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Disneyland Is Making Changes To the Jungle Cruise Ride!

Disneyland Is Making Changes To the Jungle Cruise Ride!

The Jungle Cruise attraction at Disneyland is going through some renovations!

Disney Parks announced this week that the comedic ride is getting a bit of a makeover.

The ride is one of the original attractions from when the Disneyland park opened in 1955 in Anaheim, Calif. You can also check out the ride at the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. Both will be getting the new updates!

Among the changes coming include adding the skippers into the ride, and featuring one of the river boats sinking.

“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,” Disney Imagineer Kevin Lively said.

“But that’s not even half of the hull story,” he continued. “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 the Kwango Kate. Ever wonder happened to them? Well, you might go ape when you find out! Ultimately, the jungle gets the last laugh.”

“As Imagineers, it is our responsibility to ensure experiences we create and stories we share reflect the voices and perspectives of the world around us. With Jungle Cruise, we’re bringing to life more of what people love – the humor and wit of our incredible skippers, while making needed updates,” Carmen Smith, Executive, Creative Development & Inclusion Strategies, Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a statement.

Check out a preview of the changes in the video right here, and see more on the Disney Parks Blog!

The Jungle Cruise has also inspired a new movie, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. It’s set to be released on July 30th. Check out the trailer here!

If you missed it, another Disneyland attraction is getting a major revamp!


New Adventures to “Cast” Off Along World-Famous Jungle Cruise

Walt Disney World Is Adding Joe Biden To Hall of Presidents Attraction

Walt Disney World Is Adding Joe Biden To Hall of Presidents Attraction

Joe Biden will soon be seen at Walt Disney World!

The Orlando Disney theme park is adding the 46th President to it’s “The Hall of Presidents” attraction in Liberty Square.

The attraction is currently closed for refurbishments, and a WDW spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday morning (January 20) that they are adding the newly sworn-in President to the attraction, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

This isn’t surprising as each new president gets a new animatronic figure in the attraction, which shows every president in the country’s history.

Here’s a rundown of the 25-minute show: “Take your seat in the stately theater, home to 3 massive digital projection screens and a grand proscenium. Watch an original film—developed by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian—that tells the dramatic story of the nation’s founding.

Learn about the formation of our Constitution and the hard-fought struggles along the way—such as the American Revolution and the Civil War. Listen to the stirring words of John F. Kennedy echo through the theater and watch Abraham Lincoln—in attendance on stage—deliver his Gettysburg address.”

You will then “watch the curtain rise to reveal startlingly realistic Audio-Animatronics replicas of every President of the United States—together for the very first time. Hear speeches delivered by George Washington and the newest addition to the Hall, 45th President Donald J. Trump.”

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the attraction here!


Walt Disney World Hall of Presidents

Disneyland Paris Extends Closure To April Due to 'Prevailing Conditions' In Europe

Disneyland Paris Extends Closure To April Due to 'Prevailing Conditions' In Europe

Disneyland Paris has been closed since October, and will remain closed for another few months!

The French theme park was set to reopen in February, but has now had to delay their second reopening and is looking to open back up on April 2nd, given conditions allow.

“Due to the prevailing conditions in Europe, Disneyland Paris will not reopen on the 13th of February as initially planned,” the park revealed. “If conditions permit, we will reopen on the 2nd of April 2021 and will welcome reservations from that date forward. Given the current context our plans continue to evolve, but please know that we will make every effort to share with you any updates as soon as it is possible.”

Disneyland Paris first shut down back in March 2020 and began a phased reopening in July. They then shut down again at the end of October as French President Emmanuel Macron put the country on lockdown as cases were rising again.

Hong Kong Disneyland and the original Disneyland park in California are also currently closed. Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland are all open, but at limited capacity.

Anaheim’s Disneyland recently announced that they were effectively cancelling their Annual Pass program since there is no reopening date in sight, though they hope to open in 2021.

Disneyland Suspends Annual Pass Program For the Unforeseeable Future

Disneyland Suspends Annual Pass Program For the Unforeseeable Future

Disneyland is bringing a more permanent halt to it’s annual passes!

The Anaheim, Calif., theme park’s president Ken Potrock shared the news in a statement on Thursday afternoon (January 14).

