Though the park has had to lay off employees, and the city of Anaheim has suffered the loss of the largest tourism draw in the county, the minds at Disney continue to modernize and refresh the park.
"It's the Jungle Cruise you know and love, with the skippers still leading the way, and at the same time, we're addressing the negative depictions of 'natives.' So that's one of the scenes we're going to go in and change". Splash Mountain, originally inspired by the characters from "Song of the South", is also getting a makeover.
Bur Disney is hoping to implement these changes on both coasts in 2021. Guests board replica ships and are taken on a voyage past animatronic inhabitants and jungle fauna, guided by a cast member who steers his passengers past various perils, such as charging hippos and warring natives.
While Chris Beatty doesn't go into what specifically will be changed, a new piece of concept art released shows a slightly modified versions of the sequence where a rhino has chased a group of explorers up a tree, so that scene will be remaining. As with nearly every other aspect of life today, expect the timeline of these Jungle Cruise updates to be entirely at the whim of the deadly virus rippling unchecked throughout the world. "But we are not adding a major storyline or character from that film".
The updated ride will include new scenes and a new storyline, Disney said in a blog. Anything new we add will be in that tone. Kwango Kate is also a former boat name.
The changes "reflect our commitment to creating unparalleled experiences that reflect, not only the best in storytelling but also the values and rich diversity of our world", Disney Executive Chairman Robert Iger said in a tweet. There's no word on exactly when this work will begin or when the update is expected to be completed.