A classic ride at Disney World, the famous Jungle Cruise boat ride around the park, reportedly sank while guests were aboard on February 27. The news was first reported by BlogMickey.com, which confirmed that an incident happened on the Jungle Cruise around 12:30 p.m. local time in Orlando, Florida, which forced the ride to shut down until around 2 p.m.
Soon afterward, Twitter user Matthew Vince, who was on the reported riverboat ride that sunk, shared photos of the incident online. Thus far, there have been no reports of any passengers being injured. The ship, named Bomokandi Bertha, is one of 15 boats that navigate the rivers of the Jungle Cruise.
For those familiar with the popular ride, which debuted when Disney Land first opened in 1955, the Jungle Cruise “skipper” likes to joke by saying he or she will become their swimming instructor in case anything happens.
Vince shared on Twitter, “We made that same joke to the skipper!”
News 6 reported that the Reedy Creek Fire Department immediately responded to the attraction and got everyone to safety.
Photos Show The Jungle Boat Completely Filled With Water
For those thinking that maybe a thin layer of water filled the Jungle Cruise boat, Vince shared more photos online of what the riverboat looked like after they were able to disembark.
Vince seemed to take the entire deal in stride. He wrote on Twitter, “Our boat on the jungle cruise sank today. Fun times! #wdw”
Photos shared online showed there were numerous passengers on board the riverboat when it filled with water. Guests appeared to have stood up and held on to the boat’s rails to keep from getting wet.
The Disney Movie ‘Jungle Cruise’ Is Being Released In July 2020
Disney is releasing a movie based on the Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt on July 24. Today’s incident opened up a new realm of jokes on Twitter.
One person tweeted, “I’m hearing a Jungle Cruise Boat sank? Could you imagine that happening and The Rock not being there to save you? (All joking aside, glad everyone is ok!) #Disney #JungleCruise”
The Jungle Cruise Boat Is Featured At Nearly Every Single Disney Park
The Jungle Cruise is a riverboat attraction located in numerous Disney parks throughout the world. At Disney World, the ride is located in the Magic Kingdom. The only Disney parks that don’t have the Jungle Cruise are Disneyland Paris and Shanghai Disney.
While on the riverboat, guests experience a simulation of what it’s like to cruise down some of the world’s biggest rivers aboard a boat that replicates tramp steamers from the 1930s. Each riverboat tour is led by a Disney cast member who delivers guests information while floating by an “Indian Elephant Bathing Pool” and a “Rhinoceros Chasing Explorers Up a Pole.”
The Reaction To Disney’s Sinking Jungle Cruise Boat Went Viral On Twitter
After learning no passengers were injured or harmed during the event and that the ride has already re-opened to park guests, users online had a field day making fun of the situation.
One person tweeted that she wished she was on board, writing, “okay but if a jungle cruise boat would have sank while i was on it i woulda been PUMPED like my life would be complete.”
Another user joked on Twitter, “What’s worse: your Jungle Cruise boat sinking or the fact that you’re going down and the last things you hear are The Skipper’s terrible jokes.”