How Long Would The Jungle Cruise Really Take?

How Long Would The Jungle Cruise Really Take?

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The Jungle Cruise in Disneyland and Walt Disney
World is a classic when it comes to theme park attractions. Introduced in 1955, the ride takes guests
on a tour through various famous rivers from around the world. As is typical through the magic of imagineering,
Disney is able to whisk you around the globe in just a couple of minutes. But what I want to know is: How long would
the Jungle Cruise really take? To jump right to the point, taking that Jungle
Cruise boat on a real life tour of the rivers from the attraction would take thirty-five
and a half weeks… or twenty-eight and a half weeks… or around two years… or two
and a half years. You see, the answer changes depending on how you measure it, and interestingly enough, the answer changes depending on which Jungle Cruise we’re talking about. While both versions of the attraction feature
segments dedicated to the Congo River, the Nile River, and the Mekong River, the 4th
river is different depending on the park. Disneyland takes guests through the Irrawaddy
River of Myanmar, and the Disney World version brings guests to the Amazon river. Now some online sources put the average speed
of the Jungle Cruise boats at around two to two-and-a-half miles per hour. To find my own number I used the average duration
of a Jungle Cruise adventure, about 9 minutes and 45 seconds, and the approximate length
of the Jungle Cruise journey, around 2000 feet, to get an approximate average speed
of 2.3 miles per hour or 3.7 kilometers per hour. Looking at the Disneyland version first, we’ve
got the Irrawaddy River at 1,350 miles long, the Mekong River at 2,700 miles, the Congo
River at 2,900 miles long, and last but definitely not least the Nile River at a whopping 4,100
miles long. That’s a total of just over 11,000
miles or 17,783 kilometers. At a steady non-stop 2.3 miles per hour that
journey would take 4,804 hours, or 200 days or twenty-eight and a half weeks. For the Disney World version you just have
to swap out the Irrawaddy for the Amazon river, which is around 4,000 miles long. That brings the total to 13,700 miles or 22,000
kilometers. At the same speeds that would take just shy
of 6000 hours, or 248 days, or about 35 and a half weeks. Now, this all assumes that the boat can run
24/7 without stopping to refuel or eat or rest. If we change that from non-stop sailing to
14-hour long days, then suddenly that Disneyland trip goes from 200 days to 343 days and the
Disney World trip jumps from 248 days to 425 days. This also assumes that like the Jungle Cruise attraction at the Disney parks, all four rivers are magically stitched together into one. But what if we assume the rivers aren’t connected and
we have to also travel from river to river? For the Disneyland path, traveling from the
Mekong to the Irrawaddy, the Irrawaddy to the Nile, and then the Nile to the Congo would
require about 13,800 additional miles, or 22.2 thousand kilometers, of non stop travel. On that little Jungle Cruise boat that would
amount to an extra 250 days. As for the Disney World rivers, the extra
travel would amount to about 17,500 extra miles or 28.1 thousand kilometers. It’s significantly longer since getting
to the Amazon river would require crossing the Atlantic. That’s an additional 317 days of non-stop
travel. Of course, if we look at the cruise this way,
we also have to consider that after traversing a river we would have to turn right around
and head all the way out to move onto the next river. So aside from the starting river and ending
river, we would have to travel the length of each river twice. So in total, for the Disneyland rivers, traveling
the length of the Congo and Mekong once, the lengths of the Nile and Irrawaddy twice, and
then traveling between each of the rivers, working 14 hour days, and then boating non-stop
between the rivers, you’d be looking at a Jungle Cruise of 763 days, or just a little
over two years. Imagine being on a full Jungle Cruise boat for that long. I can already smell it. For Disney World that trip would come out
to 959 days or over two and a half years. Now the real question is, would the skipper
have two and a half years worth of jokes?

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71 Comments

  1. I'm not a Disney nerd. I'm not into it at all, even though I am into rollercoasters which kind of relates to their theme parks. But there's something about your videos I can't stop watching. It's just so interesting to see how much there is to Disney, like how they have their own governmental district, how Epcot was supposed to be a city of the future, etc. I really enjoy watching your videos, keep up the good work!

