Welcome to the jungles of Adventureland and the most exotic regions of the world. Take a cruise aboard the Jungle Cruise, where unfriendly natives and piranha attack without warning, visit the famous Temple of the Forbidden Eye in the The Indiana Jones Adventure, or sit back and relax to the soothing melodies of the Enchanted Tiki Garden and go inside and experience the original 1963 audio animatronic Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Nearby young children can explore the Tarzan Treehouse.
Shops in Adventureland include Tropical Imports and the Adventureland Bazaar. Don’t miss the wonderful entertainment of Adventureland and nearby New Orleans Square.
Do not miss: The Enchanted Tiki Room, The Jungle Cruise and The Indiana Jones Adventure!
The Jungle Cruise
This seven minute cruise includes hippos (whose ears wiggle just before they attack), the “backside” of water, headhunters, (who will give you a deal today, two heads, for just one of yours) and numerous other groan-inducing jokes from your trust Skipper. Changed from it’s original theme, it was remolded with opening of the nearby Indiana Jones Adventure. This Holiday season, don’t miss the all-new ‘Jingle Cruise’, the first holiday makeover for this attraction.
The Jungle Cruise opened along with the park in 1955 and has changed very little since then. When Walt Disney was originally planning the Jungle Cruise, he had wanted live animals. Experts explained that the animals would likely be sleeping during park hours, so mechanical animals were employed. These mechanical creations would be the forerunners to the modern audio-animatronics Disney would eventually develop. Hippos, tigers, elephants, monkeys and even some human a figures are used throughout the ride. Additions such as the overturned jeep and the rerouting of the river when the Indiana Jones attraction was built are among the small changes to the ride over the years.
When Imagineers originally began the planning for the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction nearby, the two attractions were to be joined, with the Jungle Cruise boats going inside the massive show building, along with The Disneyland Railroad. The ride was re-themed to fit the 1936 stylings of the Indiana Jones attraction next door.
The Enchanted Tiki Room
The Tiki Room was Disney’s first audio animatronic, fully automated show. Birds sing and the “flowers croon in the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room”. Originally, the attraction was planned as a restaurant, but further development produced the memorable Tiki room. (Previous to the refurbishment you may have noticed the chairs you are sitting on, along with the “booth style” benches are reminiscent of restaurant furniture). Your host is a loveable bird named Jose, and along with a cast of audio animatronic birds, flowers, and tiki gods, you’re sure to be entertained. The Tiki room opened in 1963. There are more than 225 birds, flowers and tikis featured in the show.
Before you enter the show, the various Gods in the Enchanted Garden introduce themselves. (see below) The last Tiki God, Tangaroa (voice of Thurl Ravenscroft), a large tree just outside the entrance, sets the mood. The doors open and you enter the Tiki Room. Jose introduces the many birds and tikis. They present a variety of musical numbers, along with a thunderous ending.
Disneyland is fortunate enough to host the original show, with only a few minor changes in the format. Walt Disney World’s version of the show which recently opened after a long refurbishment contains many of the original elements, but the Disneyland version more closely reflects the original attraction.
The theme music was written by the Sherman Brothers, who also wrote the music for It’s a Small World and many Disney films including Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins.
When the attraction first premiered, an audio animatronic bird would beckon guests to the Enchanted Tiki Room from the entrance to Adventureland. Unfortunately, the bird was so popular, that he had to be removed (he was causing major traffic problems at the entrance to Adventureland).
The majority of the show takes place over your head, so the best views are actually not up front where we would be accustomed to. Try taking a seat in the very back row (there are comfortable padded benches here, as opposed to the regular benches). You’ll get a much more enjoyable experience here, and you’ll get a better overall view of the show.
The last major refurbishment restored the Tiki room to its 1963 splendor, but no changes to the show occurred (with the exception of the cut “Offenbach” number that was (and still is) deleted from the show). The show building was completely modernized and each audio animatronic bird, flower and tiki was meticulously restored. Advanced LED technology lighting was installed in the fountain for the truly colorful effects and the sound system was greatly improved.
The Enchanted Garden
Outside the attraction in the queue area are various gods and goddesses. Before the show you can learn about each one of them. Be sure to also catch the famous “pineapple” film on display courtesy of the show’s sponsor; Dole Pineapple. Don’t forget to catch some pineapple juice, a dole whip (pineapple flavored soft-serve ice cream) or a “Dole Whip Float” which is the ice cream served over pineapple juice) at the Tiki Juice Bar. Food and drinks are allowed inside, so don’t feel you have to rush to finish your dessert or beverage before entering the Tiki Room.
Tips for Parents:
It’s rare that children may be frightened by some of the effects inside the Tiki Room, but there is a thunderstorm sequence with some sudden darkness near the end of the show you may want to be aware of. You can sit near the exit (which is caddy-corner to the entrance) if you have to make a hasty retreat.
The Indiana Jones Adventure
Making your way from the jungle base camp, you embark on a journey to Indiana Jones’ newest discovery, the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. A sputtering generator whines while powering the lights in the queue area. (The lights flicker). You proceed into the temple, and along the way you see evidence of past adventurers, who apparently didn’t make it. There are several things to look at along the way. In the “Spike Room”, if you pull on the bamboo that specifically warns you not to, the ceiling begins to fall. In another room, you hear the sounds of somebody calling for help, apparently at the other end of a long rope. If you jiggle the rope, you’ll hear them fall.
Continuing into the temple, you see a newsreel announcing the discovery of the temple and the promises of riches inside. It is now that you learn the fate of those who look into the eyes of Mara. Guests board transports and pay a visit to the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. Along the way we meet Indy, in trouble again (as usual). What follows are drops, bats, poison darts, corpses, bugs and fire. This spectacular attraction is made possible by the transport vehicles, each vehicle has an onboard computer system which can go through the attraction with 150,000 combinations. The transports may stop suddenly, maybe take a turn faster, maybe dip, etc.
George Lucas, after just completing Star Tours, was ready to create an attraction based on the Indiana Jones Adventures. Unfortunately, the technology was not available, so the project never went further. When plans for the ride were first being considered, Disney veteran Herbert Ryman was brought out of retirement to draw up some renderings of what the attraction might look like.
The inventive queue is an achievement in itself. The winding corridors of the bat caves, and the pre-show film are very entertaining. (You can see some of these elements in the video below).
The Indiana Jones Adventure is a high-speed, turbulent attraction with loud sounds and scary images. With sudden dips and drops, those with back injuries, those prone to motion sickness, expectant mothers, should not ride.
Tips for Parents
The attraction can be frightening to some children.
Baby Swap/Single Rider
The option of “Single Rider” has been discontinued on Indiana Jones but there is an option known as “Baby Swap”. (Or ‘Rider Switch’) which is helpful to parents of children that are too young to ride the attraction. One parent stays with the child at the exit, while the other rides, and then they switch off. Just tell the Cast Member at the entrance of the queue, then proceed through the Fastpass line to the attraction. Once there, you wait and board your vehicle.
* Height Requirement: 46″/117cm
Opened in 1999, this attraction is based on the Disney animated film Tarzan. New rooms were added to the existing ‘Swiss Family Treehouse‘ and completely re themed. Similar to the prior attraction, the rooms, walkways and moorings are various sailing ship parts. Swiss Family Robinson’s “Swiss Polka” can still be heard from a small phonograph near the end of the attraction, along with various “trashin’ the camp” musical instruments and other interactive elements.