Things got a bit soggy for guests on a Jungle Cruise excursion at the Magic Kingdom today. A guest in the park posted photos of a Jungle Cruise boat with water past the seats and guests standing on whatever they could to keep dry on on the boat.
As I write this story, I can’t recall this happening with guests on board before, but it looks like everyone handled it with calm and there were no injuries beyond some wet shoes and pants.
From the pictures this appears to be the “Bomokandi Bertha” one of the boats with a lift built in to accommodate wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
Matthew Vince reported on his twitter account that the incident occurred around noon. “We went from floating to sunk in about a minute” Vince said. “Everyone was fine and we were rescued in about 20 minutes.”
The good news is the moat the Jungle Cruise boats float around in is not all that deep. It’s about 2.0-3.0 ft deep on average. That’s why it’s kept so murky, so guests can’t see how shallow it really is.
Guests were evacuated to nearby dry land, then transferred to a second boat, which, thankfully made it back to the docks without sinking.
Do these boats come with drains or plugs? Also we’re pretty sure this isn’t a promotion for the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Emily Blunt, but who knows! We do wonder if the Jungle Cruise Skipper kept telling jokes as the boat sank into the water. Is that part of the spiel or just something you wonder about when you’re at home thinking of possible jokes for all situations!
Update: It does look like a Jungle Cruise boat sank in 2004. It was returned to service a few days later.
Update 2: We reached out to Disney for comment and were told they immediately engaged the Reedy Creek Fire Department to respond to the event and everyone was evacuated from the boat safely.
A Disney spokesperson said they worked with guests individually so they could enjoy the rest of the day in the parks. In the past during similar incidents this means replacement clothing, a fastpass or two, and a few other amenities.
Considering there were no injuries, this seems fair to us. Just think of the story you have to tell when you get home.
The attraction reopened later in the afternoon and was greeting guests with the usual dry wit and sunny humor the Jungle Cruise is known for.
A big thanks to Matthew Vince for giving us permission to use his photos on The Disney Blog. We’re sure this is a vacation he will never forget.
What is the strangest thing to ever happen to you at a Disney theme park?