Jungle Cruise Updates Rumor Tracker



    Summer 2021



    Disney has announced that updates are coming to the Jungle Cruise during the summer of 2021. Imagineer Zach Riddley reported that the updates would not require the attraction to experience any downtime.

    These changes are under the mantle of Disney’s diversity initiative and include scene changes and an updated story line to the attraction.

    Additional details are expected this summer, but several Imagineers gave insight into the evolving story line.

    Other rumors had attributes from the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie being integrated into he attraction as well, but Disney has confirmed that nothing related to the upcoming movie would be a part of these updates.


    July 29, 2021: Two additional scenes featuring chimpanzees debuted.

    July 16, 2021: The updated Disneyland version of Jungle Cruise officially opened.

    July 2, 2021: The new finale scene of the Jungle Cruise featuring Trader Sam’s gift shop / lost and found debuted.

    June 23, 2021: New props were added to the hippo pool including floating crates.

    June 15, 2021: A new sunken boat was added to the hippo pool.

    June 4, 2021: The new trapped safari scene debuted.

    June 1, 2021:The tribal dancers have been removed from the Jungle Cruise. BlogMickey.com posted photos of the area where the tribal dancers used to be.

    May 27, 2021: Disney has installed the Trader Sam’s Gift Shop / Lost in Found show piece. BlogMickey.com has posted photos of the new ending scene of the attraction. The shop is currently covered but the primary building is in place.

    April 26, 2021: The Disney Parks Blog announced that the final scene of the Jungle Cruise will feature Trader Sam’s Lost and Found. Sam has left the scene and several animal residents of the jungle have taken over. From the blog:

    Word on the stream is that Alberta Falls, proprietor of the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd., has entrusted her longtime friend, Trader Sam, to manage the new Lost & Found location. But, with Trader Sam being Trader Sam, there’s always an opportunity to make some extra money. After all, all the best rides end with a gift shop, right?

    Take a look at this rendering of their newest venture together. Clearly, Sam is betting on an established reputation as the best merchant in the jungle! But, while he’s out lost and finding some new inventory, it’s the animals that get the last laugh!

    April 16, 2021: BlogMickey.com is reporting that the large pole and the animatronics attached to it have been removed from the trapped safari scene of the Jungle Cruise. The scene will be re-imagined with a different group representing the trapped safari as part of the changes to the attraction.

    Additionally, changes to the queue have also begun with previous theming removed and changes anticipated.

    April 5, 2021: Trader Sam has been removed from the end of the attraction.

    April 4, 2021: Imagineer Zach Riddley posted a new piece of concept art to Instagram and stated that the attraction will be updated over the next several months without a ride closure.

    March 25, 2021: Disney has filed a permit for work on the Jungle Cruise with an expiration date of January 29, 2022.

    March 19, 2021: Attractions.com had an exclusive interview with Disney Imagineers Susana Tubert and Kevin Lively about the updates coming to the attraction. Another new character Felix Penchman XIII will be represented by an audio animatronic in the attraction.

    Penchman’s name means “bad luck man” in several languages and he was one of Alberta Falls original skippers that we will encounter along our travels.

    Other characters include:

    • Dr. Leonard Moss, Acclaimed Canadian Botanist
    • Rosa Soto Dominguez, Celebrated Mexican Artist
    • Dr. Kon Chunosuke, S.E.A. Member and Japan’s Preeminent Entomologist
    • Siobhan “Puffin” Murphy

    Additionally, while the Imagineers would not explicitly comment on the removal of the Trader Sam figure in either the Magic Kingdom or Disneyland, they did state that there were no plans on changing the bars of the same name.

    March 19, 2021: The Disney Parks Blog gave additional details on the updates coming to the Jungle Cruise. The new storyline will feature Alberta Falls, the granddaughter of world-renowned Dr. Albert Falls. The blog post featured a “long lost” 1938 newspaper article from The Daily Gnus that features an interview with Alberta Falls. In it she identifies herself as owner, manager, bookkeeper, and head mechanic of the Jungle Navigation Company.

    January 25, 2021: The Disney Parks Blog announced changes coming to the Jungle Cruise at both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland.

    These changes are under the mantle of Disney’s diversity initiative and include scene changes and an updated story line to the attraction.

    Additional details are expected this summer, but several Imagineers gave insight into the evolving story line.

    October 11, 2019: The official trailer for the Jungle Cruise movie debuted.

    August 20, 2019: WDWNT.com is reporting that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Jungle Cruise are expected to undergo refurbishments

    November 5, 2018: On Episode 186 of the Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill discussed the circumstances around the updates to Jungle Cruise. The movie’s release date moved to July 24, 2020 and depending on the success Jungle Cruise is expected to receive moderate updates. The updates are expected to take place in 2021.

    April 29, 2017: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the attraction will likely see changes but they should not be severe.

    April 29, 2017: Inquisitr.com posted an article about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson touring the Disney archives to learn about the Jungle Cruise attraction. Two separate instagram posts by Johnson discussed the tour of the archives. (Post 1, Post 2)

    In the article, Johnson acknowledges that he will be working with Imagineers to “help re-engineer and re-design” the ride around the world.