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The Jungle Navigation Company (also referred to as the Jungle Cruise Trading Company or Jungle Cruise Navigational Company) is the fictitious company behind the Jungle Cruise.

Description[]

Company Establishments[]

  • The Amazon River: The main base represented by Walt Disney World and its boathouse. It is this establishment which is home to the tribes of JNC allies Chief Nah-Mee and Trader Sam. This base is situated nearby the water-feature of Inspiration Falls which inspired explorers to delve further into the jungle while being home to strange fauna such as: giant butterflies, clouds of carnivorous bacteria, ravenous piranhas, giant water buffalo, and giant snakes.
  • Cambodia; Mekong River: The JNC often passed through the Mekong river in Cambodia. This base holds the ruins of a flooded Cambodian temple (nicknamed as "Shirley's Temple" by skippers)
  • The Lost Delta, India; Mekong River: The main base represented by Disneyland and its boathouse built from Colonel Blumbert's estate. This was found in the same region of the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. Due to this, the Mekong base and its respected outpost were frequented by archaeologists such as Indiana Jones.
  • The Congo River: The Congo River base was located on the Congo River in Central Africa. It was found neighbouring a camp of "pygmy" natives and the JNC base camp itself was prone to being raided by gorillas.
  • The Nile River: The Nile River territory of the company was located along the Nile in Northern Africa. It was adjacent to an African veldt, a hostile neighbouring tribe, and passed through a hippo pool and a region which they nicknamed "Crocodile country". Of course all of this hails in comparison to Schweitzer Falls, and which more impressively holds the colossal and stupendous, back-side of water.
  • Polynesia: There is a cruise which passes through Polynesia, nearby the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Tropical Hideaway restaurant that has a history of catering to the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
  • Irrawaddy River: Advertised in JNC promotional material.
  • Zambezi River: Advertised in JNC promotional material.
  • Zanzibar: Apparently holds a base with agents as advertised in JNC promotional material.
  • Calcutta: Apparently holds a base with agents as advertised in JNC promotional material.

History[]

The Jungle Navigational Company was originally founded April 8th, 1911 by Society of Explorers and Adventurers member Dr. Albert Falls. The JNC was originally a company for tropical and exotic shippings as-well as a logistics service, with members of the families DeNyle, Lyons, Temple and Cruz helping to build the company. At some point they would also be affiliated with the 19th century operation of the Jungle Expedition Skipper Training School which trained skippers that were hired by the JNC.

In 1930, the JNC purchased a boat-house in the Lost Delta of India along the Mekong River for their Mekong River base. The house was formerly operated by one Colonel Blumbert who used the house to serve as a rest stop for missionaries, explorers, scientists and travelers. However, Blumbert would contract malaria in 1928, and with no interest in maintaining the outpost from his superiors, would put it up for sale.

After passing away, Albert's granddaughter Alberta Falls would take over the family business. However, the Great Depression's impact on river travel and the decline of the shipping business would prompt a switch to tourism at the suggestion of one of the skippers. The inaugural Jungle Cruise would take place on October 1, 1931 and the company would find renewed success. On February 17, 1934, their luck began to turn after taking a Hollywood film director on a trip down the river to shoot nature footage and by 1935, they had switched to tourism as their primary business after Indiana Jones discovered the Temple of the Forbidden Eye directly nearby their Mekong River base. This of-course did lead to several tourists going missing in the temple and eventually Dr. Jones himself when he went searching for them.

Ever since the company's boom in success Alberta was recognized as a great businesswoman, even receiving an award for it in 1937 from the Adventureland Chamber of Commerce.[1] In 1938, Alberta Falls would transform the mess-hall and company head-quarters of the company Amazon river base into the, "Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen", a restaurant designed to increase the company's income. Around the 1940s, the Jungle Navigation Company assisted their business affiliate Trader Sam in his opening of an Enchanted Tiki Bar in the Pacific islands with another establishment being opened later in the 1950s-1960s.

Development History[]

The first reference to a Jungle Navigation Company could be found as a poster at the Magic Kingdom's boathouse, though it originally gave an 1852 establishment date.

The story of the company was primarily developed in the 1990s as part of renovations to the American versions of the attraction that brought in a 1938 period setting and a connection to the Indiana Jones Adventure that was being built at Disneyland. This also saw the change of the establishment date to 1911. The JNC storyline would be further revised down the road with the Skipper Canteen restaurant at the Magic Kingdom.

