chimps raid a ship, it’s off to the next area!
There, you’ll find yourself sailing into a temple damaged by an earthquake. Exotic animals like peacocks and a Bengal Tiger await! The ride will end just as you narrowly avoid being sprayed by a group of Indian Elephants.
While the ride is quite cruisy, the fun of Jungle Cruise lies with the skipper. There is a script, but most skippers will bring their own flare to the show– keeping guests laughing and the energy high.
The ride duration is about nine minutes long.
Jungle Skipper Canteen
After experiencing the ride, consider continuing the adventure by stopping at Jungle Skipper Canteen.
Here you can have a meal inspired by African, Latin, or Asian cuisine. Try Skipper Dan’s Dan Dan Noodles, “Hardy Har Char” Siu Pork, or Panna-Connie’s Congo Lime Delight.
There’s an extensive kids’ menu with menu items such as Junior Skip’s Macaroni & Cheese, or Chef Tandaji’s Crispy Chicken.
You’ll also find an extensive allergy-free menu here (as is the case throughout much of the Magic Kingdom), with allergy-free choices on apps, kids’ meals, entrees, and desserts.
Feeling a little parched? Choose from the selection of fun tropical cocktails, as well as their large selection of beer and wine!
Two of the boats, Bomokandi Bertha and Wamba Wanda, have wheelchair-accessible lifts. Most wheelchairs, including motorized and some ECVs, can be accommodated by these boats.
Guests in wheelchairs can choose to board the boat without their chair if able, leaving the chair at the dock. Alternatively, they can wait until one of the accessible boats arrives.
There are days when a sign language interpreter and Disney’s Handheld Devices are available.
These feature Assistive Listening, which will amplify the sound through either headphones or an induction loop. Handheld Captioning is also available on these devices, displaying on-screen text.
Disney’s Handheld Devices are available for a fully-refundable $25 daily deposit at Guest Relations. Devices are on a first-come, first-served basis, and they recommend that you bring your own headphones or an induction loop for use.
All guests should take care as they step down onto the boat from the dock, as it can bob and lean slightly while boarding. The skipper or ride assistant can offer a hand if needed.
There are periods of darkness, and it’s possible to get damp from the mist near the waterfalls.
There is an instance of gunfire sound effects, but guests can request that it’s not played if this will trouble someone at the party.
Guests must remain seated at all times, including small children. The boat will bob some, and sea sickness is possible, but it is generally a pretty smooth ride.
There is no age or height restriction. Babies and toddlers can ride on their parent’s laps or in strollers.
Children under the age of 7 will need to be accompanied by someone at least 14 years of age.
Jungle Cruise closes during inclement weather, as most of the attraction takes place outdoors.
How long is the Jungle Cruise ride at Magic Kingdom?
The entire ride lasts for just over nine minutes.
How long does the Jungle Cruise line take?
The average wait time is about one hour. It’s a good idea to get to this ride as soon as the gates open to avoid a long queue.
During very hot days, the line can get uncomfortable and is best avoided if you are sensitive to this.
What do you do on the Jungle Cruise?
Guests ride along on a river boat with a skipper at the helm and explore various locations. You’ll see plenty of animals up to no good, and people in plenty of trouble!
The whole experience is fun and comical and suitable for the whole family.
Is Jungle Cruise a good ride at Disney?
This ride is a classic, and it’s only been made better over the years. It’s great for children and toddlers, as there are no age or height restrictions.
It’s a slow and steady ride, so its movement is not frightening. However, some young or sensitive children could be startled in the dark temple with snakes present, or by the gunshot sound effect.
When is the best time to ride Jungle Cruise?
Surprisingly, Jungle Cruise is a great ride at night! You can still see everything, and it looks even more realistic. Some riders report that the skippers tend to have more fun during sundown.
Christmas is another fun time to ride Jungle Cruise– or “ Jingle Cruise” , as it’s called– as it gets a makeover for the season and a snowman attraction is added.
The script even gets a rewrite, so it’s quite a different experience if you’ve already seen the original version!
Who is Jungle Cruise for?
Jungle Cruise is a blast for children but is also enjoyed by the young-at-heart. Some adults may find themselves rolling their eyes at their skipper’s cheesy lines, but it’s all part of the charm.
The Jungle Cruise is a delightful ride for the ages of 1 to 100.
Disney has created a fully immersive experience where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
They have taken careful measures to create a living jungle, keep the ride up-to-date, make it appealing to all– and have even hired slapstick skippers to keep you laughing!
Whether it’s your first or hundredth time on Jungle Cruise, it’s always worth a visit.
There’s no shortage of things to do when visiting the Magic Kingdom, so maybe it’s time to explore Jungle Cruise and all the other rides, entertainment, and food that Disney World offers!
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Jungle Cruise Reimagining Info & Reopening Date
Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and Disneyland will receive a reimagining in 2021 with new characters, a continuous storyline, changes to show scenes, and more. This post will share timeline info & details, concept art, and commentary with our thoughts. ( Updated May 27, 2021. )
Per the Disney Parks Blog, these new adventures will stay true to the Jungle Cruise experience fans know and love. The ride reimagining will add more humor, wildlife, and skipper heart, while also reflecting and valuing the diversity of the world around us.
The new creative concept for our river’s journey will be original to Walt Disney Imagineering, just like the attraction itself. Here’s a first look at some of the new things Disney is adding to the iconic Jungle Cruise…
Imagineers are adding more humor, wildlife and skipper heart to the classic attraction, and as part of a much larger effort, this update to Jungle Cruise will welcome new characters from around the world. The new scenes will be interconnected, and be heightened by Jungle Cruise Skippers’ legendary comedic tone.
Last month, Disney released new info about what this will entail. First, the attraction will remain open at Magic Kingdom during the reimagining, as Imagineering utilizes a “phased approach” to the project. This is not a huge surprise, as this is exactly how the annual Jingle Cruise overlay is accomplished each year at Christmas.
Disney has since announced that the Disneyland version of Jungle Cruise will reopen on July 16, 2021. The Magic Kingdom updates are progressing swiftly (with the Trader Sam Gift Shop scene described below now installed) and all changes will be completed this summer.
The way the attraction’s scenes are staged makes it more conducive to changes that can be accomplished overnight or in the span of a day or two. It’s likely many of the new scenes won’t be overly elaborate or substantial departures from what’s currently there, but rather one-for-one exchanges of figures and props. Most of that can be fabricated off-site, with old props removed and new ones installed overnight.
