Photos show an adventure at Disney’s updated Jungle Cruise ride

Two people look out from the Disneyland Jungle Cruise at an animatronic elephant surrounded by jungle foliage.
Skipper Amanda Beth Lorenzo makes a joke as she leads the Jungle Cruise past an animatronic elephant during its reopening at Disneyland Park on Friday. The official reopening will be next Friday.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)
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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 Attractions such as Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean have undergone similar modifications to remove outdated features and tableaus.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.

One of the remaining opening-day attractions Walt Disney oversaw himself, the Jungle Cruise will return with less racially insensitive depictions of other cultures.

Skipper Amanda Beth Lorenzo stands in the Jungle Cruise boat at the entrance to the ride
Skipper Amanda Beth Lorenzo leads the Jungle Cruise during a media preview Friday in Anaheim.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)
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Riders pass under waterfalls at Schweitzer Falls during the Jungle Cruise ride.
Riders pass “through the backside of water” at Schweitzer Falls on Friday during the Jungle Cruise ride in Disneyland in Anaheim.
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Riders view bathing elephants during the Jungle Cruise ride
Riders view bathing elephants during the Jungle Cruise ride Friday.
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Monkeys view and catch butterflies that were presumably lost in the jungle on Jungle Cruise
Monkeys view and catch butterflies that were presumably lost in the jungle on the Jungle Cruise ride Friday.
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Skipper Amanda Beth Lorenzo leads the Jungle Cruise past animals on shore
Skipper Amanda Beth Lorenzo makes a joke as she leads the Jungle Cruise on a journey past a safari of explorers who are chased up a tree after the expedition comes under attack by animals on one of the new sections of Jungle Cruse in Adventureland inside Disneyland Park in Anaheim on Friday.
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A skipper fires a warning shot in the air while approaching wreckage from a boat floating among hippopotami
A skipper fires a warning shot blank in the air while approaching wreckage from a boat floating among hippopotami during the Jungle Cruise ride in Disneyland in Anaheim on Friday.
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A view of floating wreckage from a boat among hippopotami during the Jungle Cruise ride
A view of floating wreckage from a boat among hippopotami during the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland on Friday.
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Riders on benches on the Jungle Cruise ride pass in front of the Schweitzer Falls
Riders pass in front of the Schweitzer Falls during the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland on Friday.
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An expedition's wrecked boat taken over by chimpanzees is seen from the Jungle Cruise ride
A view of an expedition’s wrecked boat that was taken over by chimpanzees is seen from the Jungle Cruise ride on Friday.
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Guests clap for the skipper on the Jungle Cruise ride
Guests clap for the skipper after being led on the Jungle Cruise ride on Friday.
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A crocodile amid ruins as viewed from the Jungle Cruise
A view of a crocodile amid ruins as viewed from the Jungle Cruise on Friday.
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A baby elephant sprays water at a Jungle Cruise boat as they pass by Trader Sam's Gift Shop
A baby elephant sprays water at a Jungle Cruise boat as they pass by Trader Sam’s Gift Shop on Friday.
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Three people in khaki shorts and shirts and a man in a dress shirt and tie outside a building with a Jungle Cruise sign on it
A media preview of Jungle Cruise during its reopening Friday. The ride has new scenes and an expanded storyline. The official reopening will be next Friday.
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A desk with maps on it and a person standing nearby
A media preview of Jungle Cruise during its reopening in Disneyland on Friday. The official reopening will be next Friday.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)
Skipper Amanda Beth Lorenzo leads guests on a journey past a Bengal tiger amid ruins on the Jungle Cruise
Skipper Amanda Beth Lorenzo leads guests on a journey past a Bengal tiger amid ruins on the Jungle Cruise on Friday. The official reopening will be next Friday.
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Passengers disembark the Jungle Cruise ride while staff in khakis applaud
Passengers disembark the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland on Friday. The official reopening of Jungle Cruise will be next Friday.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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