Video: 2014 Jingle Cruise at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

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All aboard the 2014 Jingle Cruise at WDW’s Magic Kingdom with two complete POV videos (images by Seth Kubersky)

‘Tis the season to deck the jungle with holly — and hammy jokes — as the 2014 Jingle Cruise is now underway at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Last week, the seasonal overlay to the Jungle Cruise returned for a second annual run, this time with some notable upgrades.

Last year’s inaugural Jingle Cruise was criticized for confining the custom scenery largely to the Jungle Cruise’s boathouse queue, and for some jokes that were staler than fruitcake. As you can see in the following Jingle Cruise POV videos, more holiday decor has been installed along the riverbanks, and the spiel has been adjusted appropriately to reflect the additions.

The results are still undeniably corny (as is the classic version of the Jungle Cruise) but they certainly show more effort than last year’s outing. Here’s hoping that, if this transformation becomes a tradition, Disney continues to plus the show each season.

If you are visiting the Magic Kingdom this holdiday season and want to see the Jungle Cruise, consider hitting it early or using FastPass+. On the first Saturday morning the overlay was open, the attraction was a walk-on for the first 30 minutes of the day. However, by one hour after park opening, the posted wait had jumped to half an hour, and it continued to climb throughout the morning.

 

 

Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

6 thoughts on “Video: 2014 Jingle Cruise at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

  • November 18, 2014 at 10:17 am
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    Thanks so much for this post. Leaving in 8 days for our first trip to Disney in a decade. This was perfect to get me in that early Disney Christmas mood!

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  • November 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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    Am I the only one that—upon seeing those ‘christmas crackers’ in the blasting cap box–gets a uncontrollable urge to grab one and pull it.

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    • November 19, 2014 at 11:48 am
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      Is that a British thing? I don’t remember many firecrackers at Christmas. But then again, I’m Jewish…

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      • November 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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        Yes, the crackers are a British thing. You pull both ends they explode with a loud snap and spill little toys, joke cards, and paper hat.

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