Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats
(Spring 1997 - present)
History and photos of the Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats pay-for attraction in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom.
When crossing the bridge into Adventureland and walking past the Swiss Family Treehouse and towards the Jungle Cruise, you may have noticed that there's a fairly large river hidden behind the trees and foliage.
In the older days of the Magic Kingdom, this waterway was actually part of an attraction. From 1973 to 1983, the Plaza Swan Boats carried passengers for a boat ride around the Magic Kingdom. The ride began at the station by Tomorrowland, and the boats went around the central hub, cruised past the Crystal Palace, entered Adventureland, and circled around the Swiss Family Treehouse. The swan boats then headed back towards the hub, turned left, passed by Liberty Square, and then traveled underneath the bridge for Cinderella Castle. The swan boats didn't make it all the way down to the Jungle Cruise, but the waterway did reach that far. The river in Jungle Cruise is connected with the water that circles the hub.
In the spring of 1997, part of that waterway between the Jungle Cruise and Swiss Family Treehouse was converted into a small pay-for attraction called Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats. For a small fee you could use a remote control to pilot your own miniature Jungle Cruise boat past a variety of fun obstacles. The obstacles had motion sensors and would react whenever triggered by a boat. It wasn't much, but the theming was great and the area itself really complimented the fun and wackiness next door on the Jungle Cruise. Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats looked pretty cool at night, too.
After 2005, Disney stopped listing the pay-for attractions (Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats, Frontierland Shootin' Arcade, and Tomorrowland Arcade) on the guidemaps. These attractions were still operational in the park, but for marketing purposes they were no longer referred to as attractions. As far as the Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats, the park guests really had no interest and that pay-for attraction slowly deteriorated.
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