Members[]

Image Character Description Appearances
Albert Falls Portrait.jpg
Dr. Albert Falls An explorer and adventurer who founded the company in the 1910s. Jungle Cruise


Skipper Canteen


Tropical Hideaway


Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

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Alberta Falls Albert Falls' granddaughter who ran the company in the 1930s at its peak. Skipper Canteen
Albert Awol The radio announcer for the JNC (at least in its Amazon operations) and unofficial, "Voice of the Jungle". Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
E. L. O'Fevre An employee of unknown position who at least once received status as employee of the month.[2] Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Nigel Greenwater A Mekong base operative who first invested in JNC radio-dispatch and went on to run the Global Broadcasting Service on his radio airwaves. Jungle Cruise (Disneyland)
Nigel R. Prescott III The Jungle Navigation Company's botanist.[3] Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
J.T. Sharp A general travel and passenger agent who lived in Thames, London.[4] Jungle Cruise (Disneyland)
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Trader Sam Trader Sam is a seemingly immortal South American man who was acquainted with Dr. Albert Falls and friends with Alberta. In the mid 1930s, he and the Jungle Navigation Company opened up, "Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar" in the Polynesian isles. Circa 1938, Alberta put him in-charge of the JNC's lost & found only for him to turn it into, "Trader Sam's Gift Shop". Later in the 1950s, Sam and the JNC opened a sister-location to the Tiki Bar known as, "Trader Sam's Grog Grotto". Jungle Cruise


Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar


Trader Sam's Grog Grotto


Adventure Trading Company


Magic of Disney Animation

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Skip Documentary A skipper-turned-manager who throughout the 1940s-1960s assisted Trader Sam in the operations of his Polynesian bars. Adventure Trading Company


Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar


Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Victoria Marie Falls Victoria Marie Falls was an intrepid adventurer and wife of Dr. Albert Falls. She frequently ran the Jungle Navigation Company during times of her husband's absence. Skipper Canteen

Skippers[]

Image Character Description Appearances
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Cap'n Kevin A presumed captain for the JNC who lived in a hut in the jungle and worked along the Nile River.[5] He is implied to have been a boyfriend of Trader Sam's. Jungle Cruise (formerly)


Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

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Felix Pechman XIII A skipper from Silver Springs, Florida known for his perpetual bad luck that resulted in his first VIP tour of the river to run into all sorts of misfortune.[6] Jungle Cruise
Jay Friesner A skipper from the dock-crew of the Amazon River Base who was named Skipper of the year in 1938.
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Jonas Brisbane Jonas Brisbane was a skipper for the Jungle Navigation Company, with ambitions to join the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. His uncle, Ebeneezer Brisbane, was obsessed with journeying and went on dangerous expeditions in the Amazon Rain forest, which he made records of in a journal. After he disappeared, Jonas used his journal in hopes of tracing his steps and finding him.[7] Horrors of the Amazon
Richard Reyes A skipper from the Amazon River Base who was deemed Skipper of the Year in 1938.[8]
Skipper Alex A recipricantt of the, "The Dr. Albert Falls memorial award for Jungle Excellence".[9] Skipper Canteen
Skipper Alice Jingle Cruise
Skipper Amy A recipricantt of the, "The Dr. Albert Falls memorial award for Jungle Excellence". Skipper Canteen
Skipper Beth [10] Jingle Cruise
Skipper Bill Studied plants in the JNC headquarters. Skipper Canteen
Skipper Brian A recipricantt of the, "The Dr. Albert Falls memorial award for Jungle Excellence". Skipper Canteen
Skipper Carlos Jingle Cruise
Skipper Claire A recipricantt of the, "The Dr. Albert Falls memorial award for Jungle Excellence". Skipper Canteen
Skipper Harper A cartographer at JNC headquarters. It is possible that he was pseudonymous with one Prof. Harper Goff, a banjo player and tattoo-artist who was affiliated with the company. Skipper Canteen
Skipper Jennifer [11] Jingle Cruise
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Skipper John Skipper John was a skipper for the JNC and acquaintance to Trader Sam. He was a supposed eccentric who frequently talked about living toys, talking ants and strange automobiles.[12] Jungle Cruise


Magic of Disney Animation


Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

Skipper Marc A high ranking skipper who also studied animal biology in company headquarters. Skipper Canteen
Skipper Nick Jingle Cruise
Skipper Pam A recipricantt of the, "The Dr. Albert Falls memorial award for Jungle Excellence". Skipper Canteen
Skipper Shawn A recipricantt of the, "The Dr. Albert Falls memorial award for Jungle Excellence". Skipper Canteen
Skipper Steve A recipricantt of the, "The Dr. Albert Falls memorial award for Jungle Excellence". Skipper Canteen
Skipper Dan A skipper who left their canteen hanging around the Mekong base's dock.

(Reference to Weird Al Yankovic's song of the same name, added in 2021.)

