March 10, 2010

A Jungle Cruise Out of Tokyo


Like most of Tokyo’s attractions, Tokyo Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise follows a similar scene layout to Magic Kingdom’s. Opening with the park on April 15, 1983, the station and surrounding area are themed to a more upscale African city, as opposed to an isolated jungle outpost. This version shares a station building with the park's steam train ride, Western River Railroad. The boats travel clockwise rather than counter clockwise and the skippers bow after every to joke to the audience.

Like the Jungle Cruise in Florida, part of the trip takes you through the ruins of an ancient temple. An interesting thing to note is that the ship's handgun, which is used to scare away attacking hippos, doesn't fire blanks (or anything else for that matter). Guns are illegal in Japan; when it comes time for the skipper to fire, he points a toy gun at the hippos and the sound of a gunshot is played over the boat's speaker system.

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Pictures and Information from PinPics, TDR Fan, and All Ears Net

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