Another of the original Walt Disney World attractions located in Adventureland of the Magic Kingdom is the Jungle Cruise. This original concept ride can trace its roots to Walt Disney himself who oversaw the first version of the ride as it was built in Disneyland of California.
Guests interested in taking a ride meander through a queue area designed like a depression era British outpost of the The Jungle Navigation Company located on the Amazon River. Radio communications can be heard giving prospective riders a glimpse as to what they might encounter once aboard. Laced throughout the queue is tons of “artifacts, gear, tools, etc,” that one might find if you were about to undertake a river expedition during this era.
Those brave enough to go on board one of 15 replica river tramp steamers (similar to what you may have seen in the movie The African Queen). Each of these boats is christened with a peculiar name such as Amazon Annie or Congo Connie.
Riders are greeted by an on-board ‘guide’ whose jovial demeanor immediately alerts passengers that something is amiss. Pulling away from the dock, it becomes clear that the ride is going to be filled with very bad jokes, courtesy of the guide.
The expedition starts on the Amazon River with foot-wide butterflies, then passes Inspiration Falls which is the gateway to the Congo River in Africa. After some interesting riverside sights, the river landscape transforms again, this time to the Nile River. Finally, the Mekong River is encountered. All along the way, different creatures are spotted including elephants, rhinoceros and snakes all before arriving safely back at the dock.
This slow moving ride takes about ten minutes once you are aboard. It does tend to be quite popular and can be a relaxing diversion from the hectic crowds.
To ride-along through video, click on the play button above (thanks to remfan for providing it).