‘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.