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  • Art Initiates Life: In 2010, botanists studied the soil and plants of Anaheim's Jungle Cruise and declared that 55 years of careful maintenance of the flora had resulted in a real jungle ecosystem, complete with the sorts of microbes typically found in wild jungles.
  • The Danza: All of the skippers are named by what their actual cast member names are.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Along with taking heavy inspiration from Walt Disney's True Life Adventures series, the ride also borrowed a lot of elements from the film The African Queen.
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  • Long Runner: Being one of the original Disneyland attractions, the ride's been around for over 60 years and still going strong.
  • Market-Based Title:
    • Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions at Tokyo Disneyland.
    • Jungle River Cruise at Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • Milestone Celebration: At Disneyland's version of the ride, the showering elephant was temporarily painted gold to celebrate the park's 50th anniversary in 2005.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: In the Florida version, many of the animatronics are underneath coverings such as tents, shelters or similar. This is to keep the animatronics dry due to the normally rainy Florida.
  • Too Soon:
    • At Florida's version of the ride, the jokes the skippers would make about a crashed plane prop were dropped following the events of 9/11, with the skippers instead being told to find ways to divert guests' attention away from the prop. It wouldn't be for several years until the jokes surrounding the crashed plane were brought back.
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    • After a toddler was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon and killed by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on June 14, 2016, Disney asked its cast members not to say the iconic one-liner "Watch your children, or the crocodiles will!" (or any jokes about the gators and crocodiles) on the attraction anymore. The jokes they would make about a pair of crocodiles named Old Smiley and Ginger were eventually brought back a few months later, however.
  • What Could Have Been
    • The attraction was originally meant to contain live animals, but this was deemed too impractical. The idea of featuring real animals in a theme park, however, was eventually realized in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
    • A jeep-based version of the ride was planned for Disneyland Paris, but scrapped due to the park's initial financial failure.
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    • In the late 90s, updates proposed for the Walt Disney World version ranged from an original concept emphasizing a strange crocodile cult to a version based on the George of the Jungle movie simply called the George of the Jungle Cruise.


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