I am not sure where I read this- but I believe the Jungle Cruise opened as a straightforward safari type ride. I have heard narration for the ride (it sounded as if it were Thurl Ravenscroft, but that is just a guess) so I think it was meant to be like the Mine Train through Nature's wonderland- straightforward and serious, and based on his true life adventure films.
Does anyone know anything about this? I read somewhere (and for the life of me I can't remember where) that Walt Disney added skippers after he overheard a guest commenting that he didn't need to ride the Jungle Cruise more than once because it was always the same- and that is why he added the skippers and changed the tone of the attraction, to make people want to come back.
So what was it like in 1955, does anyone know?