The Jungle Cruise is a classic attraction at Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World. Be prepared to set off on an exotic boat ride with other sightseers and behold the magic of animatronic animals!
This review will go over the Magic Kingdom’s version of Jungle Cruise, along with other pertinent information for planning this attraction into your next vacation.
2021–Disney has announced the Jungle Cruise will be receiving enhancements some time in the near future. You can read the official announcement here on the Disney Parks Blog.
Here’s a chart with quick details for this exotic boat ride.
|Jungle Cruise||Magic Kingdom|
Magic Kingdom FastPass:
Yes (when available)
Seats Per Vehicle:
Around 20 guests per boat
Extra Magic Hours:
Humorous Boat Ride
Medium to High
If you go during the Christmas holiday season you’ll get to experience the Jingle Cruise version.
Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise meets to fairly significant wait times throughout the majority of the day. The attraction is located in Adventureland just past the Swiss Family Treehouse.
As the sign indicates, you’ll board a jungle boat to travel exotic rivers of the world, guided by a witty and experienced skipper.
The queue is actually fairly long and weaves in and out so it’s hard to gauge the actual wait.
Thankfully, the boat ride does have a decent capacity which helps the line tend to keep moving forward. Usually they load up to 20 guests per boat, but with social distancing right now, it’s about half of that.
As you set sail you’ll begin to notice that things have appeared to have gone awry. And so have your Skipper’s jokes. It’s totally okay to laugh, though, if you are a dad anyway.
Looks like the campsite has been taken over by a bunch of wild animals.
And then there’s an angry matriarch just waiting to stampede. I wouldn’t mess with her.
Sometimes when I ride Jungle Cruise I begin to feel like I’m at Animal Kingdom on the safari. And then I remember that these are only animatronics. Because back in the day they wouldn’t let Walt have real wild animals in the park. So this is what you got.
Here’s something you would never see on the safari at Animal Kingdom. A lion feeding her cubs a fresh kill.
But you might on a real safari in Africa, wouldn’t that be something?
Make sure to stay in the boat because you don’t want to end up at the bottom of a totem pole. Or even on the pole here.
And just when it seems that things are starting to calm back down on your Jungle Cruise, you will run into a few natives.
Thankfully, one of the seven wonders of the world is right up ahead.
That’s what your skipper will tell you anyway. The waters may look fairly safe but don’t be surprised if you see some hungry hippos.
And even hungrier crocodiles. They are waiting on the hippos to chase you out of the water if you were to fall in. I’m sure you’re glad that these are only animatronics at this point.
What can I say? It’s a terribly cheese (in the best way) ride. Writing about it like this is the only way to truly honor it.
There’s also the nicest surprise at the end, a parade of elephants. You know what they say, while the matriarch’s away the young ones will play.
You can’t help but smile as they enjoy their bath. All the while wondering…
Is that one going to pop its trunk up and douse you with water?
Possibly. Don’t worry it’s just a splash and these are animatronics also. Therefore, no elephant snot is involved.
You know when I started this Disney blog I never dreamed that I would write a statement like “no elephant snot involved.”
But here I am.
Before you know it, you’ll have somehow safely returned to the dock. Your skipper will literally kick you out and you are finally free to head across the way for a spin on Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
As far as the Jungle Cruise goes, it has remained popular throughout the years. Most will want to try and ride this attraction prior to 11:00 a.m. before crowds tend to rise.
Additionally, Jungle Cruise is somewhat different at night than in the daytime. And it’s usually easier to ride as nighttime falls.
When FastPass is available, it can be difficult to secure Jungle Cruise as a fourth or more option after using the initial three. Normally, I recommend riding Jungle Cruise immediately after the Festival of Fantasy parade passes through Frontierland. However, that’s not an option at the moment.
For a preview of Disney’s Jungle Cruise via YouTube try here–Complete Ride
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If you are a fan of the Jungle Cruise or looking for a great meal at Magic Kingdom, I must recommend getting a reservation for Jungle Skipper Canteen (review). The food and service are great, maybe slightly reminiscent of the Jungle Cruise!
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Are you a big fan of the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom? Let me know in the comments.