The skippers of the Jungle Cruise are expanding their services from boat tours to food service. [Read more…]
By Andy Guinigundo
Announcements were made this past week regarding a few Disney classic park attractions and their inception in some of the Asian parks. [Read more…]
For the first time, the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom will receive a seasonal change this November when it becomes the Jingle Cruise. [Read more…]
By Andrew Kiste
Editor’s Note: This article is Andrew’s interpretation of the history behind different sections of the Jungle Cruise attraction. No one knows exactly what the inspiration behind the design was except the Disney Imagineers who built it, so this article shouldn’t be taken as Disney fact, but how one man interprets it through research. His sources are listed below the article.
I have two significant hobbies in my life: history and Walt Disney World. I enjoyed history so much as a teenager, that I decided to devote my life to the study of history by becoming a historian and passing my knowledge and love of the past down to young people. Because my love of Walt Disney World is so strong, I find it interesting to look at various attractions and lands throughout the resort from a historical perspective. [Read more…]
March 10, 2011 – Join our hosts as they bring you the latest Orlando theme park and attraction news and more on this week’s episode. [Read more…]
Earning distinction as two of the world’s best Jungle Cruise skippers, Walt Disney World cast members Beth Schafer and Alex Williams were recently chosen to represent the resort at Tokyo Disney Resort’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Emerging from their helm in the darkest wilds of the Magic Kingdom, Schafer and Williams earned their overseas excursion thanks to their knack for spinning humorous spiels and stories. They competed against 35 skippers to win their spots, auditioning in front of a panel of judges from Walt Disney World and Walt Disney Imagineering who scored them on performance and punch lines.
From Feb. 26 through March 6, a total of eight Jungle Cruise skippers from Disney Parks worldwide (Disneyland Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort) participated in a unique dream opportunity commemorating Tokyo Disney’s milestone anniversary. The Jungle Cruise skipper dream was one of 25 dreams fulfilled for cast members by the Oriental Land Company (the Japanese company that owns and operates the resort). The unique request came from Kenichi Ito, a Jungle Cruise supervisor, who dreamt of a worldwide gathering of Jungle Cruise skippers at Tokyo Disneyland as an occasion to share best practices and, of course, best jokes.
Schafer and Williams enjoyed meeting other skippers from around the world to share a common bond. “This was a once in a lifetime experience,” said Williams. “It was incredible to see all these different cultures and different people brought together by such a unique and amazing attraction like the Jungle Cruise.” The visit included a two-day tour of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, a meet-and-greet with Tokyo skippers, and a chance to reenact their own Jungle Cruise spiel.