PHOTOS: Jungle Cruise Shrine Under Construction, African Elephant Removed at Disneyland

It seems there are some refurbishment projects underway at the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland. After Cast Members told us about the changes, we took a ride on the attraction this Tuesday to check on the construction.

Jungle Cruise Construction

There are walls up around the tiger, blocking the shrine from view.

The walls resemble old wood fencing to blend in with the surroundings a little more than standard construction walls. A brown tarp is over the tiger, which is still visible in between two walls.


For comparison, above is what the shrine with the tiger usually looks like.

The other change was a missing African elephant. Guests first encounter this elephant…

…and then usually see a second one in this section. But the elephant has been removed.


Above is what the elephant usually looks like.

Lastly, we noticed that the piranhas were not working. Whether this is purposeful for a refurbishment or not is unclear.

Below is a picture of the piranhas when they’re operational.


Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise is an opening-day riverboat attraction located in Adventureland. Originally intended to be more educational and straightforward, the cruise is now renowned for its dry humor and excessive use of puns — courtesy of a Cast Member guide known as a Skipper. As guests traverse the jungles of the world, they are treated to a bombardment of witty one-liners.

A movie loosely based on the experience was released in 2021, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Check out our full review here. Also in 2021, but unrelated to the film, the Jungle Cruise was updated with a new backstory, scenes, and cultural sensitivity changes.

Versions of Jungle Cruise exist at Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Hong Kong Disneyland.

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