Above is concept art for the replacement scene, where Trader Sam has opportunistically “reimagined” lost & found as a gift shop as a quick and easy way to make some extra cash from tourists.
In this scene, Trader Sam is betting on an established reputation as the best merchant in the jungle, and while he’s out lost and finding some new inventory, the animals are getting the last laugh and “reclaiming” the jungle. Personally, I love this scene. It’s on-brand with the Jungle Cruise humor and self-deprecating, as Disney pokes fun at its commercialism and opportunism with rides exiting into gift shops.
There also appears to be a lot to see in this scene, which is always great for re-rideability as guests will want to revisit the attraction to spot all of the gags. Also, it’s tough to argue with any scene that features five (5) monkeys. Finally, and slightly ironically, the very scene that pokes fun at Disney’s commercialism also extends it via a new on-ride photo. All wins in my book!
I’m guessing some fans might object to Trader Sam no longer being a visible character, but I like it. For one thing, the two versions of Trader Sam looked very different at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom. For another, he’s also an invisible presence at the bar bearing his name, so this works as an extension of that. There’s a certain mystique about a character who has an outsized presence, but is never seen. Reasonable minds might disagree with that assessment, though.
Next, Imagineering has released a 1938 issue of The Daily Gnus about Alberta Falls and the World-Famous Jungle Cruise to tease the upcoming project. There are fun tidbits in there that reflect how Imagineering will be expanding the Jungle Cruise’s backstory. This will be centered around Alberta Falls, granddaughter of world-renowned Dr. Albert Falls, as the proprietor of the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd.
The article also introduces a number of new characters, including Victoria Marie Falls, Siobhan “Puffin” Murphy, Dr. Leonard Moss, Rosa Soto Dominguez, and S.E.A. Member Dr. Kon Chunosuke. If you’re interested in more info about these characters, check out the My Disney Experience app, which will give you detailed bios.
Most notably, this establishes a direct connection to the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, or S.E.A. That’s a secret society of fictional and real-life explorers that began at Tokyo DisneySea two decades ago and has grown into a shared universe of characters and story points that has spread as far as Typhoon Lagoon.
Notably, a Society of Explorers and Adventurers show was just announced for Disney+ as the first project for the Magic Kingdom Universe. Previously, an S.E.A. connection to Jungle Cruise was implied via other attractions and restaurants, but this will be the organization’s first appearance in Jungle Cruise itself (at least, to my knowledge).
It’s likely there will be plenty of other plot modifications beyond the S.E.A. connection. Here’s how Kevin Lively, Imagineer and former Jungle Cruise skipper described the storyline changes: “As part of this story update, we’ll get to follow a skipper and his passengers as their journey goes awry.
That’s right, for the first time ever, the skipper role will not only be that of a live, experienced, and witty guide, but also represented by a show figure within the attraction itself. In fact, the expedition will be up a tree (literally!) after their sunken boat splits apart and chimps board the wreckage, with monkey business ensuing.”
“But that’s not even half of the hull story. Fans of the Jungle Cruise attraction may recall some boats that used to make their way around the river but haven’t been seen for a while–specifically the Mekong Maiden and Kwango Kate. Ever wonder what happened to them? Well, you might go ape when you find out! Ultimately, the jungle gets the last laugh.”
The reimagined storyline will begin with a trapped safari party that finds itself up a tree after their journey goes awry. Unexpected scenarios along the way will give the jungle and animals the last laugh!
Disney has stated that more details about the enhancements will be revealed soon, and that the Jungle Cruise reimagining is coming later in 2021. Kevin Lively also shared this video:
In an interview with D23 , Imagineer Chris Beatty further clarified the nature of the Jungle Cruise update: “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.”
“And for the first time, we are actually linking scenes together…So we’re not really re-envisioning that scene, we’re just adding a narrative and storytelling to bring things to life and connect that moment with other happenings along the river.”
Chris Beatty explained that Jungle Cruise would be relying and building upon the hilarious scenes added by future Disney Legend Marc Davis and skippers’ spiels: “We’re keeping a lot of the classic jokes that the fans know and love, like the backside of water. But it will give our skipper some new material to play off of.”
Additionally, the changes won’t be inspired by the upcoming film, said Beatty. “I’m excited about the movie, and having Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt be a part of that film. But these adjustments are really focused on enhancing the existing attraction storyline and addressing some areas that needed refreshing along the way. I’m sure the film is fantastic and we’re very excited about it, but integrating the film into our classic Jungle Cruise is not part of this effort.”
After the backlash and fan petitions in response to last summer’s announcement that that Splash Mountain will be rethemed to the Princess and the Frog at Walt Disney World and Disneyland , the company is undoubtedly aware that any changes to an iconic attraction will be controversial, even ones done carefully and with thematic integrity.
Accordingly, Disney has provided “testimonials” about that changes from Imagineers:
As with Splash Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland , it seems unlikely that Jungle Cruise will change in Japan. In part this is because Oriental Land Company–and not Disney–owns those parks, but also because that incarnation of the attraction changed a few years ago. It now has a different storyline, plus different day and night versions, unique lighting schemes, and projection mapping effects.
Hong Kong Disneyland could change eventually, although the story and show scenes there are also very different.
We don’t have a ton of commentary about the Jungle Cruise story rewrites and scene changes. In fairness, we are also most definitely not Jungle Cruise purists who view it among the pantheon of all-time classics. (Honestly, we prefer the Tokyo Disneyland version–even though we can’t understand it–thanks to superior visuals and effects.)
To the contrary, our view is that Jungle Cruise is way too taste-specific and skipper-dependent. It has a cult following among longtime fans and has achieved iconic status via longevity, but doesn’t have as much mainstream appeal . While that’s obviously not the impetus for these changes, we’re cautiously optimistic about anything that makes the attraction more coherent, consistent, and enjoyable to first-timers.
This appears to be part of Disney’s new focus on inclusion, but the changes also pretty clearly go well beyond that. As we’ve been saying for months now, there are a variety of updates in store for older attractions, many of which are small scale and could be accomplished overnight or with a brief closure.
No matter how much fans protest or petition, this was an inevitability for some of the scenes and script in Jungle Cruise. You might also recall the outrage to the Auction Scene Changes in Pirates of the Caribbean when that was announced a few years ago; the update happened anyway. Expect the same for other attractions in the not-too-distant future.
The bigger surprise to me is not that Jungle Cruise changing, but that there’s an accompanying announcement from Disney. I thought they would’ve learned their lesson on that one–but maybe the hope here is that hardcore fans will see there’s more substance to this overhaul (and it’s not outright replacing a fan-favorite with something different entirely), and will give Disney the benefit of the doubt or take a “wait and see” approach.
