Alberta Falls was born in 1911, the daughter of English historian Albert Falls, Jr. and Indian artist Sneh Falls. When she was a young girl, her parents travelled the world with her and took her to places such as New York, Cairo and London. When she was eight she went to spend time in the mansion of her paternal grandparents Dr. Albert Falls and adventuress Victoria Falls while her father was busy traveling on the lecture circuit and he recognized an adventurous spirit in her that would be better allowed to grow in the jungle.
With Albert Falls often going on adventures of his own, she was generally raised by the skippers of the Jungle Navigation Company and she considered them a second family. When she was young, her grandfather took her to Mystic Point and she would seemingly return later in life. Her grandfather also took her to New Zealand where she took in a kakapo as a pet, naming the creature Kamaka. When she was 16, Alberta travelled the Ganges river of India within a boat known as the Molopo Marie which she drove on her own.
In 1927 after whole life in the jungle, she inherited the Jungle Navigation Company from her grandfather when he mysteriously disappeared. However she inherited the company during the Great Depression meaning that business was downturning. As the new owner of the Jungle Navigation Company, Alberta would also come to work as the company's manager, bookkeeper and head-mechanic.
Seeking a solution to turn things around, she turned to the skippers for ideas and they suggested switching their business model from moving cargo to moving tourists. The first of these Jungle Cruises would be held on October 1, 1931 and these became very successful. The Adventureland Chamber of Commerce would name Alberta the Businesswoman of the Year in 1937 for her success with the Jungle Navigation Company.
In 1938, a 27 year-old Alberta would open up the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, headquarters and Falls family home, to offer food for travellers. Also in 1938, Alberta arranged for a V.I.P. riverboat tour aboard the Kwango Kate under skipper Felix Pechman XIII. This tour included the likes of her close personal friend, painter Rosa Soto Dominguez, her cousin Siobhan "Puffy" Murphy, Canadian botanist Dr. Leonard Moss, and entomologist Dr. Kon Chunosuke of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers whom Alberta met along the river upon recognizing the S.E.A. logo of his equipment.
Due to the perpetual bad luck of skipper Felix, the boat was wrecked somewhere in North Africa. As a result, the stranded guests became stranded in the African veldt where they were chased up a tree by a rhino. Alberta's own further fate is unknown.
At some point in time she would take a vacation from the company and leave one of the four founding families of the JNC as caretakers to the company.
Appearances and allusions
A surreal portrait of Alberta hangs in the restaurant at the Magic Kingdom, next to a portrait of her grandfather.
A message from her is printed on the menus:
Welcome to the Jungle Skipper Canteen!
My name is Alberta and I'll be your owner, manager, bookkeeper, interior decorator, and sous chef for the next 3 courses (or as far as you get). My grandfather, Dr. Albert Falls, established the Jungle Navigation Company in 1911. His goal was to improve the way in which cargo moved up and down the jungle rivers for his fellow explorers and adventurers. When I was eight years old my parents sent me here to live in the jungle with my grandfather and the jungle boat skippers. I call the jungle my home and the crew members are my family.
That's why I turned to them when business began to decline soon after I inherited the company. Fewer and fewer full-fledged expeditions were seen in the jungle and Adventureland became more of a destination for greenhorn globetrotters. Simply put, our cargo shipping business was dry docked. Then one of the skippers came to me with an idea. He suggested we use our vessels to offer guided tours to the visitors.
The rest is history! We have been offering Jungle Cruises for several years now and business has never been better. We've been so successful that I decided to open up our home offices to hungry travelers. The crew's mess hall, our old family room, and even my grandfather's old secret meeting room are now open to our diners!
We enjoy having you and we hope you enjoy being had. Please relax and enjoy your meal, then get out
P.S. I'm sorry that was rude... Please get out.
In other media
Released in June 2020, the story of the board game, explained in a letter accompanying the game's instructions, revolves around Alberta Falls looking to put one of four families in charge of looking after the Jungle Navigation Company while she takes a much needed vacation. These families, consisting of DeNyle, Cruz, Temple and Lyons all helped Dr. Albert Falls establish the company, with clues that players collect suggesting which family is being rewarded with the task.
It's a Small World
In her Daily Gnus interview, Alberta used the expression, "It's a Small World".