Description And Comments
On this boat ride through jungle waterways, passengers encounter elephants, lions, hostile natives, and a menacing hippo. It’s a long-enduring Disney favorite with the boatman’s spiel adding measurably to the fun.
As more technologically advanced attractions have been added to the park over the years, the Jungle Cruise has, by comparison, lost some of its luster. Though still a good attraction, it offers few thrills and no surprises for Disneyland Park veterans, many of whom can rattle off the ride’s narration right along with the guide. For park first-timers, however, the Jungle Cruise continues to delight.
A Jingle Cruise holiday makeover runs early November–early January. The seasonal attraction features holiday-themed jokes in the skipper’s script, a few holiday items in the queue and around the attraction, and substantially longer waits, as this Anacortes, Washington, family found out:
Jungle Cruise’s line can be insanity-inducing long (as in the case of the Jingle Cruise). If the line goes upstairs, expect a very long wait through the grandfather of switchback queues. Nearly every time you expect the queue to turn around back to the ride, it continues into another room.
This ride loads slowly, and long lines form as the park fills. To compound problems, guests exiting Indiana Jones tend to head for the Jungle Cruise. Go early, or during a parade or Fantasmic! Be forewarned that the Jungle Cruise has an especially deceptive line: Just when you think that you are about to board, you are shunted into yet another queuing maze (not visible outside the ride). Regardless of how short the line looks when you approach the Jungle Cruise, inquire about the length of the wait—at least you will know what you are getting into. If the second floor of the queue building is in use, you’re in for at least a 20-minute wait. When the queue splits before the loading dock, the left lane is often quicker. Finally, many readers consider the Jungle Cruise much better at night. If the Jungle Cruise is closed for refurbishment during your visit, the “Skipper School” and “Land Tour” comedy skits cast members perform in front of the construction walls are nearly as entertaining as the actual ride (without any waiting required).
This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Jungle Cruise when you visit on a day with a given Disneyland Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Jungle Cruise Wait Times.
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Other Attractions in Adventureland
Touring Plans with Jungle Cruise
- Disneyland One-Day Touring Plan for Adults
- Disneyland Two-Day Plan for Adults with Children - Day 1
- Disneyland Two-Day Plan A - Day 2
- Disneyland Two-Day Plan B - Day 2
- Late Arrival Plan for Parents with Small Children
- See all Touring Plans...
|Loading speed||Moderate to slow.|
|Wait per 100 people ahead||3.5 minutes|
|Assumes||10 boats operating.|
When to go
Before 10 a.m. or 6 p.m.
|Opening Date||July 17, 1955|
|Scope and scale||Major Attraction|
|Closures / Refurbishments|
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