My expectation was that Jungle Cruise would close with mentions of “synergy” or enhancements related to this year’s Jungle Cruise featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and the problematic aspects would quietly change along with movie tie-ins being added. It’s pretty clear from the announcement my guess widely missed the mark with the Jungle Cruise changes. As much as I love the Rock, I’m not particularly eager to see him in Audio Animatronics form, so I’m happy that isn’t happening.
Between dodging that bullet and based on what we know thus far about this Jungle Cruise reimagining, I’m perfectly willing to withhold judgment until seeing the finished product. There’s definitely promise to the ideas, and plenty of potential for Jungle Cruise to improve.
The other interesting aspect of this announcement is that Imagineering indicates the changes (presumably for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World) will be added to the attraction in 2021. Given everything else, that means it’ll almost certainly be finished by October 1, 2021. That’s a fast turnaround time, and it also comes during a year when there’s no guarantee that physical distancing or barriers will be removed from boats. As it stands, the guest experience on Jungle Cruise is significantly impeded. (To the point that it’s the one attraction we avoid right now.) I’m surprised Disney would want to debut the changes with all of that still potentially in place.
Moreover, there’s still no timeline set for the Splash Mountain reimagining, and rumors that the finished project could be years away. Jungle Cruise being announced much later but being finished much earlier suggests to me that perhaps the changes aren’t as substantive as implied. Then again, the tone and appearance of Jungle Cruise can be dramatically changed in a limited amount of time–just look what happens each year literally overnight for Christmas with Jingle Cruise! We’ll keep you posted on future developments with Jungle Cruise, and other attraction updates at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
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What do you think of Jungle Cruise being reimagined ? Excited for new show scenes and some script rewrites? Are you likewise cautiously optimistic, or apprehensive about the changes? Do you agree or disagree with our commentary? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!
Written by Tom Bricker
The Disney Company is ate up with White guilt. I’m going to miss Coca-Cola and Disney. As a White person, my money is no good there.
@Maggie enjoy your self-loathing, while the rest of us go on. And no, no matter what you think in any twisted acrobatic line of reasoning, the is nothing whatsoever racist about historical facts. What happened, happened. Depictions of the real world are not racist and not offensive, unless you’re embarrassed by your own past or behavior. Most people claiming offense have never been to any of these places and really don’t know what they are talking about. And no, no person can claim that if you don’t agree with them 100% even though they cannot explain what they think is racist, that then in turn you are racist. It seems that most folks don’t even know the difference between race, ethnicity, nationality, etc.
I came in here to leave a comment lamenting the fact that I’m leaving Disneyland on July 16th and won’t get to see the new attraction….
But after reading a few comments by MrNico and Tom Thompson I really can’t stay silent and be part of their statements by complicit consent. Although it takes a lot of strength to acknowledge it, it IS racist to believe that just because you aren’t bothered by a scene or because historical research was done means that it isn’t offensive. It took me a long time to understand this despite my diverse group of friends, and it is even harder for it to be absorbed if there aren’t many dissenting voices (such as in traditionally white, upper-class spaces). Now, I cannot judge anyone who posts here because all of our backgrounds are different, and I do not know where you come from or what your status is, and because judging people is wrong. But unfortunately, so are phrases like ‘I don’t see color’ and ‘we need to move past this.’ People of color do not have the luxury of moving past this, and those phrases contribute to the problem. As an alternative, what would be more appropriate to say is that you DO see color, that you acknowledge that you may come from a historically advantaged perspective, and that you will work in your life to make small differences so that others who did not will have less challenges ahead of them. You don’t need to run out and donate to a local charity group to do this (though that would be amazing). All you have to do is support positive changes like this re-imagining by enjoying the nostalgic memories you have of the ride, and feeling good that the next generation’s nostalgic memories of the ride won’t leave them embarrassed in 50 years time to have been on it.
Frank V: What is even more disappointing is that with Reimagining Tomorrow, Disney has embraced Critical Race Theory. Instead of just starting from square one, they are going back to hundreds of years ago to make more victims and make more people to blame for those victims. Just like with Coca Cola, I’m far too white for them even though I think like Martin Luther King that it shouldn’t be the color of our skin, but what’s inside us. That just makes me feel like they don’t want my money any more. We may be selling our DVC points. We’ve already given up all Coca Cola products. That makes going to WDW tough since nearly every non-alcoholic beverage they sell (other than milk) is made by Coke.
From The Washington Post today
@Mickey1928, I like it! We all bleed the same red blood, after all. Let’s enjoy the parks and buy each other a beer to toast to Walter E Disney in thanks for all the joy he’s given the world.
To my fellow Disney fan Mom-o-twins First I agree totally with you about people talking about how much they spend while threatening that Disney will lose their business. Quite frankly I find it vulgar and disappointing. Where I disagree is I don’t think we need to see racism everywhere. It’s wrong to assume it’s “angry white people”. This isn’t a racist thing. I’m sure there are those of all colors who are offended and many from all colors who aren’t offended. I know people on both sides and they don’t break down by color. There are too many sides of this issue (updating rides) to do a fair and full discussion about why someone would or wouldn’t want a ride changed. But we all must take a breathe and not get caught up with this racism witch hunt the media and the politicians would have divide us so they can attain /hold wealth and power. It’s only pigmentation. They want us at each others throats at a time when we should be working together preparing for that giant asteroid with our name on it out there. We need to unite the world over so we’re ready for those visitors from another universe in case they’re not so friendly and come looking for cheap labor. Those are some of the truly serious problems ahead. Submitted with love for all my Disney friends. True Disney fans are the best people on the planet.
@Sarah_best, NO, asking someone why they are offended is the only way to understand it and empathize with them. Being condescending and insipid like you’re doing is the biggest part of the problems we are having these days. Far too many folks think they can just claim offense at anything random and be showered with gifts and special treatment. In sorry you don’t understand what the word racism means, but seems like so many don’t… But if we meet in the parks some day, I’ll be happy to buy you a Dole Whip or a churro.
@MrNico No, I’m saying you’re intentionally being rude and offensive by not believing a person of color when they tell you something is racist.
@Sarah_Best that’s a long-winded way for you to say “I don’t know”. But I’m not surprised.
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REVIEW! We’re Back at Disney World’s World-Famous Jungle Cruise…Restaurant!
