If you’ve ever ridden the Jungle Cruise attraction at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you know the Jungle Cruise Skippers tell a bunch of corny jokes loaded with puns. After all, that’s what the ride is all about. You can’t visit Disney Parks without a stop to see the 8th Wonder of the World: the Backside of Water! Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie captured many of those punny jokes from the Jungle Cruise attraction and a bunch of other Jungle Cruise Easter Eggs and we wanted to share the ones we found.
Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Jungle Cruise yet.
All the Jungle Cruise Easter Eggs You May Have Missed
Dr. Lily Houghton searching for an arrowhead that was recovered during an expedition led by Albert Falls. During the Jungle Cruise attraction, the Skippers tell the guests that Schweitzer Falls is named after Dr. Albert Falls.
Dr. Albert Falls also founded the Jungle Navigation Company, the namesake for the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen, a Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant at Walt Disney World. The Skipper Canteen looks similar to the restaurant in the film
Skipper Puns and Cruise Attractions
Skipper Frank Wolff makes loads of corny puns while driving his guests on their Jungle Cruise. Among those puns and attractions are nods to ones at the Disney Parks attractions:
Guests are told to keep their hands inside the boat, just like the safety warning given at the beginning of each park cruise.
Along the tour guests see some fake animals, including hippopotamuses (not even native to the Amazon) and a boa constrictor.
There is an “attack” by natives (obviously people paid by Frank as part of a ruse to allow him to make more money) that is a nod to the attack scene in the Jungle Cruise attraction.
Frank shows the cruise guests the 8th Wonder of the World, The Backside of Water, which is one of my personal favorites on the ride at the parks.
As Frank, Lily, and MacGregor make their way down the Amazon on La Quila, they encounter piranha. They then later enter headhunter territory, and that isn’t a place you want to be headed. Oh, Frank. That is another attraction pun.
One of the cruise guests has traveled the multiverse. David Lengel who played Phil Jones in WandaVision is one of the guests on Frank’s Jungle Cruise.
Boat proprietor Nilo’s white cockatoo, Rosita, (you know, “Frank owes me money” Rosita), was one of the showgirl birds of the Enchanted Tiki Room. She left the group for her own aspirations and became a freelance performing artist, often relying on the Jungle Navigation Company for her travel needs.
Since 2018, Rosita can be seen at the Tropical Hideaway restaurant in Disneyland.
Nilo’s last name is Nemolato, a nod to prolific Italian concept artist Luca Nemolato. Nemolato created concept art for Jungle Cruise, Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming Black Adam, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Shape of Water, Army of the Dead, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and a slew of others.
One of Frank’s hired “natives” is Trader Sam. On the attraction at the parks, Trader Sam is the head salesman of the jungle. Trader Sam’s is also a well-known watering hole and dining spot at Disneyland Hotel (Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar) and Walt Disney World’s Disney Polynesian Resort (Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar).
Jungle Navigation Company
Frank’s tour company is named the Jungle Navigation Company. As mentioned above, Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. is the name of the fictional company that owns the rides and Skipper Canteen at Disney Parks.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World Attraction Prop Easter Eggs
As the movie was nearing its release date, both the Jungle Cruise attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World closed for refurbishment. Part of that refurbishment included the addition of some movie props as Easter Eggs for fans to enjoy while in the ride queues.
Frank’s coat, along with Lily’s blouse, coat, and map can be found in the queue at Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise. The clothing can be seen hanging on pegs in the office of Alberta Falls. The map is framed in the Jungle Navigation Company boathouse.
The map Lily brought to Frank for her expedition can be seen in an office inside the queue at Walt Disney World’s Jungle Cruise, on the wall opposite the Society of Explorers and Adventurers member Dr. Kon Chunosuke’s entomological collection.
In the film, Frank and Lily encounter a group of Conquistadors during their expedition. You can find a Conquistador’s helmet hanging in the Safari Supply Storage Room.
Did we miss any of your favorite Jungle Cruise Easter Eggs or puns? Drop them in the comments below!
Jungle Cruise floats into theaters and to Disney+ Premier Access on July 30. It is rated PG-13 (for adventure violence) and has a runtime of 2 hours and 7 minutes. Tickets are available now.
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