Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Jungle Cruise, February 1961

For many people, Sunday is a day of rest. For me, it's a day of sloth, which is way more fun than rest. It's also the day when I tend to share some of the least interesting scans in my latest "scanned slides" folder. Today's aren't too bad though.

Yes, it's that crazy Jungle Cruise, in which we manage to somehow putt down so many rivers of the world in mere minutes. Africa! Asia! India! Oxnard! As you can see, some natives are wearing colorful costumes and dancing in a circle to the sound of pounding drums. What a welcome! Usually when I show up somewhere, people just glare silently at me. Maybe because I owe them money. That tree trunk looks like something repurposed from the original Anaheim property. Hey, it works.

One of the more curious animals you might see in Asia is the wily water buffalo. It looks like a large mammal, but is in fact a fish, using its gills to extract oxygen from the water. At certain times of the year, large schools of these fish swim en masse to the ocean, where they lay their eggs in trees near the shore. When the eggs hatch, the babies drop to the ground and run to the water, where the cycle starts all over again.

Ain't nature wonderful?


K. Martinez said...

Awesome! We get a "People and Places" lesson and "True Life Adventure" all in one post. And I never knew about the life cycle of the buffalo fish until now. Thanks, Major.

TokyoMagic! said...

Major, that tree trunk in the first pic was actually one of the trees that was tagged to remain standing, but the driver of the bulldozer was colorblind, you see and......oh never mind. I think that story is one of those Disneyland myths anyway.

Nanook said...


Hmmmm, I'm somewhat in doubt regarding your biological explanation of the true family of the Water Buffalo - but who am I to argue - I can barely differentiate between a dog and cat-! (There's a traumatic story behind it all; but let's not go into it just now).

Thanks, Major.

Chuck said...

Wait - Nanook, you mean there's a difference?

Major Pepperidge said...

K. Martinez, in a way I feel that I am continuing Walt’s legacy of entertainment that also educates!

TokyoMagic!, that bulldozer driver’s heels got stuck in the soft asphalt. I SEEN IT WITH MY OWN EYES!

Nanook, it sounds like somebody needs to watch more nature shows on TV. Or just watch more TV in general for a happier, richer life.

Chuck, it sounds like it's time for a blind taste test.

Unknown said...

Hey that second shot has on of the now departed seat cushion racks. Where is the seat cushion? Why it's in use of course, padding those skinny people from the early sixties. These days people bring their own seat cushions...

Dean Finder said...

Nanook, Chuck - It's easy to remember. All dogs are boys and all cats are girls.

Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that some of the mature trees for the JC rivers were sourced out of the construction for some freeway. That sounds too good to be true.

I doubt that any real downed trees were used in the ride scenery, since they would eventually rot and require replacement with the better grade of concrete downed trees.

But, budget problems often make odd solutions look good, so I'm not ruling it out. After all, Ft. Wilderness was built with real logs, and Cascade Peak was framed in wood.

Everyone knows water buffalo grow on trees. Thanks Major.


walterworld said...

A day of sloth never looked so good!

She's a fine post, and the comments (as usual) add yet another layer of 'funny' (and educational of course!) :D

Thanks Major!