Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Walk in the Park: Disneyland Edition - The Jingle Cruise

By Daisy Sparks

"The World Famous Jungle Cruise" is one of the few Disneyland attractions that has been in operation since Opening Day back on July 17, 1955. It has not changed much and the Skippers continue to deliver their jokes. This cheesy factor is one reason why the ride is much beloved by many fans. Last year was the first year that The Jungle Cruise received a holiday overlay and became, "The Jingle Cruise." Continue after the page break and let's have a look...

While the boats, dock and queue area received some holiday decorations, the jungle itself remained untouched.

This year, it looks like the Skippers enjoyed the festive tone from last year and decided they need more holiday cheer. According to Adventureland Correspondent, Tallahassee Glover, the shipment of holiday decorations went missing. (source Disney Parks Blog)
The queue has lots of details that you have to watch out for.

There are a variety of signs that you see while you wait in line to let you know that the Skippers are missing their holiday shipments.

While waiting your turn, you see how the Skippers have given their boats holiday-themed names. You have to appreciate the details that went into the themed decorating with each particular name. For example, a cookie sheet was used to create Gingerbread Gal's boat ID.

There was even a boat that left the dock with a special distinction of being labeled as follows:

When you finally get on board, you can start to see some tinsel and garland strewn everywhere. Looks like the shipment may have been found...but not by the Skippers.

The strong scents after passing the gorilla camp are a mix of cinnamon and vanilla. You get an idea of where certain shipments were found by different animals. It made sense that the Bengal tiger, who is a big kitty, happened to have found all the yarn.

It looks like every animal in the jungle discovered some kind of holiday cheer among missing shipments. The attention to detail is evident here, too. The elephants found the giant jingle bells while the lions found the plastic reindeers. The puns in the holiday decor and where they are placed are pure Disneyland fun.

Just as my cruise rounded its way through the African veldt, we got stuck by the safari group who are trying to get away from a charging rhino. Our Skipper, Victoria, was good at keeping us entertained with not only cheesy Jungle Cruise jokes, but awkward silence, too. It seemed appropriate and you couldn't help but laugh. She informed us that there was a malfunction of sorts with the boats and we were instructed to head back to the dock. Our Skipper had to steer the boat backwards to get there.

It was a first for me. Sharing my video so you can experience "The World Famous Jungle Cruise" - backwards.

When we got off the boat, I noticed one more fun holiday sign.
I loved the holiday overlay at The Jingle Cruise. It's fun to see a classic attraction get some attention and another experience. Every Skipper can also make minor adjustments to their spiel so every Jingle Cruise is a little different. Since my cruise that day was cut short, I guess I will have to go back again to see what happened to the rest of the holiday shipments.
Daisy Sparks grew up in Southern California and Disneyland was a regular part of her life. While in college, she started working at Disneyland as a Main Street Merchandise Host. Her "college job" led to 12 adventurous years working with Mickey Mouse. She was a trained Magic Demonstrator, Hat Writer and was even signed off as a Disneyland Monorail Ride Operator. Daisy loved every minute of it while she held various management positions in Merchandise, Business Operations and Attractions. 

Daisy is married to her college sweetheart, David (a former Jungle Cruise Skipper). David solicited Daisy's Duck's help in memorable engagement proposal that took place at Disneyland's Club 33. Daisy left Disneyland in May 2001 to raise her two daughters. She continues to visit the Disneyland Resort multiple times a week as a Guest. Daisy particularly loves the Disneyland heritage because of all of the little details and stories that make it "the happiest place on earth."

You can read more about Daisy's Disneyland adventures over on her personal blog at DisneyDaze .

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