UPDATE to a possible Jungle Cruise Renovation: The Orlando Sentinel contacted Disney about The Rock’s claim to be helping with a redesign of the Jungle Cruise attraction, and while he was there in the Disney archives looking for inspiration for the Jungle Cruise film, there are currently NO plans to change the attraction.
ORIGINAL STORY: Just a few weeks ago we found out that The Rock is starring in a live-action movie based on the The Jungle Cruise attraction which is present in many Disney parks around the world. Well not only that, but we have even bigger news for fans of the Jungle Cruise…. According to his Instagram account, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) is helping with a Jungle Cruise renovation in Disney Parks worldwide:
Grateful SOB to have Walt and Mickey watching over my shoulder as @danygarciaco and I embark on this amazing project. For our big #JungleCruise creative meeting at DISNEY’s highly secure R&D facilities, me and @danygarciaco were escorted into THE VAULT. A legitimate vault where all of Disney’s biggest secrets and plans are kept. Curtains were pulled back for us to reveal the actual drawn up plans that Walt Disney had his brother, Roy Disney take to New York to present to the bankers in 1950 for the potential loan to build what’s now known as Disney Land. Cant imagine what that meeting with bankers was like. Roy: Alright gentlemen, so me and my brother Walt, want to build the greatest multiple theme park attraction in the world. Banker: Oh that seems fun, Mr. Disney. Roy: *smiles in a playful mischievous manner, Oh yes my good man, it will have a few things that are in fact, fun. Well, clearly I don’t know how the hell men were actually talking in the 50’s, but what I do know is being able to star in and produce #JungleCruise is a dream come true. BUT what takes this to the next level, is that we’ll partner with Disney’s brilliant Imagineers to help re-engineer and re-design the #JungleCruise ride in all the Disney theme parks around the world. A very special opportunity for us and our @sevenbucksprod to create an unforgettable and fun EXPERIENCE for families around the world. And as Walt Disney himself would say… it’s magical. Next step is finding our visionary director. Exciting times. #JungleCruise #TheExperience #DisneyStudios #Imagineers #SevenBucksProds #WaltAndRockWouldveBeenBesties #AndWorkoutBuddies #WaltWouldveLovedMyJackedUpPickUpTruck ???
The Jungle Cruise attraction is extremely popular and beloved by Disney fans and is present in 4 Disney parks worldwide: Disneyland California, Magic Kingdom, Toyko Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland. Only Disneyland Paris and Shanghai Disneyland don’t have a Jungle Cruise attraction. Production on the Jungle Cruise movie is set to start in 2018 and be finished sometime in 2019, so if this happens expect it to be done around that time.
I know if Disney is making a film about the ride then it’s obviously going to become even more popular than it already is, but I’m not sure how I feel about Disney re-imagineering an attraction that has basically been untouched for 60 years, I don’t know if it’s really necessary. I love the way it is, especially the funny jokes you laugh at every time even though you’ve heard them 1000 times.
I mean I guess it could use a little sprucing up here and there, maybe adding a few effects that are now possible with today’s technology, but I really hope it doesn’t get completely gutted and we’re forced to watch The Rock in scene after scene like when Johnny Depp was introduced to Pirates of the Caribbean. And since when did The Rock become qualified to be a Disney Imagineer??
As of now I’m very skeptical and will have to wait and see what exactly Disney imagineering has in mind. What about you?
I want to know what you think about The Rock helping in a Jungle Cruise Renovation. Do you think the Jungle Cruise needs re-imagineering? If so, what changes would you like to see done to the attraction? Let us know in the comments section below!
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