It’s no secret that rides change and evolve over time. That’s why we post monthly refurbishment updates so guests can keep track of what changes are coming to their favorite rides. Oftentimes, these changes are good. Star Tours: The Adventures Continues is the perfect example of an attraction that closed for a major overhaul and came back better. However, there are times when refurbishments and reimaginings miss the mark. The addition of Captain Jack Sparrow to the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions around the world has had a decidedly mixed reception from fans, many of whom wish Disney would have just left this attraction alone and done something else with the popular Captain Jack Sparrow character.
And now it looks like Disney may be trying to change another classic attraction in the same way.
In case you haven’t already heard, Disney is making a Jungle Cruise-inspired film, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And while this already seemed like a pretty fun addition to Disney’s ever-expanding live action film slate, thanks to The Rock’s Instagram account, we now know that Disney has bigger plans for this movie that will extend far beyond the silver screen.
1. The reimagining of the Jungle Cruise has been confirmed to be happening in the near future
According to The Rock’s aforementioned Instagram post, the actor will be partnering with Disney's Imagineers to help re-engineer and re-design the Jungle Cruise ride in all the Disney theme parks around the world. This big change will take place during a major refurbishment, which has yet to be officially scheduled sometime next year, which is incidentally when the Jungle Cruise movie begins filming (presumably for a late 2018 or early 2019 opening date)
Now of course, details in the social media post are pretty much nonexistent, and if we had to guess we’d say official plans are probably still coming together for what this “reimagined” attraction will be. However, based on previous changes to other attractions (including the aforementioned Pirates of the Caribbean), we have a good idea what might be in the works for this location...