Jingle Cruise: a Better and Funnier Voyage in 2014

| November 16, 2014 | 2 Replies

In 2013, Disneyland and Walt Disney World introduced the “Jingle Cruise” overlay to the venerable Jungle Cruise ride. Guests were not impressed. This year Disney has upped the ante on the Jingle Cruise and the gags never stop. Jingle Cruise opened on November 13 this year and I had a chance to ride the Disneyland version on the evening of November 13 and during the daytime on the following day. On opening evening (a Thursday) we encountered a line 30 minutes long at 6:00 PM, while on Friday at 1:15PM the line was 20 minutes long. I would recommend riding Jingle Cruise during the day. There is just not enough light at night to take in all the holiday elements and gags.

The theme this year is that a holiday shipment has been lost in the jungle. This has resulted in the shipment being strewn across all the scenes. Guests are presented with a sign while they queue alerting them to the lost shipment.

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Disneyland has been taking more chances with seasonal offerings and after this year I think Jingle Cruise will be a keeper.

It was hard to tell which was larger – the number of fruitcakes or the skipper’s jokes about the fruitcakes.

 

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I thought the Santa and reindeer scene with lions was hilarious. The zebra being eaten by the lions is gone – to be replaced by plastic reindeer.

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Other gags just kept on coming…

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The piranhas like the gift boxes!DSCN6105

A boa wrapped in bows…DSCN6111 DSCN6102 DSCN6099 DSCN6093

 

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  • Stephanie

    Looks great! I’m curious, does anyone know how long the Jingle Cruise runs in WDW? I am hoping to see it the first week of January!

  • Catherine

    It looks so much better this year!! We were at MK for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party last week but didn’t make the effort to see it after last year’s sub-Disney standards. (My opinion) Looks like they really stepped it up this year!

    I wish WDW did as many festive updates to their rides as Disneyland does. Would love to see it’s a small world decked out for Christmas!