“We want to thank our Annual Passholders for their understanding during this closure period,” he said. “Due to the continued uncertainty of the pandemic and limitations around the reopening of our California theme parks, we will be issuing appropriate refunds for eligible Disneyland Resort Annual Passports and sunsetting the current program.”

“We are currently developing new membership offerings that will utilize consumer insights to deliver choice, flexibility and value for our biggest fans,” Ken added.

Last year, after continued closures at the Anaheim resort, park goers were able to get refunds or delay their annual pass membership until they opened.

Disneyland and other theme parks across California have long been battling the state government on trying to open their parks.

Other Disney parks across the world have opened (one closed again). Walt Disney World in Florida reopened back in July and remains open to this day.

One of Disneyland’s parking lots is also being turned into a COVID vaccine site. See photos over on Just Jared!

If you missed it, Disney recently shared some news about it’s new land in Disney California Adventure, Avengers Campus.

Disneyland Resort Sets New 2021 Opening Date For Avengers Campus!

Disneyland Resort Sets New 2021 Opening Date For Avengers Campus!

Disneyland is looking forward to this year!

The Anaheim, Calif., resort is hoping to finally, fully open it’s two parks in 2021, and has tentatively set an opening date for it’s newest land.

The Marvel-themed Avengers Campus was originally set to open in Disney California Adventure Park in July 2020, but the pandemic caused that to be delayed indefinitely.

Now, Disney is hoping that the new land will be opening to guests at some point in the year, pending the park’s opening.

“While Disneyland Resort is currently closed, we are looking forward to exploring Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure next year, where we can channel our inner Super Hero alongside The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and more!” they shared with D23 members recently.

Avengers Campus took the place of A Bug’s Land in the theme park, with two attraction rides, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout and the new WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. Check out all the preview photos from the new land here!

For a preview of the upcoming new land opening in 2021, head to Disneyland.com!

If you missed it, Disney California Adventure saw a partial opening in November. Find out where in the park you can visit.

Disneyland Paris To Close For Second Time Amid Spike In Coronavirus Cases In France

Disneyland Paris To Close For Second Time Amid Spike In Coronavirus Cases In France

Disneyland Paris is being forced to close their gates once again!

The French Disney park is shutting down starting this Friday (October 30), along with many other non-essential businesses shutting down due to the recent surge in positive Coronavirus cases in France.

French President, Emmanuel Macron, is putting the country in a lockdown with only essential businesses able to stay open, which includes schools, nurseries, pharmacies, supermarkets, and other businesses deemed essential, Variety reports.

According to WDWNT, there is no re-opening date set yet, but the lockdown in France is set to go on until December 1st. The chance of removing the lockdown will be re-evaluated every two weeks.

Disneyland Paris will be the second Disney park to be closed at this time, as the original Disneyland still has not opened, and could possibly not even reopen until 2021. Disney Parks executives have slammed the California government’s reopening guidelines.

UPDATE: Disney Parks announces Disneyland Paris will shut down twice! First, in compliance with French guidelines, starting at end of day on Thursday (October 29), and again for the month of January. See their message below.

Disneyland President Says California's Theme Park Guidelines Will Force Thousands More Out of Work

Disneyland President Says California's Theme Park Guidelines Will Force Thousands More Out of Work

Disneyland is clapping back at California’s new guidelines for theme parks to reopen!

The President of the park, Ken Potrock, shared a statement shortly after the guidelines were outlined.

“We have proven that we can responsibly reopen, with science-based health and safety protocols strictly enforced at our theme park properties around the world,” he said. “Nevertheless, the State of California continues to ignore this fact, instead mandating arbitrary guidelines that it knows are unworkable and that hold us to a standard vastly different from other reopened businesses and state-operated facilities.”

“Together with our labor unions we want to get people back to work, but these State guidelines will keep us shuttered for the foreseeable future, forcing thousands more people out of work, leading to the inevitable closure of small family-owned businesses, and irreparably devastating the Anaheim/Southern California community,” he added.

If you didn’t know, every other Disney park around the world has already reopened, and have been for months, except for Disneyland, which has been shut down since March. Disney has begged the California government to help theme parks open back up so people can get back to work.

The Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer has also slammed California Governor Gavin Newsom‘s previous statement about a health first reopening.