When you look at Disneyland from the air, you really notice just how big Adventure Land is. However, when you are actually there, it is really the smallest, most congested area in the park, it is cramped crowded and hard to get through! Adventure Land is all Jungle Cruise, the single most land hogging ride in the park. In my humble opinion the Jungle Cruise is not a very good ride, kinda stupid, not funny and the animals are phony looking. That can all be changed with my big idea for the new more Adventurous Adventure Land!
Now the “preserve Disneyland at all cost crowd” will no doubt hate this idea but for the rest of us, what do you think?
First the Jungle Cruise gets bulldozed to make way for the new and improved “Jungle Cruise to Deepest Darkest Africa”. Once you have the Jungle Cruise removed and the area deforested, a giant show building is built in the back half of Adventure Land, the home of the new Jungle Cruise. This new version would be state of the art with animatronics animals and special effects. The new ride would still be water based but have smaller boats more along the lines of POC sized but still look like the current Jungle Cruise boats. However, they are no longer skippered by cast members as the new ride would not need to be narrated other than by recorded parts here and there. So basically, you are getting a better Jungle Cruise that will utilize less than half the space of the current ride. Think POC show building size and compare to the space of the current Jungle Cruise.
Now since this is basically a dark ride, the imagineers would have total control of the experience with weather effects and atmospheric conditions that could be created. You could then do some scenes like the Circle of Life Scene from the Lion King. You could have drops down waterfalls into canyons and yes even keep some of the old scenes but just done much better.
This idea would give you a lot of new space in Adventure Land for walkways, new rides, shows and restaurants. You would basically have more than half of the old Jungle Cruise land space to open up the land and make it so much better. There would be no grid lock or traffic jams like there is now and the new Jungle Cruise could really become one of the best rides in the park.
So should the headhunters welcome me as a hero or boil me alive in a big black pot? What do you think?