Earlier this month it was announced that the long-rumored Jungle Cruise film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was officially a go at Disney. Soon after, Johnson appeared at Disneyland for skipper school and, according to his Instagram this weekend, has now taken to the Walt Disney Archives to learn more about the history of the attraction (and potentially change its future):
Grateful SOB to have Walt and Mickey watching over my shoulder as @danygarciaco and I embark on this amazing project. For our big #JungleCruise creative meeting at DISNEY's highly secure R&D facilities, me and @danygarciaco were escorted into THE VAULT. A legitimate vault where all of Disney's biggest secrets and plans are kept. Curtains were pulled back for us to reveal the actual drawn up plans that Walt Disney had his brother, Roy Disney take to New York to present to the bankers in 1950 for the potential loan to build what's now known as Disney Land. Cant imagine what that meeting with bankers was like. Roy: Alright gentlemen, so me and my brother Walt, want to build the greatest multiple theme park attraction in the world. Banker: Oh that seems fun, Mr. Disney. Roy: *smiles in a playful mischievous manner, Oh yes my good man, it will have a few things that are in fact, fun. Well, clearly I don't know how the hell men were actually talking in the 50's, but what I do know is being able to star in and produce #JungleCruise is a dream come true. BUT what takes this to the next level, is that we'll partner with Disney's brilliant Imagineers to help re-engineer and re-design the #JungleCruise ride in all the Disney theme parks around the world. A very special opportunity for us and our @sevenbucksprod to create an unforgettable and fun EXPERIENCE for families around the world. And as Walt Disney himself would say… it's magical. Next step is finding our visionary director. Exciting times. #JungleCruise #TheExperience #DisneyStudios #Imagineers #SevenBucksProds #WaltAndRockWouldveBeenBesties #AndWorkoutBuddies #WaltWouldveLovedMyJackedUpPickUpTruck 😉🤙🏾
While it’s nice to see Johnson’s enthusiasm for the project and appreciation for the Walt Disney legacy, there was one particular part of his post that caught some attention. Johnson says, “BUT what takes this to the next level, is that we’ll partner with Disney’s brilliant Imagineers to help re-engineer and re-design the #JungleCruise ride in all the Disney theme parks around the world.”
Although it may not be surprising that Disney might want to update the classic attraction if the film it inspired was successful, it seems unlikely they intended to break the news in an Instagram post when the movie doesn’t even have a release date. It’s also unclear how big the changes might be or when they would be installed.
With the D23 Expo taking place once again this July, perhaps we’ll get to hear more about what The Rock is cooking then.
UPDATE: The Orlando Sentinel has reached out to Disney, with a spokesperson confirming The Rock did meet with Imagineers but says there are currently no plans to change to theme park attractions at this time.
Mahalo from "the Vault" at DISNEY's R&D facilities. Figured the best way to make an excellent #JungleCruise movie was to fully immerse myself in the rich history and culture of DISNEY. Big shout to the Imagineers for pulling out all the original #JungleCruise concept art from the 1950's for me and oral/visual history lesson behind the iconic ride and it's infamous and relentlessly entertaining "Skippers". Fascinating to understand Walt Disney's early idea for the #JungleCruise ride, which from the 1950's concept art behind me, was original titled JUNGLE RIVER and meant to be enjoyed with LIVE ANIMALS at Animal Kingdom. Which as we all know, animals that live in and near an African river ain't playin' that game. 😂🦍 #JungleCruise will mark my fourth collaboration with the company and potential to be the best one of all of them. Shout to my buds Sean Bailey, Alan Horn and Bob Iger for being great partners. Kristin Burr you're a rockstar. Thanks again team and see everyone down the road. This'll be a fun one. #GreatestAdventureEver #JungleCruise