Disney has confirmed that the recently announced Jungle Cruise enhancements will not include characters or any other movie tie-in.
Disney Imagineering Creative Portfolio Executive Chris Beatty had this to say in an interview with D23:
“I’m excited about the movie, and having Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt be a part of that film. But these adjustments are really focused on enhancing the existing attraction storyline and addressing some areas that needed refreshing along the way. I’m sure the film is fantastic and we’re very excited about it, but integrating the film into our classic Jungle Cruise is not part of this effort. Does that mean that as Imagineers we won’t put Easter eggs in there? We’ll definitely do that. But we are not adding a major storyline or character from that film.”
He also highlighted that changes will be made to rid the attraction of out-dated depictions of native peoples, saying “It’s the Jungle Cruise you know and love, with the skippers still leading the way, and at the same time, we’re addressing the negative depictions of “natives.” So that’s one of the scenes we’re going to go in and change.”
You can read the full interview here.