January 28th, 2021


Changes are coming to the jungle

We actually don't spend a lot of time thinking about Disneyland updates these days, but we just happened to read an interview with the head Imagineer, or whoever it was that did the interview, about the upcoming changes to the Jungle Cruise, and now it's on my mind.

First of all, frankly, I'm surprised they didn't change the attraction sooner. Of all the complaints about insensitive portrayals of people at Disney Parks, this was probably the number one most legitimate. Like, the stuff in Pirates of the Caribbean is bad, but since pirates aren't supposed to be good guys, I kind of shrugged it off as, "Well, they're not role models." In fact, please tell me you do not see pirates as role models. Also, the redhead was always--always, always, always--always working for the pirates. They updated the scene with her in it, and they were like, "Now the redhead is working for the pirates! (hashtag girlboss!)" and we were like, "If you didn't think the redhead was always with the pirates, you are not paying attention." She was never for sale; she was there to attract customers.

And that's the thing. The people making these changes don't seem to understand stuff like that, and that's why we're still concerned about changes being made. The new auction scene in Pirates of the Caribbean makes no sense. Why would pirates be buying stuff at an auction? They're pirates! They steal stuff! They do not buy things or they wouldn't be pirates! I mean, I get why they had to change the scene, and that's okay, but instead of making it a less logical version of the old one, maybe they should have changed it entirely.

So they're making changes to the Jungle Cruise, and I actually think that's a cool idea. But the dude in the interview actually referenced the redhead from Pirates of the Caribbean, and thanks to a recent interview about a plot hole in Toy Story, we know that Disney's current take on things that make no sense is, "Eh, who cares?" And...I just...I don't trust them to do a good job, that's all.

And I don't really have anything constructive to say, I think, except, if any of the people working on the ride happen to read this, and you're still doing homework, might we suggest that as you research the cultures and the animals and Marc Davis sketches, also research how the story would fit into that context, so you don't end up with nonsensical things like pirates at an auction.

Today I'm thankful for finally getting to play Splatoon with Grawp (who lasted three battles before he was ready to switch over to Minecraft), having time to work on our blog a little, getting to watch more Winx and Pokemon (maybe one of these days we'll get back to watching stuff in Japanese, too...), graham crackers with frosting, and getting some more star fragments in Animal Crossing.