According to a new report from the Los Angeles Times, Disneyland is modifying their “Jungle Cruise” ride to be more inclusive after years of complaints of racism.
The move follows attraction “Splash Mountain” being revamped which used to feature characters from the film criticized as being racist “Song of the South.”
According to the LA Times report “its initial conception as “The Jungle Rivers of the World” leaned slightly more educational than today’s more humor-driven take. The ride’s unsavory tribal depictions, largely inspired by images from Papua New Guinea, were added in the years after its opening. These vignettes of the Jungle Cruise essentially depict indigenous people as either tourist attraction, attackers or cannibals.”
The report adds that “horrifyingly racist” was a description from one of Disney’s own peers in the theme park design community. That was how various Jungle Cruise scenes were characterized in an essay from the themed entertainment design firm the Thinkwell Group that was published shortly after Disney announced the changes to Splash Mountain.”
Carmen Smith, creative development and inclusion strategies executive at Walt Disney Imagineering said “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.”