Disney Theme Parks Reworking ‘Jungle Cruise’ Rides to be Racially ‘Inclusive’

The two major theme parks owned by Disney in the United States are set to reopen one of their most iconic attractions, the “Jungle Cruise,” after making changes to allegedly “offensive” depictions of jungle natives, according to CNN.

The changes were first announced back in January, with the company claiming that it had received many complaints about the attraction’s depictions of “indigenous” people, who are portrayed at one point in the ride as threatening the customers as they ride through the attraction on a boat.

“It is our responsibility to ensure experiences we create and stories we share reflect the voices and perspective of the world around us,” said Disney spokeswoman Carmen Smith, who holds the title of “inclusion strategies executive” at Walt Disney Imagineering. Another spokesman, Charles Beatty, said that Disney aimed to “bring a sense of inclusivity” to the attraction, saying that “we want to make sure that everyone that rides the Jungle Cruise can see themselves in the characters and in this experience.

The new Jungle Cruise will debut in California’s Disneyland on Friday, July 16th, while its counterpart in Florida’s Disney World will reopen at an unknown date later in the summer. The reopenings coincide with the July 28th release of a new Jungle Cruise-themed movie from Disney starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Such changes to one of Disney’s most iconic rides represent a trend of historical revisionism within the parks that has been ongoing for several years. Previously, similar changes were made to Splash Mountain over its inclusion of characters from “Song of the South,” as well as Disneyland’s “Pirates of the Caribbean,” removing such features as an invading pirate crew holding an auction to sell off captured women.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: Anaheim, CA - July 09: Jungle Cruise in Adventureland inside Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, on Friday, July 9, 2021. The ride was changed to remove negative depictions of native people and instead of sending guests through unrelated scenes in the jungle, the attraction will now operate with a fully formed story connecting each vignette. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

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