Skippers at the newly updated Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland entertained some park attendees Friday while on a first look journey.
Los Angeles Times photographer Allen J. Schaben was able to catch a ride on Skipper Amanda Beth Lorenzo’s boat during a media preview, where he encountered the trees of the jungle, wildlife and even a wreckage overtaken by chimpanzees.
In January 2021 Disney announced it would close the ride and attempt to revamp features assessed to be racist and negatively depict Indigenous peoples. Attractions such as Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean have undergone similar modifications to remove outdated features and tableaus.
Disney’s goal is to make a more inclusive experience for everyone in hopes that all who come to visit the ride can connect personally to the characters and ride itself. The renovated Jungle Cruise will open officially to the public and general park attendees on July 16.
Photojournalist Allen J. Schaben began his career at the Los Angeles Times shortly after he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism with minors in art and psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1994.
Taylor Arthur was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. She moved to Los Angeles in 2015, where she received her associate’s degree in journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College. Arthur joined The Times’ in 2017 and currently works as a photo editor for Daily Calendar, Envelope and The Times’ digital platform.