Things are looking holly and jolly in Adventureland, as the Jingle Cruise has once again sailed into the Magic Kingdom. Check out our video below, or read on for a full tour!
The sign outside the attraction lets guests know that the holidays are here, as it’s wrapped in a garland with plenty of lights.
As befits the makeshift look of the Jingle Cruise, a candy cane-colored “I” replaces the “U” on the Jungle Cruise sign.
Crowds were lined up to check out this holiday overlay.
Last year, the Jingle Cruise added new material based on the recent changes to the attraction, so we’re curious to see if things have changed.
Of course, this being the jungle, the skippers make use of whatever they can get to ring in the season, and that extends to the signage above the entrance.
Just outside the official entrance, guests can see wreaths adorning some of the lampposts, including this one made out of an old lifebuoy.
Others are decorated with animal horns and red “noses,” resembling Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Upon entering, look up at the cage to see a small menorah made of coconut shells, perfect for a tropical Hanukkah.
Beneath, the cage makes a perfect storage place for all the presents.
A Christmas tree has been set up in the queue, along with a banner asking “Santa please stop here!”
When the skippers decorate, they go all out, including this outdoor scene with a bamboo Christmas tree.
The wheels below have poinsettias, a flower common to the holidays.
The office seems to be decoration central, adorned with strands of red, white, and pink paper and knitted garlands.
And don’t forget the tinsel! They’ve left it all over a chair.
When we visited, a section of the queue was roped off, though it was decorated for the overlay with ornaments and strings of colorful lights.
Plant wreaths and poinsettias seem to be a recurring theme, but that’s the holidays in the jungle for you!
A banner near the loading dock reminds skippers and guests to “jungle all the way!”
Even the shack across from the loading dock is ready for the season, festooned with lights, garlands, and ornaments, along with a small Christmas tree and a decoration of Santa Claus’ face.
The poles on the dock are decorated with… you guessed it… garlands!
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Jingle Cruise without the boats getting in on the act!
The front has gold and yellow tinsel and plenty of ornaments.
While several boats were out of the rotation when we visited, all of the others already had their holiday names up. For example, the Ucyali Lolly has become the Yule Log Lolly.
Bomokandi Bertha becomes the Brrrrr Bertha (not that you have to worry too much about the cold in Central Florida).
The Congo Connie is now the Candy Cane Connie, complete with a striped half of a lifebuoy.
A cluster of leaves transforms the Nile Nellie into the Noel Nellie.
Thirsty for a pun? The Orinoco Ida adds a few letters to become the Orinococoa Ida. Refreshing!
The chill is on Irrawaddy Irma, which makes it the Icicle Irma.
Wamba Wanda becomes the Wassail Wanda thanks to a metal panel decorated with Christmas trees.
There isn’t much holiday material that starts with the letter Z, so the Zambezi Zelda makes do with being the Fruitcake Zelda.
Similarly, the Senegal Sal also drops the alliteration as the Poinsettia Sal. But enough alliteration allusions, let’s ride!
Near the butterfly scene, Santa and elf hats have been strewn around.
Meanwhile, a charging rhinoceros has interrupted the safari party’s gift exchange. (I told them not to do Starbucks gift cards again!)
Presents are all over the ground.
Moving to the crocodiles, Old Smiley and Ginger have hung up their stockings… and the boots to match!
Here’s hoping Santa left them something nice!
Meanwhile, over at the campsite, a pair of gorillas decide to deck themselves out in holiday finery.
Gifts and stockings have been placed around the area.
The smaller gorilla looks cute trying on a green, white, and red scarf.
Looks like one present decided to spend the holidays on the water.
Heading into the temple, a group of monkeys set out their stockings.
The tiger has one of the hats the skippers wear on the Jingle Cruise in their mouth.
Finally, it looks like everyone’s been good this year, as there are even more presents at the parachute site, along with a green and red wreath.
As guests exit, a banner wishes them a “Happy Gnu Year!”
While the holiday stuff is out, December 31 is already on peoples’ minds as the New Year’s decorations await in the rafters.
A spherical cage has white lights around it, resembling the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve.
The décor is aggressive this year at the exit, covering up much of the blackboard asking about skippers’ new year’s resolutions.
There’s a basket of ornaments, as well as plenty of items with gift tags on them.
And with some candy canes on the netted crates, the experience comes to an end.
What’s your favorite part of the Jingle Cruise? Let us know in the comments!
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