Best Attraction Ride Vehicles-Jungle Cruise Boats

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing some the best attraction ride vehicles at Disney.

Jungle Cruise Boats

What makes Disney Parks so great is that their attractions have a story line and a great vehicle to transport you through the story. All of the Disney Parks have variety of ride vehicles. You have rides that spin, drop, float and jostle you around. I feel that the classic rides have the best ride vehicles because they have stood the test of time and are still relevant to every generation. One of my favorite classic attractions is the Jungle Cruise. The reason why I think the Jungle Cruise has the best ride vehicles is because this attraction is one that can be enjoyed by all ages and capabilities because of its easy going boats that carry you through the water and also around the “backside” of the water.

Some of the wildlife you encounter on the Jungle Cruise
Some of the wildlife you encounter on the Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise is a boat adventure attraction and can be found at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. Since I have only been to the one in Walt Disney World, I’ll be discussing my knowledge of their boats. But before I talk about these boats, I’ll share a little bit of history of the attraction itself. The Jungle Cruise was inspired by the film The African Queen and Walt Disney’s True Life Adventure documentary The African Lion. Both were released in the 1950’s but this attraction is set in the 1930’s during the period of African and Asian imperialism. The ride in Disneyland was originally going to have real animals but Walt Disney decided against it due to the high cost of caring for the animals and the amount of land they would need. So animatronic animals and characters were created to go with the scripted narrations done by the Skipper of the boat. The original attraction was also intended to be a serious ride that was meant to give you the feeling of exploring the mysteries and dangers of the jungle. But was later changed into the “punny” masterpiece that is filled with lots of hilariously corny jokes and sight gags that we have today. Starting in 2013, the Jungle Cruise is annually turned into the Jingle Cruise around the holidays with seasonal jokes that will get you into the holiday spirit.

photo credit: Jungle cruise via photopin (license)
photo credit: Jungle cruise via photopin (license)

The Jungle Cruise’s ride vehicles are canopied boats meant to resemble a steamboat. The boats run along a track system that is underneath the recreated waterways. The clarity of the water is controlled by a process called turbidity, so that guests cannot see the track. Each boat fits approximately 30 guests in each vehicle. The seats are bench style with a few that have backs.There are a few wheel chair accessible boats and you must enter near the Swiss Family Treehouse to board these particular boat. The ride is generally smooth except for a few twists and turns but as someone who suffers from motion sickness, I’ve never had a problem with this attraction. There are so many puns and jokes in the queue area and on the ride itself that even the names of the boats are humorous. The current names of the boats at the Magic Kingdom are:

  • Amazon Annie (Renamed “Eggnog Annie” during Christmas)
  • Bomokandi Bertha (Wheelchair lift equipped) (Renamed “Brrrrr Bertha” during Christmas)
  • Congo Connie (Renamed “Candy Cane Connie” during Christmas)
  • Ganges (Renamed “Gertie Garland Gertie” during Christmas)
  • Irrawaddy Irma (Renamed “Icicle Irma” during Christmas)
  • Mongala Millie (Renamed “Mistletoe Millie” during Christmas)
  • Nile Nellie
  • Orinoco Ida
  • Rutshuru Ruby (Renamed “Reindeer Ruby” during Christmas)
  • Sankuru Sadie (Renamed “Sleigh Ride Sadie” during Christmas)
  • Sengal Sal (Renamed “Poinsettia Sal” during Christmas)
  • Ucyali Lolly (Renamed “Yule Log Lolly” during Christmas)
  • Volta Val (Renamed “Vixen Val” during Christmas)
  • Wamba Wanda (Wheelchair lift equipped) (Renamed “Wassail Wanda” during Christmas)
  • Zambezi Zelda (Renamed “Fruitcake Zelda” during Christmas)


For more information on the Jungle Cruise it’s self, check out these great posts that were my sources :


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19 thoughts on “Best Attraction Ride Vehicles-Jungle Cruise Boats

  1. The way the Skippers spin the wheel to steer, it would have to be on a track! LOL

    I love this attraction vehicle because it is on the water and well themed. The Disneyland boats are pretty much the same, with only the attraction elements changing slightly. We enjoyed both versions!

    Have you played with the remote control version outside the attraction?

    1. One of these days I’ll make it over to Disneyland! Glad to hear that the Jungle Cruise over there is very similar.

  2. I love seeing the names of ride vehicles such as the Jungle Cruise boats and the BTMRR trains. They names are always so creative and punny! Jungle Cruise puns are the best!

  3. Ok, they control the clarity of the water?! They truly truly think of EVERYTHING! I love this, and love the names of the boats. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love the Jungle Cruise. It’s been a favorite of mine since my very first visit to the Magic Kingdom. I love the crazy, punny jokes, and the audio-animatronic animals. I’ve read some books about the Jungle Cruise and it’s amazing to me how Disney really does think of everything – right down to the water so you can’t see the track!

  5. The Jungle Cruise Boats are my favorite ride vehicle. I love this attraction. We love to visit after dark. The cruise has a whole different feel once the sun goes down.

  6. I LOVE the Jungle Cruise! I never pay attention to the boat names at Disneyland, so I can’t compare, but I love the Christmas version of the boat names at WDW! So cute! Disney really covers every detail! The ride would not be half as great as it is if they weren’t using the awesome puns and jokes that they do! Always a fun ride. Great post! Thanks for taking us on a cruise through the jungle!

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