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You’ve heard of the Jungle Cruise, you’ve heard of the backside of water, but have you heard of Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen !? That’s right! We’re bringing you a review from the punniest and most adventurous restaurant in Magic Kingdom.
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We’re headed over to Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland to try out a restaurant we’ll be calling Skipper Canteen for this review (since that full name is SUPER lengthy). This is the only table service restaurant in Adventureland and easily the home of most of the more interesting meals that you can find in Magic Kingdom. We love this restaurant and think it’s a rock-solid addition to Magic Kingdom, yet many guests take it for granite. It’s definitely one of the boulder choices for dining in Disney World’s original park. (We should apologize now: buckle up — it’s gonna be a lot of Jungle Cruise jokes!)
Hello and welcome to the world-famous Jungle Cruise…restaurant. We tend to enjoy visits to Skipper Canteen due to its immersive theme and unique menu. You’d be hard-pressed to find similar eats anywhere else in Disney World! This restaurant is themed around the “World Famous” Jungle Cruise attraction featuring “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” and there are SO many details to see in the theming.
Get ready for a menu of surprising dishes inspired by African, Asian, and Latin cuisine. Plus, we might have a laugh along the way! And now ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the start of…our review! 😉
The atmosphere at Skipper Canteen is inspired by the Jungle Cruise attraction , so this is a very good spot for those who LOVE the iconic attraction…or puns…puns too. Lots of puns.
The story of the restaurant is that the granddaughter of the Jungle Cruise’s Dr. Albert Falls, Alberta Falls , took over the family business (That’s Jungle Navigation Co. !).
Jungle Navigation Co. was originally a cargo shipping venture before they started offering Jungle Cruises to tourists. Now, Skipper Canteen offers meals for passengers before or after their Jungle Cruise!
Skipper Canteen has three different dining rooms : the Falls Family Parlor is themed as a comfy space for the Falls family and is absolutely loaded with awesome animal details that are playful nods to the attraction (seriously — look up and down especially in here!).
And there’s the once-secret meeting room of the Society of Adventurers and Explorers or S.E.A. .
We were seated in the Crew Mess Hall! This is the first room you enter and the largest of the three. As you can see, most of the seating area contains standard tables and chairs and some booths .
We love sitting in any of the dining rooms but the main room certainly feels lively!
Another fun aspect is that your server will actually be a Jungle Cruise Skipper ! So, in addition to serving up “World Famous Jungle Cuisine,” you’ll probably also get served some JOKES. Truth be told, Skippers can vary wildly here. We’ve had some just NOT breaking character and letting the dad-jokes rip the entire meal (love it!) and other times that the “Skipperiness” is barely detectable. Basically, your mileage may vary with your server.
If you have a moment before or after your meal, we DEFINITELY recommend walking around and taking a look at some of the hidden details and jokes around the restaurant — like that barrel full of the backside of water!
And remember to HAVE FUN! Your host, server, and even food runners might have some fun bits and jokes for you. Plus, it’s a relaxed atmosphere that still has dynamite food offerings.
Speaking of dynamite food offerings, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. Or afoot of ourselves. (They’re not all winners, folks!)
As we’ve seen at most table service restaurants in Disney World at this time, the menu is available through a QR Code . Paper menus are available upon request.
At our table, we were given a cloth napkin and utensils .
As we’ve said, the Skipper Canteen menu is pretty unique. You’ve got four appetizer options. We’ve had lots of servers recommend the Falls Family Falafel in the past.
Skipper Canteen Menu
As for entrees, the Perkins Thai Noodles are a favorite of ours. For more adventurous eaters there’s the oddly NOT fun-named Sustainable Fish (it IS noted as “not piranha” sooo…). This is one or two (depends on what’s available) WHOLE fried fish. If you don’t mind picking through a lot of bones, this is quite good. We’re going to try something a little different today though! You’ll have to keep reading to find out what!
And here’s a glance at desserts. If you didn’t pick up on it from looking at the menu, you should definitely keep an eye out for jokes here as well! The whole menu is loaded with them!
Even the kids’ meal options are more on the adventurous side!
Skipper Canteen has a variety of beverage options including a few signature cocktails. The Schweitzer Slush is great for kids (created by famed explorer Dr. Albert…Slush!). They USED to have some really great souvenir cups here that the two specialty beverages were served in. We haven’t seen these offered for a while now.
And, being a table service restaurant in Magic Kingdom , there is a selection of beer and wine. You can also find those great sangrias here still!
Today, we opted to try the Jungle Navigation Co. Shandy cocktail for $10 . This drink is an interesting mix of Blue Moon Belgium White Ale and Simply Lemonade .
Jungle Navigation Co. Shandy
This was nice and refreshing! There were some citrus hints but they weren’t overwhelming. Overall, it was a very enjoyable twist on a shandy but not as sweet as one made with Sprite. If you enjoy citrus beers, this is a fun drink to try that goes down easy! Well- you know what they say…safari, so good-ee. So I guess we’ll be moving on to our meal!
Our first appetizer was the Jungle Green Salad for $10 . Be warned, this salad comes right from the depths of the jungle! At least, that’s what the menu says anyway.
Jungle Green Salad
This salad is made with Skipper Bill’s Iceberg Wedge with Shishito Peppers, Radish, Hearts of Palm, Cucumbers, and Pistachios with an Ají Pepper-Yogurt Dressing .
The hearts of palm were nice and salty and added a great tanginess to the salad. The shishito had a little bit of a kick, but nothing too crazy. If you’re totally spice averse, you might not like them but we did!
The dressing was a little spicy as well but there wasn’t very much of it so the vegetables and lettuce helped to cool the heat. We liked the kick in the dressing but weren’t the biggest fans of the yogurt flavors. Note that this salad does have nuts!
Our other appetizer was the ever-recommended Falls Family Falafel for $10 .
Falls Family Falafel
This is a “secret recipe” of Chickpeas, Garlic, Onions, Lemon Juice, and Herbs served with House-made Edamame Hummus and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds .
For a plant-based dish, this was FULL of flavor and so, so tasty! It wasn’t too spicy and we loved the crunch from the pumpkin seeds. Plus, it was filling! This option could easily be a light entree for someone or great for sharing.
The falafel was flavorful and honestly, kind of reminded us of hushpuppies. We could mostly taste the onion and the lemon. Our reporter is a big garlic fan and her only wish was for MORE GARLIC.
Both of the appetizers were great portion sizes. We will say that for most appetizer options (and the rest of the menu, TBH), you need to be comfy with adventurous flavors. They are very fun and bold! We think plant-based eaters will especially appreciate these options. Too often Disney’s plant-based options seem a bit like they were trying too hard to cram a plant-based anything on the menu. But this is something plant and meat-eaters alike would genuinely enjoy — we did!
