On Oct. 23, Disney Parks Blog announced some extra holiday cheer for Adventureland at both Disneyland Park in California and Magic Kingdom in Florida. Jungle Cruise will receive its first-ever holiday makeover for Disney’s Christmas season.
When Jungle Cruise becomes “Jingle Cruise” in early November, the classic boat ride will offer a seasonal storyline that adds audio and visual gags as well as holiday decorations. Best of all for fans of the Jungle Cruise, the Skippers will incorporate new jokes into Disney’s whirlwind tour of the world’s rivers.
In keeping with the Jungle Cruise attraction, the focus of the holiday makeover is the Skipper and it has been given a light storyline. The Skippers have grown homesick and so they’ve spruced up the attraction by adding some special touches that observe the holiday season.
Not only will the crew add decorations to the queue and boathouse, they will rename their boats in keeping with the spirit of the season. Some of the holiday decorations will be those sent to them from home, while others will be those the Skippers themselves have created. The attraction will feature a holiday-themed radio broadcast.
Jungle Cruise will not be closed to prepare for the makeover, an indications most of the visual changes will not be extensive. Disney guests should therefor expect an emphasis on the Skippers' jokes.
Jingle Cruise isn’t the first holiday makeover for these domestic Disney theme parks. Disneyland Park has two extensive overlays, Small World Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Disneyland and Magic Kingdom also offered the Country Bear Christmas Special in the past; Disneyland offered the holiday version until its Country Bear attraction closed in 2001, while Walt Disney World’s version ended in 2005, although the attraction still exists.