Jungle Cruise

In other media[]

Image Character Description Appearances
Jack McGraw The captain of the Nile Princess Tales from Adventureland
Yaw Ripcord A pilot Tales from Adventureland

Property[]

Bases[]

Image Name Description Appearances
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Amazon River Base Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
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Congo Base Camp Jungle Cruise
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Falls Estate Skipper Canteen


Jungle Cruise Adventure Game

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Mekong Boathouse Jungle Cruise (Disneyland)

Boats[]

Image Name Description Appearances
Amazon Annie Renamed to the Eggnog Annie during the Jingle Cruise.
Amazon Belle Jungle Cruise


Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Bomokandi Bertha Renamed to the Brrrrr Bertha during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Congo Connie Renamed to the Candy Cane Connie during the Jingle Cruise.
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Congo Queen Jungle Cruise


Skipper Canteen


Disney Parks Presents: The Jungle Cruise


Jungle Cruise Adventure Game

Ganges Gal
Ganges Gertie Renamed to the Garland Gertie during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Hondo Hattie
Irrawaddy Irma Renamed to the Icicle Irma during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Irrawaddy Woman
Kissimmee Kate
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Kwango Kate
Lijiang Lady
Magdalena Maiden Adventure Trading Company


Jungle Cruise


Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

Mekong Maiden Adventure Trading Company


Jungle Cruise

Mongala Millie Renamed to the Mistletoe Millie during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Nile Nellie Renamed to the Noel Nellie during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Nile Princess Jungle Cruise (Disneyland)
Orinoco Adventuress
Orinoco Ida Renamed to the Orino-cocoa Ida during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Rutshuru Ruby Renamed to the Reindeer Ruby during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Sankuru Sadie Renamed to the Sleigh Ride Sadie during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Senegal Sal Renamed to the Poinsettia Sal during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Ucayali Una
Ucyali Lolly Renamed to the Yule Log Lolly during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Volta Val Renamed to the Vixen Val during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Wamba Wanda Renamed the Wassail Wanda during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)
Yangtze Lotus
Yangzi Ying Ying Jungle Cruise (Hong Kong Disneyland)
Zambezi Miss
Zambesi Zelda Renamed the Fruitcake Zelda during the Jingle Cruise. Jungle Cruise (Magic Kingdom)

Appearances and allusions[]

Adventure Trading Company[]

The Adventure Trading Company employed the services of the Jungle Navigation Company only for the Jungle Navigation Company to have lost a shipment of their juju.

Jungle Cruise[]

Jungle Cruise Adventure Game[]

In this game, players take on the role of skippers for the Jungle Navigation Company who must transport cargo from the company's boathouse to their headquarters. They also transport passengers belonging to the families Lyons, Cruz, Temple and DeNyle which assisted Dr. Albert Falls in the establishment of the JNC. During a vacation of company president Alberta Falls, one of these families has been named temporary caretakers of the Jungle Navigation Company and must be transported to company HQ.

Skipper Survival Guide[]

Magic of Disney Animation[]

The Jungle Navigation Company are listed on a poster for a film called The Jungle Cruise starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse as being producers.

Skipper Canteen[]

The Skipper Canteen is themed to being the old headquarters for the Jungle Navigation Company and mansion home for the Falls family. In 1938, it was transformed into the Skipper Canteen restaurant by Alberta Falls.

Trader Sam's[]

Several letters and other mailings addressed to Trader Sam and delivered by the Jungle Navigation Company are visible in these bars. In their fictional backstory, the JNC assisted Sam in opening up the Enchanted Tiki Bar through the manager Skip.

Tropical Hideaway[]

The Skipper Canteen is themed to being a Polynesian outpost for the JNC.

Connections[]

Adventurers Club[]

At the Magic Kingdom's Fastpass kiosks, trunks and crates are being shipped to Adventurers Club members Pamelia Perkins and Emil Bleehall.[13]

Indiana Jones[]

The Jungle Navigation Company was involved in assisting Indiana Jones in his excavation of the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. They are also identified with bringing in many of the tourists within the attraction's narrative.

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room[]

The Tropical Hideaway restaurant is set in-between a dock for the JNC and the Enchanted Tiki Room. The character of Rosita is waiting along the docks for a JNC boat to transport her with Rosita being a bird from the Tiki Room.

Trivia[]

  • Up until the Jungle Cruise's 1990s refurbishment, the (typically red and white) striped canopies of the Jungle Cruise boats were replaced by more realistic looking canvas canopies. The fictitious history of the Jungle Navigation Company frequently references these old canopies from their boats:
    • Chief Nah-mee has a skirt made from the fabric of one of these old canopies.
    • Dr. Albert Falls, Cap'n Kevin, Charlie Allnut and Skipper John are all depicted as having had boats with these canopies.
  • The JNC is seemingly sometimes erroneously referred to as the, "Jungle Cruise Trading Company".[14]

References[]

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