3 things you didn't know about Walt Disney World's Jungle Cruise

It's one of Disney's most beloved attractions, but how much do you know about the Jungle Cruise?

Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney World, Bay Lake, FL
Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney World, Bay Lake, FL / Avalon/GettyImages
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Whether you go to Magic Kingdom in Florida or Disneyland in California, Jungle Cruise is always a must-do. Walt Disney himself used to ride it all the time, so if anything you can say "I rode the same ride Walt did."

One of the more commonly known stories about the attraction is when a Skipper decides to change the script. They felt the original story was too boring and figured why not add some humor?! (Also, guests were starting to get tired of the same old thing. Well, after some guests came off the Skippers boat they were laughing. Walt was confused and a bit upset. So he rode the same Skippers boat in his suit.

Keep in mind, Walt wanted this attraction to be like a safari. So when he rode the boat as Walt Disney, the Skipper kept to the script. So, Mr. Disney was even more confused as to why people would be laughing when the ride wasn't funny.

After being told to go on in just regular attire, Walt finally got the real script. He heard the jokes, he heard the laughter from the guests, and best of all he heard them say "We want to come back on this ride!" Despite not being his original plan, as long as the guests were happy, Walt was happy.

This is how Jungle Cruise came to be. It's one of the longest-running attractions in both California and Florida as it was an opening day piece in each park. It's also one of the rides where the cast members can be themselves and add some personality.

Over the years the ride has seen a few changes. And, after the movie starring Dwayne Johnson came out, there have been some more additions to the queue. So, if you haven't been to Walt Disney World yet or since the changes, let's take a look at three things you might not have known about the world-famous cruise.