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Disneyland gave a preview of the revamped Jungle Cruise ride after the park removed its racially insensitive scenes

INSIDER logo INSIDER 7/10/2021 ledmonds@businessinsider.com (Lauren Edmonds)
a group of people standing in front of a building: The Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland pictured during a press preview on Friday. Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images © Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images The Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland pictured during a press preview on Friday. Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images
  • Disneyland will officially reopen its Jungle Cruise ride on July 16.
  • The theme park revamped the attraction because it contained racially insensitive scenes.
  • The attraction will reopen ahead of Disney's upcoming film, "Jungle Cruise."
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Disneyland on Friday unveiled a preview of its revamped Jungle Cruise attraction after it removed racially offensive depictions of Indigenous people.

Disney announced in January that it would remove "negative depictions" of Indigenous people from the ride, which is in Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

According to a press release from Disney obtained by Insider, Jungle Cruise is scheduled to reopen to visitors at Disneyland on July 16 after it underwent a makeover.

Jungle Cruise, one of Disneyland's original rides that opened with the theme park in 1955, remained closed when Disneyland allowed visitors back in the park this April.

a pile of wood in a garden: A picture of the revamped Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland. Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images © Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images A picture of the revamped Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland. Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images

As Insider's Amanda Krause reported in January, the original Jungle Cruise ride takes visitors on a boat ride led by skippers "through scenes meant to represent animal-filled rivers in Asia, Africa, and South America. There are also animatronics throughout the ride that show tourists hiding from animals and 'a tribe of headhunters,'" citing Disney World's website at the time.


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Chris Beatty, an Imagineer who led the creative development of the enhancements, told Disney's D23 fan club in January that the changes would not be "a re-envisioning of the entire attraction" and that the ride would still be "the Jungle Cruise you know and love."

a group of people on a rock next to a tree: The updated ride will also bring back previous boats like the Mekong Maiden and the Kwango Kate. Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images © Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images The updated ride will also bring back previous boats like the Mekong Maiden and the Kwango Kate. Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images

According to a post from the Disney Parks website in January, Disney Imagineer and former Jungle Cruise Skipper Kevin Lively said that one of the biggest changes to the updated attraction is that it will include a live person playing the role of the skipper, or tour guide.

The revamped ride will also bring back previous boats like the Mekong Maiden and the Kwango Kate, according to Disneyland's website. Animatronics were also updated to represent a more diverse group, Insider previously reported.

"We're excited to be building on the story of the Jungle Cruise to include new adventures that stay true to the experience we know and love, while adding more humor, more wildlife, and an interconnected story," Chris Beatty, an Imagineer who led creative development of the enhancements, said in a statement in Disney's recent press release.

a person sitting on a boat in the water: Disneyland will reopen its revamped Jungle Cruise ride on July 16. Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images © Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images Disneyland will reopen its revamped Jungle Cruise ride on July 16. Allen J. Schaben/Getty Images

Renovations on the Jungle Cruise attraction at Disney World are still underway, but updates may be completed later this summer, according to the same statement from Disney.

Jungle Cruise will open its doors ahead of Disney's upcoming film of the same title, "Jungle Cruise," which is set to premiere on July 24. The movie stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Emily Blunt.

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