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Accessible Attractions | The Jungle Cruise

May 15, 2015

Accessible Disney Attractions | Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise has always been one of my favorite attractions. One of the reasons why is because I can stay in my wheelchair to experience it and not have to worry about transferring into the ride vehicle.

Jungle Cruise - Magic Kingdom
The Jungle Cruise is one of the few attractions at the Magic Kingdom that has an alternate entrance for wheelchairs. The wheelchair queue is to the left of the standby and FastPass+ entrances, there is a small sign above the entrance.

When you get to the queue there will be a Cast Member there with a clip board. They will issue you a return time based on the attractions current wait time. They will give you a pass that works like the old paper FastPasses. If the wait is 10 minutes or less they will let you into the queue immediately.

Jungle Cruise - Magic Kingdom

If you are able to transfer there is an area near the exit that you can leave your wheelchair. If you would like to remain in your wheelchair you are taken to a separate loading area. Wait times will vary depending on how busy the attraction is, if you have to wait on the accessible ride vehicle, and how many people are waiting for that one boat. If there is another guest in front of you waiting on the accessible ride vehicle, it takes around 10 minutes for them to go through the attraction.

Jungle Cruise - Magic Kingdom

The accessible boat is equipped with a lift. It turns and has a ramp so you can just roll right on.

Jungle Cruise - Magic Kingdom

Once you are in, the Cast Members will place a bumper behind your tires and then they will spin the lift so you are facing forward and then lower it back into the boat. The process is pretty simple and the ride is smooth so you don’t have to worry about your chair moving around.

Jungle Cruise - Magic Kingdom

Once the ride is over they will raise the lift and lower the ramp. If you need help they will turn it so your back is to the dock. If you would like to roll off yourself they will turn the lift so you are facing the dock.

Jungle Cruise - Magic Kingdom

The Cast Members have always been great at this attraction and the accessibility makes it one of the easier attractions to board if you are a wheelchair user. It’s one of the attractions that we never skip.

Jungle Cruise - Magic Kingdom

Jungle Cruise at Disneyland

Disneyland Jungle Cruise

The accessibility of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland is very similar to Walt Disney World. In Disneyland, wheelchair users enter through the exit. There is a sign posted but you can ask a Cast Member to point you in the right direction. There is a spot for you to wait for the accessible boat to cycle through if it’s not there when you arrive. (Also, I was at Disneyland before the new DAS system so you may get a return time now.)

Disneyland Jungle Cruise

There is also a boat available that will allow you to stay in your wheelchair to experience the attraction. It is identical to the Walt Disney World version so it was really easy for me to get on and off of the boat.