The Jungle Cruise At Disneyland Was Just Revamped, And I Guarantee You'd Never Notice These Cool Details Unless I Told You

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Hello, Disney fans! I'm Crystal, and I recently got a chance to get a sneak peek at Disneyland's newly revamped Jungle Cruise ride. In case you hadn't heard, the popular attraction was redesigned by teams in both Disneyland and Disney World, and will reopen at Disneyland Park on July 16.

Me standing outside the entrance of the ride, which has a Jungle Cruise sign

At a press event, Walt Disney Imagineering executive creative director Kim Irvine and creative director Susana Tubert talked about the process of updating the ride, and some of the key elements they focused on. "It was hours and hours of Zoom meetings, trying to design something bicoastal-y for both (parks') attractions," said Irvine. "It was important to sustain the light-hearted, comedic tone of the attraction," explained Tubert. She added that they wanted to "find ways to bring an inclusive brush stroke across the attraction, one that would feel authentic and organic."

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And here are some of the fun new details and Easter eggs to look out for the next time you ride:

1.There are a couple Easter eggs from the upcoming Jungle Cruise film, including this map, which you can find in the upstairs part of the queue.

Ancient looking map in a frame compared to a closeup from the movie showing a snaking river

Based on the trailer, it looks like the map will play a very important role in the movie.

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2.And you can see Skipper Frank Wolff's (Dwayne Johnson) and Dr. Lily Houghton's (Emily Blunt) costumes from the film inside the central office upstairs as well.

Costumes from the Jungle Cruise movie hanging inside a fake office in the ride queue

The central office belongs to the ride's "off-camera" character, Alberta Falls.

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3.Alberta Falls is just one of the new characters who have been added to the ride. Although you won't actually see Alberta herself in the queue or on the ride, you'll see plenty of her belongings, especially in her office...

An office full of collectibles, and a tag that says "To Alberta from Rosa"

Alberta is an "off-camera" character, the granddaughter of Dr. Albert Falls (the ride's previous owner), and she's the new proprietor of the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd. (aka, the company running the Jungle Cruise).

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4....as well as items belonging to her grandfather, Dr. Albert Falls.

A Shriner's hat with the name Albert embroidered on it
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5.And these cute silhouettes of Albert, Albert II (Alberta's father), and Alberta herself.

Antique silhouette cutouts of Albert, Albert II, and Alberta's profiles
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6.And if you look REALLY hard, you can actually spot an illustration of Alberta just below those.

Illustration of Alberta Falls with long hair, wearing adventurer clothing
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7.Some of the other new characters who you WILL see on the ride include Alberta's friends (who are all members of Disney’s Society of Explorers and Adventurers), like Rosa Soto Dominguez, a renowned artist from Mexico...

A woman wearing a painting easel on her back
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8....Dr. Leonard Moss, a botanist from Nova Scotia...

A man with bags of plants on his back
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9....Dr. Kon Chunosuke, an entomologist from Japan...

A man with boxes of bugs and a butterfly net
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10....Alberta's cousin, Siobhan "Puffin" Murphy, an avid bird watcher...

A woman with birdwatching glasses and a journal
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11....and Skipper Felix, who is "known throughout the navigation company as the new guy."

A man with a life vest around his waist, about to get poked by a rhino
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12.And they make up one of the Jungle Cruise "VIP" parties whose ride ~goes astray~ and then leads them up a tree. This is one of the more majorly revamped parts of the ride, FYI.

That group of people climbing up a tree pole, trying to escape animals attacking them

Some of the new dialogue you'll hear your own Skipper say here is: "If it isn't some of the most scientific and artistic minds...and Skipper Felix. It's his first day, probably his last day, too."

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13.You'll actually see some Easter eggs for these characters throughout the queue as well, like this placard and collection from Dr. Kon Chunosuke.

A placard with From the collection of Dr. Kon Chunosuke on it, and framed butterflies
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14.And Rosa's art supplies in this corner near the beginning of the queue.

A painting kit and easel
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15.You can see remnants of the group's belongings floating in the water, too. Like Rosa's paints...

A painting palette, brushes, and paint tubes floating on some shards of wood
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16....and Dr. Chunosuke's jarred bugs and Dr. Moss's plants floating on pieces of the boat.

Boxes and hars broken open with plants and bugs floating on shards of wood
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17.And, eventually, you'll see their lost boat — now overrun by chimpanzees who have gotten into their things.

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This is another new addition to the attraction.

18.You can spot a chimpanzee who is eating Dr. Moss's man-eating plant. (LOL, irony).

Chimpanzee eating a plant
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19.As well as one using Rosa's paints to make a big old mess.

A chimpanzee swinging and using a paintbrush
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20.And this one holding a map that is actually a map of the Jungle Cruise ride in Florida's Walt Disney World. (A little Disney Parks in-joke.)

Older chimpanzee holding a map that's partially torn up

In Florida, the chimpanzee there is holding Disneyland's Jungle Cruise map.

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21.Another new addition to the ride is the "butterfly" chimpanzees who've gotten into the entomologist's collection.

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22.And the chimpanzee looking through this magnifying glass here is meant to be a nod to the scene of the skeleton lying in the bed in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Chimp looking through magnifying glass in Jungle Cruise, and a skeleton looking through magnifying glass in Pirates of the Caribbean
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23.Trader Sam technically still exists, but you won't see him now because he's "out collecting things" that he plans to sell you from the Jungle Cruise's lost and found, aka Trader Sam's Gift Shop.

Trader Sam's shop, which is made of wood and has a thatch roof and many lost and found items

And you'll see that there's a group of spider monkeys that have taken over his shop.

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24.You can see all kinds of ~touristy~ objects from over the years, like cameras, hats, and even Christmas decor (perhaps a nod to the seasonal "Jingle" Cruise) at his shop.

A box of Christmas decoration like colorful string lights, and candy cane decor
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25.And finally, there's now a monkey taking your picture at the end of your tour. This is meant to be a kind of meta display saying it's the animals that "get the last laugh."

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To enjoy the new adventure (and humor!), book your tickets for Disneyland Park now. Jungle Cruise officially reopens on July 16!

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And when you visit, be sure to take as many photos of the elephants as you want...they STILL have their trunks on!