Probably the coolest part of riding the Jungle Cruise at Hong Kong Disneyland is that it is the version of the ride that is closest to the actual jungle and not actually very cool. Heat and humidity add an authenticity to the ride that could be almost a little scary. Luckily, in addition to the tongue-in-cheek cheeseball scripts that the Jungle Boat skippers use, some of the details of the ride lift the mood just enough to keep the ride light and goofy as intended.
The first thing that you’ll notice as you enter the line-up is that they have separate lines for English, Cantonese, and Mandarin which is important because taking the ride in a language you don’t understand might actually be pretty terrifying. Don’t be mistaken, though, as you hop aboard an English language boat because even with my ear for Chinese I always struggle to understand more than 70 or 80 percent of what the heavily accented skippers say. Fortunately I have most of the jokes memorized! Your mileage may vary.
The other thing that you’ll notice is that everything still seems just a little too clean. Maybe that’s on purpose or maybe that’s what the original Anaheim Jungle Cruise looked like in 1961, but I really think that the ride needs just a little more fading and grime before it can truly pay homage to the original.
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