Alright, on to the entrees! First up, we’ve got the “Hardy Har Char” Siu Pork for $25 .
“Hardy Har Char” Siu Pork
This dish is Char Siu-marinated Pork served with Seasonal Vegetables and Jasmine Rice and it was HUGE.
This one wasn’t spicy as it had more of a sweet barbecue-like sauce. Think more like a VERY red sweet and sour sauce. The serving was four BIG pieces of pork, a big ol’ pile of jasmine rice, and those seasonal veggies. We had bok choy which was lightly seasoned and a nice addition to the dish. In the past we’ve had broccolini with this dish as well.
The rice was cooked perfectly and the bok choy was simply done so that you could really taste its natural flavors. Grab a bite of pork with the rice and you’re set with some awesome flavors. The pork is mega flavorful and well-seasoned. Would now be a good time to mention that Skipper Canteen is sponsored in part by the hippo farmers of America? Hippo: The other-other white meat.
We would also note that the pork might be the safest bet on the menu for picky eaters. The sauce is sweet and nothing is overly seasoned so it may be better for pickier palettes.
Aaaand our other option was the Curried Vegetable Crew Stew for $19 . According to the menu, it’s “a favorite of the Crew Stew Crew (especially Stu).”
Curried Vegetable Crew Stew
Expect bites of Seasonal Vegetables and Pineapple Tofu in a House-made Curry Sauce served with Coconut Rice . And, yep, it’s a plant-based dish!
There was a little kick to the curry, but it wasn’t overwhelming. We spotted cauliflower, carrots, haricot verts, red bell pepper, and pineapple chunks as our seasonal vegetables and they were super flavorful and delicious.
The coconut sticky rice was OUT OF THIS WORLD. We loved the slight coconut flavor and it almost had a creamy texture with a nuttiness that was amazing. The green onions were a nice touch too. We could’ve just eaten a big ol’ bowl of this rice. We want the recipe!!!
The tofu was lightly fried and had a fun pineapple flavor that we enjoyed and the Methi bread was awesome. We could eat that bread all day long. If you’re looking for a fun and unique dish, try the stew! We would definitely order it again. Again, another thoughtfully-crafted plant-based dish. Score another one for Skipper Canteen!
For dessert, we had Panna-Connie’s Congo Lime Delight for $9 .
Panna-Connie’s Congo Lime Delight
This unique treat is a Lime “Panna Cotta” served with Mango-Lime Sorbet and Fresh Fruit . And it’s the finale of what turned out to be our almost entirely plant-based meal (minus the pork 😉).
The sorbet was delicious. It was sweet and tart with little candied lime zest on top. The panna cotta was VERY tart, almost to the point that it needed more sugar. It didn’t have the sweetness we were looking for to balance the sour.
The lime flavor mostly came through in the aftertaste and it was pretty fresh and cool — it just could’ve been a little sweeter! The sugar crumble was yummy so we would’ve loved more of that too. If you really love citrus this will hit the spot, but you might want something sweeter for dessert too. Panna cotta fans will enjoy this, especially if they don’t mind a little tart. It was a good portion so it could be easily shared!
And now, probably the most dangerous part of our journey- the return to civilization! I certainly hope you’ve enjoyed our cruise, err, meal. Make sure you have all personal belongings with you… cameras, purses, small children… anything left on board will be thrown screaming to the elephants. 😉
Nosh or Not
You SHOULD eat at Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen if…
- You are looking for a fun atmosphere or LOVE the Jungle Cruise. The theming at this spot is absolutely amazing and fans of the Jungle Cruise or a more immersive dining experience will probably have a blast!
- You enjoy more adventurous flavors and dishes. Magic Kingdom is not known for its revolutionary or adventurous options in general, but Skipper Canteen has some of the more unique plates in Disney World.
- You’re a plant-based eater (or don’t mind skipping the meat). Skipper Canteen has a very wide variety of actually QUITE good plant-based options compared to most Disney World restaurants.
You should SKIP Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen if…
- You don’t have a lot of time. Skipper Canteen can be a longer dining experience so if you only have one day in Magic Kingdom, you may want to skip it. Head to a quick service location instead!
- You have picky eaters in your group. Skipper Canteen is not a very easy spot to take picky eaters. The options are mostly unique and very flavorful!
- You want to eat outside. Skipper Canteen does have very neat dining spaces — but they’re all indoors!
We absolutely love dining at Skipper Canteen. The food is adventurous and tasty, the service is playful, and we can’t help but LOVE every single Jungle Cruise-inspired detail. Whether you’re looking for a great bite or a great belly laugh, you’ll leave Skipper Canteen smiling and happy.
We’re not sure we’ve ever had a bad meal here and the atmosphere is so light and carefree. There is a lot to look at all around the restaurant and the unique food makes for a super fun dining experience. You might walk right past this Adventureland joint but you really shouldn’t! Sure, skip Skipper Canteen if you have a busy day or a party full of picky eaters; but if you have time to sit and don’t mind more adventurous flavors, you should consider making this reservation a part of your plans!
Overall, we love this place. The atmosphere and the food are amazing and the Cast Members are so hilarious and kind. We’ve never felt rushed here and a Skipper Canteen meal is very relaxing. Do note, the prices are on the high side for some items (but also, they’re not TOO bad by Disney standards!), but you could split a few dishes and still get to enjoy the awesome vibes.
We’ll certainly be back at Skipper Canteen and you know we make a habit of visiting all the other restaurants in Disney World too! Well folks, we’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve almost died! I love you like family. Now go away. I’m sorry, that was rude. Please go away. 😉
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June 3, 2021 at 1:37 pm
I LOVE this restaurant!! I’m a very picky eater and you’re right, the pork is the perfect option. It’s simple but very flavorful without being spicy. And if you love chocolate, I highly recommend the Kungaloosh! for dessert, it’s truly amazing!
June 3, 2021 at 5:07 pm
Sounds interesting, but also sounds like it is an hour plus dining adventure. Don’t know if I could allocate that much time to dining when it is so expensive just to get into the park.
June 3, 2021 at 8:28 pm
It’s always a good idea to ask about secret menu items – currently, it’s cheese bread balls served with a pesto cream sauce. Soooo good!
June 4, 2021 at 8:39 am
yep, this is a great place to eat, found it a few years back when every other table service was booked, I travel in a scooter and the staff was very helpful. THE FOOD was GREAT
July 13, 2021 at 11:04 pm
The food is so good!!! I was there last week with my family and they loved it too!!!
