Radio Disney Cruise
The Radio Disney Cruise replaces the Discovery River Boats attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom (now
8/7/99 UPDATE: Readers report that the Radio Disney Cruise is now CLOSED and is not expected to re-open, due to unpopularity.
Radio Disney Cruise is currently circling the Animal Kingdom. What is it? First, a little history -- within a few months of the park's opening, Animal Kingdom had shut down the Discovery River Boats cruise attraction for re-theming. The near-universal consensus among park visitors was, "Bor-ring!" Well, the River Cruise is back, but not better than ever. It's still a simple cruise around Safari Village in large, covered river boats. Only now, instead of a lackluster narration by the boat's skipper, Radio Disney now "broadcasts" from atop the Tree of Life and blares loudly from the boats' speakers. DJs "Just Plain Mark" and Zippy deliver an upbeat patter with commerical overtones describing some of the sights seen along the way, interspersed with appropriate tunes from the Rock and Disney repertoires. Gone are the descriptions of the "dangers" of the river, probably because they could never measure-up to the Jungle Cruise over at the Magic Kingdom. Depending upon your feelings about the soundtrack, the ride may not seem quite as slow as it did before. But you still exit regretting that your boat didn't sink before you boarded it.
From Gene on 7/26/99