Last Thursday at Disney World, for the first time since Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955, a boat on the iconic Jungle Cruise ride sank (the Disney World version has been operating since 1971 without any Titanic-like incidents.) What next, a 20-car pileup on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride?
Fortunately, the water is only five feet at its deepest point, so the tourists aboard were fine, if a bit wet. They also escaped being devoured by the animatronic hippos. Guess it’s a good thing Disney didn’t go with the original idea of using real live jungle animals. This link has some fascinating photos of that ill-fated three-minute tour, as well as the construction of the ride.
Since aquatic tragedy was averted, we can all celebrate our relief by enjoying this animated video of one of Weird Al Yankovic’s greatest original (non-parody) songs, “Skipper Dan,” about a tour guide on a jungle cruise ride who would probably welcome his boat sinking just to break up the monotony of his job.