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Shrunken Ned’s Junior Jungle Cruise: Be a Jungle Cruise Skipper

One of the most coveted jobs for wanna-be Magic Kingdom cast members is being a skipper on the World Famous Jungle Cruise! Not all of us can move to Orlando and take a job at Walt Disney World, but there is a way you can be your own Skipper on the Jungle Cruise during your next vacation!

Located next to the exit of the Jungle Cruise is Shrunken Ned’s Junior Jungle Cruise. Shrunken Ned’s is a way for you to unleash your inner skipper by piloting your very own remote control Jungle Cruise boat.

You still have to provide your own jokes.

I’m your Jungle Cruise skipper today. You know the difference between a Captain and a Skipper, don’t you? The Captain goes down with the ship…

You have to use tokens and there is a machine nearby that will accept one and five dollar bills. Pop in the token and you’re off! You can move forward and backward as you take your tiny boat on your own three-week cruise.

Wave at all the people on the dock…. ’cause you may never see ’em again. Of course, you’ve never seen ’em before, so you aren’t gonna miss anything.

Tikis with gaping mouths and a river full of pointy spears block your way as you navigate the perils of the Junior Jungle Cruise.

We have other dangers like monsoons, rapids.. WATERFALLS! Everybody on this side, ya wanna lean in! (looking at other side of boat) You guys… jump out. Lean in! Lean in! C’mon… please…. Dive, dive…..

Watch out for the volcano and the secret elephant bathing area!

It’s ok to stare, by the way, they’ve got their trunks on…

The boats are even named like their full-size counterparts. I like this mini-attraction because it is a great way for the kids to have fun and feel like they are doing something exciting (and a little dangerous). It gives the parents a brief respite before the next attraction, too.

Hey look everybody! It’s Chief Nammie! He’s your head salesman here in the jungle. As you can see, business has been shrinking a little lately. He’s got a great deal goin’ on…two of his heads for one of yours. Any takers? Aw c’mon! No matter what the size, you come out ahead! You know the old saying…two heads are better than one!

This could lead us to more danger. This could lead to a dead end. Or, it might be like everything else, and lead us to another gift shop!

Have you ever done Shrunken Ned’s Junior Jungle Cruise?

Any other places you like to take a fun break for a little while?

Heard any good jokes lately?


  1. I’m surprised there isn’t a “ginger snaps” joke in here!

  2. Sadly… Shrunken Ned’s is no more.. sailed away to make room for stroller and ECV parking..

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