Spearheaded by Carmen Smith, head of “inclusion strategies”.
Disney is dusting off the 65-year old ride ahead of the release of Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
According to The Daily Wire, “the ride no longer includes elements that were based on humorous depictions of historical facts like cannibalism in the Amazon Basin and headhunting tribes in Borneo, as illustrated by shrunken head dealer ‘Trader Sam.’ Instead, the ride now depicts monkeys and other animals tormenting tourists. The new version also places an emphasis on the havoc humans wreak on the environment.”
Sounds fun. Fingers crossed for a Greta Thunberg animatronic.
“This is not a re-envisioning of the entire attraction” Chris Beatty, Disney’s creative portfolio executive said in an interview with The Independent. “It’s the Jungle Cruise you know and love, with the skippers still leading the way, and at the same time, we’re addressing the negative depictions of natives.”