Walt initially wanted real animals for the Jungle Cruise.
Can you imagine?
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Where he’s from there are three kinds of people. Those that can count, and those that can’t.
Writing this while waiting to board the World Famous Jungle Cruise.
January 25, 1982 was his first day working for The Walt Disney World Resort.
He was hired as an ‘Attractions Host’.
He didn’t know what that meant until he arrived in Florida (from Pennsylvania) and attended the company orientation program – Disney Traditions.
Later that day he was told his training would begin the very next day as a Jungle Cruise Skipper in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
They told him him to introduce himself to the Guests as ‘Jungle Jeff’.
So he did.
And yes, it did all start with a Mouse.
It was, and still is, a sad day for many people, December 15, 1966.
For it was on this day in history that Walt Disney died.
Being born in 1959, I was old enough to remember watching Walt Disney on Sunday nights, as he came into the living rooms of Americans across the country.
He made such an impression on me that I eventually found my way to Disneyland as a 12-year old Guest.
And years later, while attending a Pennsylvania College, I spent a winter semester (1982) as a Magic Kingdon Adventureland Jungle Cruise skipper, jungle jeff.
There’s more, much more, about this Disney story, but it’s a tale for another time.
Have a Magical Day everyone. Signing off from Orlando, Florida and living right next to the Walt Disney World Resort, jungle jeff 🙂
PS. We miss you Walt.
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