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Disney Parks Potential: The Jungle Book

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Welcome back to Disney Parks Potential, where I take a look at some of Disney’s more underrepresented franchises and characters while coming up with interesting ways to integrate them into Walt Disney World or Disneyland. If you missed the first entry, which covered The Incredibles, you can check that out here. Today I’ll be taking a look at an all-time Disney animated classic, The Jungle Book.

When you hear that Jungle Book has no attraction presence at Disney World, you probably think, “Wait, that can’t be right.” I mean, with a park entirely dedicated to animals, it’s hard to believe that Disney doesn’t have at least one attraction based on The Jungle Book. That wasn’t always the case, however. When Animal Kingdom first opened, there was a show called Journey into the Jungle Book but it only lasted a year before being replaced by Tarzan Rocks! in the theater which now currently houses Finding Nemo – The Musical. Besides that short lived show, there haven’t been any further attractions based on The Jungle Book.

It’s not that Disney shies away from creating new experiences with older franchises and characters, so what’s the problem? I can think of a few reasons.  Maybe with The Jungle Book’s lack of a traditional Disney princess in it, Disney may see creating a new attraction based on the film as more of a risk than say The Little Mermaid or Snow White. Or maybe the princess thing isn’t a concern and it’s simply because The Lion King is Disney’s go to animal film. Whatever the reason may be, I think a lot of people would agree that Baloo and the gang need at least some love within the Disney parks.

More Baloo please.
More Baloo please.

So how to integrate The Jungle Book? You could go the traditional dark ride route but from what I surmised earlier, that might not be a likely bet. My idea might be on a smaller scale but I think it would be effective in gauging interest in further Jungle Book attractions. I think Mickey’s PhilharMagic should include a new Jungle Book segment within the attraction. “Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You” are both classic Disney sing-a-long songs so either would be a fine choice for the music based 3D show. Also, it may not seem like it, but Philharmagic is over ten years old. Why not refresh it with some new musical segments for Donald to cause trouble within?

For those crying blasphemy because they don’t want to see a favorite song like “Part of Your World” or “Be Our Guest” replaced, I have a solution for you, and it comes from Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. That’s right, Star Tours! Star Tours gives guests a different experience every time by randomly showing different events and planets to travel through. Why can’t Philharmagic do the same thing? The attraction seems perfectly fit for it with a clear end point to each song before Donald is transported to the next Disney film. This would probably boost attendance on the attraction too while allowing new songs from films like the Jungle Book without cutting out the current crop of Disney films within the attraction. Everybody wins!

My Jungle Book parks potential idea may not be as ambitious as the previous Incredibles ideas but I think it could definitely be the start of a revitalization of the older Disney animated film. I want to know what you all think though. Do you want to see more of The Jungle Book within the parks? Leave a comment and until next time, this has been another entry of Disney Parks Potential.

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T.J. Van Fechtmann

Ever since his first trip before he could even walk, T.J. has loved Disney World more than any other vacation destination in the world. One of his goals in life is to visit every Disney theme park across the globe. Until then, you can find him making regular trips to Central Florida with the occasional trip to Disneyland as well.

14 thoughts on “Disney Parks Potential: The Jungle Book

  • I’d be all for scrapping Primeval Whirl for a Jungle Book dark ride.

  • What a fantastic idea! Kudos!

    And ditto above on “I See the Light” for Philharmagic. Can you imagine the lanterns?!

  • I know it’s not the same as a ride, but don’t forget there is a Baloo and King Louie meet & greet at AK.

  • some other options for random Philharmagic songs:
    “Pink Elephants on Parade” from Dumbo
    “Bella Notte” from Lady & the Tramp
    “I See the Light” from Tangled
    “The Un-Birthday Song” from Alice in Wonderland
    “Almost There” from Princess and the Frog
    “Once Upon a Dream” from Sleeping Beauty
    “Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat” from Aristocats
    “I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio
    These are just a few suggestions. Philharmagic is a great vehicle for delivering Disney’s classic songs and this would be a great way to include some forgotten greats.

    • After the new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” everyone may be too freaked out by “I’ve Got No Strings.”

  • I love the idea of a random Philharmagic. You need to talk to Disney! =)

  • Jungle Book was my favorite Disney movie growing up so of course I would LOVE to see a ride somewhere in the parks. That having been said, it’s definitely not ever going to happen.

    Nevertheless, you would think there would be SOME tie in somewhere in Animal Kingdom. Disneyland Paris has a Colonel Hathi restaurant for cryin outloud, you would think they could have even done at that at Animal Kingdom or Adventureland.

  • I was amazed to learn that no where on property can you find a Baloo or Baghera plush. It seems that, at least, Animal Kingdom should have some options available. I think a “Bare Necessities” river ride needs to happen in either Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom. More along the lines of a Pirates of the Caribbean type of attraction.

    • I love this idea. I can’t get enough of Disney river rides (Pirates, Small World, even Three Caballeros!). Hopefully, the planned Avatar boat attraction at AK is amazing.

  • This is genius! We love the Jungle Book and would love an attraction, but the thought of a randomized Philharmagic is even better. I think Disney needs to start talking to you!

    • I agree, Jennifer!
      T.J. – these are great ideas. Keep them coming!

    • Thank you! I already like the attraction but would definitely go more often just to see what songs come up.

      • Philharmagic is one of my favourite attractions and I love this idea!

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