Disney Revamps Jungle Cruise to Eliminate Racial Stereotypes


Walt Disney Co. is overhauling its Jungle Cruise rides in Southern California and Florida, part of an ongoing effort to remove racial and gender stereotypes from its theme-park attractions.

The renovated ride will eliminate racially hurtful depictions of indigenous peoples and replace them with imagery of tourists on an ill-fated jungle ride, according to a blog posting Monday and media accounts.

Disney has revamped a number of attractions over the years, especially older ones, to strip out potentially offensive elements. Pirates of the Caribbean underwent a facelift to eliminate scenes where buccaneers auction off women taken in raids. Splash Mountain, originally inspired by the characters from “Song of the South,” is also getting a makeover.

The Jungle Cruise, which debuted in 1955 with Disneyland park in Southern California, simulates a cruise down rivers of Asia, Africa and South America. Guests board replica ships and are taken on a voyage past animatronic inhabitants and jungle fauna, guided by a cast member who steers his passengers past various perils, such as charging hippos and warring natives.

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