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The Jungle Cruise is a Disney classic ride where guests take a steam boat ride with The Jungle Navigation Co. through the treacherous water of the Amazon (South America), Nile (Africa) and the Mekong rivers (Asia).
The ride starts out with guests boarding one of the replica 1930’s British river tramp steam boats that have names like the one below called “Senegal Sal”. Once greeted by your zany guide, your adventure begins.
Along the way your tour will encounter lions, gorillas, baboons, snakes, alligators, elephants, hippos and the occasional headhunter. You’ll even see another group that literally gets run up a tree stand. But don’t be afraid, you guide will take you the safer waters.
What makes the trip is the guide who are among the most entertaining cast members is all the Disney parks. They really get into character and their jokes & antics are all part of the fun along this 10-minute ride.
While the tour it surely based on a general script, the ad-libbing of the different cast members really adds to the character of the ride. We’ve been on the Jungle Cruise dozens of times over the years and we can easily say that is quite different every time.
As usual, Disney has done an excellent job of theming and guests feel like they are in the middle of a jungle. One of the coolest parts of the ride is when your tour boat goes behind the waterfall (you won’t get wet). And about mid-way through the trek you guide takes you deep into a forgotten ancient temple – what out for the tiger that lurks in the darkness.
The Jungle Cruise is located in the Adventureland section of the Magic Kingdom just adjacent to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. This attraction first opened in 1971 as one of the opening day attractions at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
The Jungle Cruise is suitable for all ages (other than seeing the lions eat a zebra) and there are no height restrictions. It is a fairly slow ride but a bit dark when entering the Asian temple.
FastPass+ is offered and highly recommended as wait times will exceed 30 to 60 minutes on a typical summer day. There is some shade in the queue line while helps in the heat of the day. If you can’t get a FastPass+, try to visit this experience early in the morning before the crowd levels get too high.
During the holiday season the Jungle Cruise is transformed into the “Jingle Cruise” and the attraction is fully decorated with the spirit of the season. There is even a new holiday themed “script” that differs from the traditional one – the skippers really get into the holiday spirit.
So if you find yourself at the Magic Kingdom around Christmas time, make sure you see the “Jingle Cruise” as the holiday decor is only in place for a limited time.
Did the Jungle Cruise Ever Sink?
During early 2020 there were a number of reports that the Bomokandi Bertha sunk during the middle of a Jungle Cruise ride. While there are rumors that this was a publicity stunt to promote the “Jungle Cruise” movie with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
We have seen the photos on Twitter and it does not look like it was staged as the boat is pretty well submerged. It’s probably a good thing that water is only about 5 feet deep and the shore is just a short distance away!
In addition to the Bomokandi Bertha, we’ve heard that the Sankuru Sadie also had sunk back in 2004 but details on this are a little sketchy as the boat returned to service shortly afterwards.
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When you think about the Jungle Cruise, what comes to mind? Corny jokes, hilarious skippers, and the back side of water? While those are staples of this ride, things in the jungle look a little DIFFERENT when the holiday season begins!
During recent years, the Jungle Cruise has gotten a bit of a holiday makeover — transforming into the Jingle Cruise to bring some holiday cheer to the river. And with the Christmas tree and holiday decor back up in Magic Kingdom, the folks at Disney decided it was time to throw some holiday decor in the jungle as well — the Jingle Cruise is BACK!
If you look at the My Disney Experience app , you’ll see that the Jungle Cruise has changed into its “ Jingle Cruise” seasonal offering.
Wait times for this offering can be long as it is one of the holiday ride overlays that is available to the public and is not exclusive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
At around 11:30AM ET, the ride had a 70-minute wait , and Disney was forecasting some fairly high wait times throughout the rest of the day. But we did see that drop to around 30 minutes at one point so be sure to watch the My Disney Experience app carefully and head over there when wait times drop.
Keep in mind you can also use Genie+ to skip the line at this attraction if you so choose.
Y'ALL! Jingle Cruise is back in Magic Kingdom!! 🎄 pic.twitter.com/OMgtCdiEwP — AllEars.Net (@AllEarsNet) November 2, 2022
So just what changes when the Jingle Cruise takes over? Well, for starters there are holiday decorations scattered throughout the ride and the queue. It all starts with the Jungle Cruise sign in front of the ride, which transforms into a “Jingle Cruise” sign to mark the season!
As you approach the ride, you’ll see the sign right next to the Lightning Lane and Standby Lane has also become a “Jingle Cruise” sign…
…and there are holiday lights strung near the Lightning Lane sign next to it.
You’ll typically find some decorative touches as you make your way through the queue (which, again, can get quite long!). For example, it looks like the crew is really going ALL IN on the turkey theme for their dinner menus. 😆
As you head closer to the ride, you’ll see that the boat names have been updated too, and now feature a winter theme! Anyone up to ride the Brrrrr Bertha?!
Throughout the ride you’ll find some holiday decorations scattered around, all of which have a VERY homemade skipper vibe to them — gotta love it! This one spot really went ALL OUT on the decor.
And your skipper will likely throw in quite a few holiday jokes as you sail through the many rivers of the ride.
During our ride, we spotted presents floating about…
…some more gifts near our friends who seem to have gotten a bit stuck…
…and other details.
Keep an eye out for holiday decor throughout the entire space.
If you’ve never seen this ride with its holiday overlay, it’s something we recommend checking out since it makes the experience a bit more unique and is only available for a limited time each year.
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Travel | disney cruise line adds capt. minnie mouse to bow of disney treasure.
When Disney Cruise Line’s new ship Disney Treasure makes its way to Port Canaveral this year, Minnie Mouse will once again be leading the way.
In an image shared on the Disney Parks Blog with updates on the new vessel’s construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, the bow artwork featuring Captain Minnie Mouse wearing an adventure-themed outfit has been rendered complete with the signature golden filigree similar to the hull art designs found on the rest of the cruise line’s fleet of ships.
“Its completion marks an exciting milestone for the Disney Treasure as it begins the next stage of construction,” reads the post. “The installation process began when the shipyard team welded a number of pre-cut steel plates to the Disney Treasure’s hull. Once the framework of the design had been secured, the plates were painted by hand to obtain their iconic golden hue and sealed with a special topcoat.”
It’s the second time Captain Minnie has made a bow appearance after 2022’s Disney Wish, a sister ship to Disney Treasure that was the first of three vessels in a new class for the cruise line.
