Soon Disney will be unveiling its live action version of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” The film will be starring Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, and more. It’s being directed by Jon Favreau, who is best known for directing the first two “Iron Man” movies. And if the movie is truly as action-packed and cinematic as its trailer, then we’re in for a great thrill ride at the cineplex. And if you are planning on going to visit Orlando soon, you might want to check out these jungle-themed rides in preparation for the new “Jungle Book” movie. All of them are located at the magical Walt Disney World, and are fun for the whole family.
1. Jungle Cruise
Located in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, Jungle Cruise is one of the most classic rides at the Disney parks. On this water ride you and your family get to embark on a ship through different jungles throughout the world, coming face to face with tigers, elephants, headhunters, and more, all while the ship’s captain tells jokes. There’s also a difference in how the environment and audio-animatronic animals look when you’re riding the ride day and night; they look more illuminated at night, so if you’re able to, you might want to ride the Jungle Cruise twice during your visit to the Magic Kingdom.
Fact: John Lasseter got his start at Disney by being a Jungle Cruise guide. He is now the chief creative officer of both PIXAR and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and has directed several animated features including “Toy Story” and “Cars.”
2. Swiss Family Treehouse
Right next door to the Jungle Cruise is this awe-inspiring, interactive walk-thru attraction. Based upon the classic 1960 live action Disney movie “The Swiss Family Robinson,” this gargantuan treehouse features full-scale bedrooms, stairs, bridges, and even a water wheel. This attraction is appropriate for visitors of any height, offers a great bird’s eye view of the park, and is an excellent place to take photographs.
3. Kilimanjaro Safaris
This is one of the best rides at Animal Kingdom, and possibly throughout all of Walt Disney World. Kilimanjaro Safaris takes guests through a recreation of a safari in the heart of Africa, and unlike Jungle Cruise, this one features real-life animals. Just some of the animals one can see safely in the trucks are lions, elephants, flamingos, and hippos. A trip to Animal Kingdom just isn’t complete without a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris, and it may just possibly be the highlight of your trip.