The Jungle Cruise ride at #Disneyland developed a reputation for racist depictions of Indigenous people as tourist attractions, attackers or cannibals — tribal caricatures crafted through a colonialist lens.

The updated ride changes that.… Image
The ride reopened Friday with updates that remove, in Disney’s words, “negative depictions of native people.”

No other attraction that has stood as long has been under the sort of evolutions that directly speak to the park’s past, its present & future.… Image
The long-overdue course correction for the #JungleCruise shifts the show to nature, the elements and the peril that awaits man when he tries to tame it — with puns aplenty.

Gone are racist scenes of a spear-waving war party.… Image
If we can agree that Disneyland is a living environment — a place born of one era but also striving to be accepting to all those that come after — then the Jungle Cruise ride may be key to understanding theme parks as works of developing art.… Image
These changes are part of a broader attempt by Disney and Imagineering to ensure Disneyland remains a vital part of the cultural conversation rather than a cultural artifact.

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