The original Disney Magic that debuted in 1998 featured Mickey Mouse from “Fantasia” while its sister ship Disney Wonder that began sailing in 1999 features a rendering of Steamboat Willie.
The fleet’s third ship Disney Dream in 2011 has Captain Mickey at the stern while its sister ship Disney Fantasy in 2012 features a second version of Sorcerer Mickey from “Fantasia.”
Disney Cruise Line queues up old and new features for new ship Disney Treasure
Each ship in the fleet also features whimsical character statues attached to the stern. For Disney Treasure, it will be Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
The ship is approaching one year since its keel-laying ceremony in March 2023 and won’t be complete until late 2024.
Like Disney Wish, Disney Treasure will sail from Port Canaveral, mostly on seven-night voyages beginning Dec. 21, 2024, with alternating eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Wish will continue with short three- and four-night Bahamas duties.
Among spaces coming to the 144,000-gross-ton, 4,000-passenger vessel include bars inspired by the Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea theme park attractions and an Aladdin-themed Grand Hall atrium.
Haunted Mansion bar is coming to Disney’s new cruise ship
The popular Oceaneer’s Club aimed at children ages 3-12 will have the same five venues seen on Disney Wish for Marvel, Star Wars, Disney Imagineers, Disney Princesses and Mickey and Minnie.
Its top deck will once again feature the AquaMouse water coaster-dark ride combo while the rotational dining will bring back a new version of the Worlds of Marvel restaurant and the California cuisine venue 1923 named in deference to the opening year for Walt Disney’s animation studio. The ship will also have higher-end dining at the “Beauty and the Beast”-themed Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement as well as their shared cocktail lounge The Rose,
Disney Cruise Line taps ‘Moana’ for original show on Disney Treasure
New to the ship is a dinner theater experience based on the Disney Pixar movie “Coco,” a new dessert venue themed to “Zootopia,” and a pair of coffee, tea and snack options: Heihei Café, named after the rooster from the film “Moana,” and Jade Cricket Café, named after the cricket from the film “Mulan.”
One other revamped venue will be called Sarabi, taking the same space and role as Luna on Disney Wish. Themed to “The Lion King,” the two-deck venue acts as a family fun theater during the day and adult entertainment at night.
The main stage will feature a new show based on “Moana” as well as existing shows for “Beauty and the Beast” and the play “Disney Seas the Day” that debuted on Disney Wish.
Disney Treasure’s arrival will grow the DCL fleet to six ships with two more in the works.
A third Wish-class ship that has yet to be named is due in 2025 along with another ship under construction that will be based in Asia named the Disney Adventure.
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12 Best Jungle Adventure Movies, Ranked
M ovies in the adventure and suspense genre tend to get our hearts racing with the fast-paced action and the mysterious wilderness setting. No one knows what will pop up on the screen from which direction to startle their senses. Whether it’s a quest to unearth lost treasures, or a journey to find the center of the earth, the best jungle movies always have loads of entertainment for the audiences in store.
Some might think this genre is a little over-explored with various movies finding their own jungle to get lost in, but the charm of having an unknown wild adventure never ceases to amuse. It’s always fun to see filmmakers come up with an engaging backstory and hilarious characters to make the jungle adventure movie one heck of a ride. Fans of this genre find comfort in such forest movies and strive to live vicariously through them. There's no shortage of the best adventure movies that heavily use the jungle setting to tell their fun and exciting stories. Which are the ones worth seeing at least once?
'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' (2012)
Directed by brad peyton.
An ambitious sequel to the 2008 blockbuster Journey to the Center of the Earth , this feature film stars wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson , Josh Hutcherson , and Vanessa Hudgens , who set out in response to a cryptic signal received from deep within the forest. They venture in pursuit of Sean’s lost grandfather.
Both movies are adapted from epic stories written by Jules Verne . Watch Journey 2: The Mysterious Island for golden comedy, amusing sequences, and obviously the awesome Dwayne Johnson . Its cheesy comedy and formulaic plot aren't for cinephiles, but it's likely one of the guilty pleasure movies that some viewers watch for an uplifted mood.
journey 2: the mysterious island
Release Date 2012-01-19
Director Brad Peyton
Cast Luis Guzman, Josh Hutcherson, Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens, Dwayne Johnson, Kristin Davis
Watch on USA Network
Directed by ruben fleischer.
Starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg , Uncharted follows the undiscovered ventures of Ferdinand Magellan with a desire to find the lost treasure. Existing fans of the game were very excited to see a feature film explore the world of the beloved game, but Uncharted 's adaptation turned out to be nothing like the source material.
While Holland managed to capture Nate's charm, wit, humor, and heart in a way that was uniquely his own, it couldn't make up for the boring plot, missed opportunities, and questionable deviations from the game's story that the creators decided to include. Still, for fans looking for a mindless flick on a boring night, Uncharted offers its fair share of fun action sequences, but not much else .
Release Date 2022-02-10
Director Ruben Fleischer
Cast Mark Wahlberg, Tom Holland
Runtime 1hr 56min
Rent on Apple TV
'The Lost City' (2022)
Directed by adam nee, aaron nee.
Nestled in the plot of the adventure movie The Lost City is a romantic arc that brings together an author and her cover model who goes overlooked otherwise. This modern take on the genre finds Sandra Bollock and Channing Tatum in the wild with an evil Daniel Radcliffe hampering their every move. The unlikely pair must learn to work together if they hope to survive long enough to find the treasure.
The wild plot certainly managed to capture the attention of the viewers, even though most of the jokes didn't land. The Lost City reels you in with the mystic fonts and the legend of a hidden treasure that delighted the kings and queens for centuries, even if many of these hooks are unfortunately predictable clichés. If for nothing else, the movie is a perfect watch just for the unexpected Brad Pitt cameo .
The Lost City
Release Date 2022-03-25
Director Aaron Nee, Adam Nee
Cast Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Channing Tatum, Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Daniel Radcliffe
Runtime 112 minutes
Watch on Amazon Prime
'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' (2008)
Directed by steven spielberg.
The fourth installment in the beloved adventure franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull follows the exhilarating journey of the titular archaeologist ( Harrison Ford ), who pursues an artifact with immense power. Alongside an old flame, Marion Ravenwood ( Karen Allen ), Indy travels to the depths of the forests of Peru before being captured and taken to the Amazon.
