ORLANDO, Fla. — Jungle Cruise, one of many unique Disney parks’ rides, is getting a twenty first century rework in but the most recent replace to a legacy theme park journey that has been criticized in years previous for being racially insensitive.
The journey will up to date by Disney “imagineers” on the Disneyland park in California and the Magic Kingdom park in Florida with a brand new storyline and characters that “mirror and worth the variety of the world round us,” Disney mentioned in a weblog put up Monday.
“As Imagineers, it’s our duty to make sure experiences we create and tales we share mirror the voices and views of the world round us,” mentioned Carmen Smith, a Disney government, within the weblog put up.
The journey, which first opened at Disneyland in 1955, had been criticized for its depiction of animatronic indigenous folks as savages or headhunters.
Final summer time, amid calls to vary the Splash Mountain theme park journey over its ties to “Track of the South,” the 1946 film many view as racist, Disney officers mentioned it was recasting the journey in order that it’s based mostly on “The Princess and the Frog,” a 2009 Disney movie with an African American feminine lead.
Disney mentioned on the time that the adjustments had been within the works for the reason that earlier 12 months, however the announcement got here as firms throughout the U.S. had been renaming racially charged, decades-old manufacturers amid worldwide protests for racial justice after the police custody demise of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Three years in the past, Disney eradicated a “Bride Public sale” scene, deemed offensive because it depicted ladies lining up for public sale, from its Pirates of the Caribbean journey.