ANAHEIM, CA: Disneyland has changed its Jungle Cruise ride,
removing fake guns from the hands of the boat captains. The move is
getting lots of attention, albeit months after the fact.
The story was first reported last week in the Los Angeles Times, and
picked up by the AP and Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
But the decision to change the ride was made in the spring. "We made
that change almost seven months ago," said Ray Gomez, Disneyland's
director of corporate communications.
Previously, the Jungle Cruise included a moment when the tour guides
would shoot at mock hippos that are visible off the sides of the
Boat captains would also shoot into the air in a dramatic attempt to
warn off the beasts.
Gomez said that the decision to change the ride was based on comments
from visitors. "We get feedback from our guests," he said. "Guests to
Disneyland are not shy about telling us what works, and what doesn't
But Gomez said that the new motif has not gained much attention from
patrons. "Our guests have not had any concerns with it at all, and we
have had a total of ten comments from the cast (staff members) since it
As the Times pointed, in 1997 the pirate ride at Disneyland was also
changed to accommodate modern tastes. No longer did it feature a pirate
boasting of sexual escapades, or a section showing a woman hiding from
Gomez is somewhat perplexed by the amount of attention the story is
receiving now. "Throughout the park, attractions are constantly being
updated," he said. "We just redid Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and
three years ago completely redid Tomorrow-land."