ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Disneyland is making more changes and updates to some of its fan-favorite rides, this time to the world-famous Jungle Cruise.
Disney says it is removing what it calls racially-insensitive depictions of native people from the ride. The updated ride will for the first time incorporate the skipper as a figure in the cruise’s story.READ MORE: Lynne Thompson Announced As 2021 Los Angeles Poet Laureate
“As Imagineers, it is our responsibility to ensure experiences we create and stories we share reflect the voices and perspectives of the world around us,” Carmen Smith, of Walt Disney Imagineering’s Creative Development & Inclusion Strategies, said in a statement. “With Jungle Cruise, we’re bringing to life more of what people love – the humor and wit of our incredible skippers, while making needed updates.”READ MORE: Mayor Eric Garcetti Urges Property Owners To Sign Up For City's New Program
Disney says the makeover is happening independent of an upcoming Jungle Cruise-inspired film starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, who will coincidentally be playing a skipper.MORE NEWS: Restaurants Hopeful Orange County Will Soon Move To Red Tier, Allowing Indoor Dining To Resume
The changes are expected at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in Florida, where the ride is currently open.