  2. So awesome! At the Same time, I’m Glad we have a shorted version where we don’t have to spend days and weeks and months on a boat! Haha love it!

  3. Hey Rob, Love the vids!  I would love to see more videos about smaller projects that Disney had that never came to fruition. Not rides or sections of the parks but things like the airport on property or the original EPCOT city center.

  4. Ha!Ha! That's funny as hell! Love your crazy Disney theme park scenarios brought to real life! Two years! "The Horror… The Horror…"

  5. Rob, now add in the time it’s taking Disney to make and release the Jungle Cruise movie to that timeframe! Haha 🤣

  6. The cruise may be longer on the WDW version, but the WDW version is cheaper, because on the Amazon, shipping is free! 🙂

  7. I loves me some Jungle Cruise, but I'm pretty sure I'd jump in with the hippos, wiggle me ears and takes me chances before listening to dad jokes for 2.5 years.

  8. The ride is a lot shorter than what it would actually take because of the power of the backside of water

  9. Luckily for us those rivers have unnavigabile portions in a vessel that size. Then add the fact that vessel would not be ok for open seas, all assuming it was a real boat.

  10. I remember when the elephants actually used to squirt you. Good times! This ride is really fun at night!! Thank you Rob! 👍

  11. So glad the Kay brothers recommended your channel. Very interesting take on Disney. Admire your research skills😁

  12. One thing's for sure, this boat trip would go on for Niles, and Niles, and Niles… and if you don't believe me, you're in……disbelief

  13. Rob, thanks for the awesome videos! I still send the sentry chicken/mosquito one out to people when I want them to know a real "fun" fact about Disney. Your channel is the only one that I am actually subscribed to on YouTube. Keep up the amazing work!

  14. The answer to that last question, of course, is: "The Skipper would have 10 minutes' worth of jokes… that would feel like 2.5 years." 😃

    Bad jokes aside, I do want to know, Rob: what do you do "in real life"? Is it math-related?

    Anyway, thanks for the interesting videos, and keep 'em coming! 😃

  15. Am I dreaming or do they say on the Jungle Cruise how long you are supposed to be on your journey? Am I thinking of Kilimanjaro Safaris?

  16. Hey Rob, do you make your own thumbnails? Really beautiful artwork. I've always like them, but they're especially good lately.

  17. One important detail you left out: clearly every Skipper would divert the route at every chance they get to show the backside of water. Who knows how much travel time that would soak up!

  18. Just wanted to say, one of my favorite things about your videos is the ambient Disney B-roll footage at the end. I think it’s a very nice touch. ❤️

  19. But he didn’t calculate in the fact you start in California or Florida respectively so you would have to add the journey back and forth from those between the first and last rivers

  20. My European brain wanted to do the Speed = Distance ÷ Time but then instead of metres he said feet & I was heartbroken 😭

  21. Soooo many puns! I keep thumbing them down but with each one, I have to remind myself that jungle cruises and puns are kind of a thing, and force myself to undo the thumbs down. …and then I repeat with the next comment. I wonder what the movie will be like.

  22. Thank goodness the skippers have the ability to put their boats on… cruise control. Makes long journeys much more tolerable. Otherwise, they’d be dead tired.

  23. Nobody:
    Rob Plays: How many diapers are changed in a year at the Magic Kingdom? Where do they put the diapers? Who are these babies?

    Man your channel is the best, Rob. You answer the question a year before it creeps into my brain.

  24. In Disneyland, don’t you start in India? Because right at the start they mention the temple of the forbidden eye which is in india

  25. If a boat traveling on the WDW cruise was traveling at 3.4 km/h and a Disneyland boat was traveling at 3km/h and they both started at "their unique to them" rivers (eg, WDW started on the Amazon), which river and and where in that river would they meet?

  26. This is awesome! You should do a video about what languages visitors and cast members speak at Disney World.

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