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.
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.
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.
Other gags just kept on coming…