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Disneyland to make changes to insensitive depictions on 'Jungle Cruise' ride

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 14:39:41-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — One of Disneyland's original attractions will soon be updated to do away with imagery considered by many to be insensitive.

The park's Jungle Cruise ride is set to undergo changes to the ride's depiction of Indigenous people and tribes, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Carmen Smith, executive of Creative Development & Inclusion Strategies at Walt Disney Imagineering, said the changes will, "reflect the voices and perspective of the world around us."

"As Imagineers, it is our responsibility to ensure experiences we create and stories we share reflect the voices and perspective of the world around us. With Jungle Cruise, we're bringing to life more of what people love — the humor and wit of our incredible skippers, while making needed updates," said Smith.

Disney promises the changes will still reflect the ride visitors have come to love, with more humor, wildlife, and the ride's skippers at heart.

"The exciting changes we’re making to one of [Disney’s] most popular classic attractions, Jungle Cruise, reflect our commitment to creating unparalleled experiences that reflect, not only the best in storytelling, but also the values and rich diversity of our world," tweeted Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger.

Disneyland's decision comes after the park announced changes coming to the park's Splash Mountain ride, rebranding the attraction into a "Princess and the Frog" ride. The announcement came after fans petitioned Disney to drop the ride's "Song of the South" characters. The 1946 film is criticized by many Disney fans for its racist depictions and tone.