Although not the best in the massive Indiana Jones franchise , The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still offers exciting action and gut-busting humor for fans who love the character . It’s also just nostalgic to revisit the legendary films now that its final installment had its disappointing premiere. If anything, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is worth watching just for that one epic motorcycle scene.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Release Date 2008-05-22
Director Steven Spielberg
Cast John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Harrison Ford, Ray Winstone
Runtime 122 minutes
Watch on Disney+
'Jungle Cruise' (2021)
Directed by jaume collet-serra.
Jungle Cruise was highly anticipated as it brought two very talented and amazing actors together on screen – Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson . In this adventurous escapade, fans see a doctor and her brother embark on a trip to the lush Amazon forests to find a lost tree with supposed magical powers.
Of course, their journey has hindrances caused by evil villains who want to use the tree for their malicious purposes and spread their villainous agenda. Jungle Cruise is a fun way to enjoy the marvelous setting and get lost in the world of the Amazon. Don't expect any innovative twists or brilliant writing, though, as it's a basic jungle adventure movie that doesn't try to be anything else. For those looking for a family-friendly flick, this is the perfect one – enjoy it enough and there's a sequel available to watch, too!
Release Date 2021-07-28
Director Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast Edgar Ramirez, Paul Giamatti, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Dwayne Johnson, Jesse Plemons
'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' (2017)
Directed by jake kasdan.
Even with a simple plot, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is so hilarious that it's impossible not to laugh. The film embraces the ridiculous concept of being sucked into a video game – which the original Jumanji game transformed into to fit modern times – but never insults the intelligence of the audience. Adult avatars from the present play alongside other players stuck in the game since the '90s, and they all desperately try to escape.
Featuring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart , Jack Black , Karen Gillan , and a sweet cameo by Nick Jonas , this film is an action extravaganza made to entertain. It does take inspiration from the vintage classic Jumanji game but comes out with a clearer direction and plot. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may not live up to its predecessors, but there's no denying it's at least decently entertaining.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Release Date 2013-04-27
Director Rob Meltzer
Cast Bianca Van Varenberg, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Haysbert, Adam Brody, Megan Boone, Kristen Schaal
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'Tropic Thunder' (2008)
Directed by ben stiller.
Tropic Thunder has failings, but at its core, it is an absurd and deliciously wicked satire movie that exposes everything that is wrong with Hollywood. Parodying many classic films based on the Vietnam War, Tropic Thunder follows a group of obnoxious actors shooting their own war movie. When their director accidentally dies in an accident after leaving them in a jungle, the actors have to use what little skills they have to make it out alive.
Tropic Thunder is packed with hilarious and endlessly quotable lines , as well as two scene-stealing performances by Matthew McConaughey and Tom Cruise . Some of the best comedians and actors of the twenty-first century kicked off the century with a bang in this massive ensemble production that lived up to the hype at the time of its release and is still beloved by fans today.
Release Date 2008-08-09
Director Ben Stiller
Cast Jeff Kahn, Anthony Ruivivar, Jay Baruchel, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Brandon T. Jackson
'King Kong' (2005)
Directed by peter jackson.
King Kong has been remade multiple times by different filmmakers with more diverse perspectives on the portrayal of the magnificent Gorilla aka King Kong. The movie follows Carl Denham and his crew as they come across a giant ape on Skull Island and imprison it in order to bring it to New York. They run into trouble when the giant ape is released into the city.
A fantastic and exciting film on the whole, King Kong 's plot is epic, with more action and new astounding creatures. This remake contains more action than the original, and obviously maximizes CGI (even though it hasn't aged entirely well). While definitely not director Peter Jackson 's best work (an honor that remains with the Lord of the Rings trilogy), it's a decent enough modern adaptation of the classic story.
Release Date 2005-12-14
Director Peter Jackson
Cast Thomas Kretschmann, Naomi Watts, Andy Serkis, Jack Black, Colin Hanks, Adrien Brody
Runtime 187 minutes
Directed by kevin lima, chris buck.
A beloved Disney classic, Tarzan is an animated film that needs no introduction. The movie tells the tale of the titular protagonist (voiced by Tony Goldwyn ), a human orphan left in the jungle who is adopted by his gorilla family. He struggles with his identity and place in the world growing up, which becomes even more prominent with the arrival of a group of humans – including the vibrant Jane Porter ( Minnie Driver ).
The rewatchable animated Disney film has everything, from groundbreaking animation to catchy musical numbers to an inspiring heartfelt story. Its story about identity and the meaning of family is wonderfully told against the backdrop of a gorgeous (and sometimes unforgiving) jungle. While some of its aspects haven't aged well, the classic is still worth revisiting with family members today.
'The Jungle Book' (1967)
The Jungle Book is an evergreen classic that has been one of the most widely read and watched movies in the history of cinema. The adventures of Mowgli, the hunger of the iconic animated villain Shere Khan, and a pack of wild animals come together to create this masterpiece of a story.
Heartwarming soundtracks and lessons about bravery, friendship, and life, in general, are some of the inspiring takeaways from The Jungle Book . With various animated and live-action iterations, this movie has been made and remade a lot of times over the years, but still manages to maintain the old-school charm of a Disney movie. The 1967 version is undoubtedly still the best, with as much heart and humor as it did when it first premiered.
'Jurassic Park' Movies (1993 - 2001)
Spanning seven thrilling movies over almost two decades, the Jurassic Park franchise has nothing but the best in store. A first-of-its-kind plot that explored the comeback of dinosaurs to disrupt the modern world was loved by all and immediately became a huge part of cinematic history.
Along with rampaging monsters and scientific experiments gone wrong, the movies have continuously featured a strong star cast that managed to attract audiences from across the world. The most recent movie, Jurassic Park: Dominion , seemed to be the end of the franchise, which has seen a steady decline in quality. That said, those looking for a nail-biting jungle survival movie may want to check out the first three entries in this award-winning film series.
Release Date 1993-06-11
Cast Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill
Directed by john mctiernan.
Predator was part of Arnold Schwarzenegger 's string of 1980s hits : half testosterone-drenched shootout movie, half sci-fi horror that dismantles (limb by limb) the action genre and the men who feature in them, who find all their guns and unified body mass completely pointless against a superior warrior who hunts humans for sport.
Predator became an instant action classic thanks to the dreaded creature, one-liners, sweltering jungle setting , and John McTiernan 's directorial style. It's the ultimate jungle movie that birthed a legendary franchise that's still going strong today, with Prey marking a great move forward for the classic film series.
Release Date 1987-06-12
Director John McTiernan
Cast Elpidia Carrillo, Sonny Landham, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Carl Weathers, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Runtime 107 minutes
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