Jungle Cruise Lost and Found Trader Sam Gift Shop

BREAKING: “Trader Sam’s Gift Shop” to Replace Removed Animatronic, A New Finale for The Jungle Cruise

Though the Trader Sam animatronic has been removed from the world-famous Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom, his name will live on in a new finale scene announced by Disney.

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Concept art for the scene reveals the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Lost & Found kiosk, on the former site of Trader Sam’s platform. Alberta Falls, the company’s proprietor, has left Trader Sam in charge of the lost and found, and he has taken the opportunity to rebrand it as “Trader Sam’s Gift Shop.” Unfortunately, animals have overrun the shop while Sam is out collecting more inventory.

It seems Trader Sam himself won’t be returning to the attraction, but we’re glad his name will remain.

Refurbishment of the Jungle Cruise to remove offensive material and update the story is ongoing while the ride continues to operate at Walt Disney World. The iconic rhino pole was removed earlier this month to receive a new cast of diverse characters. The Disneyland version of the ride will not be reopening with the rest of the park, so there’s no telling how many updates it will have received by the time we ride it again.

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Kyle
Kyle
4 months ago

Huh. That looks pretty nice! Looks like the scene will be nice and detailed, and making Trader Sam an unseen character is a simple way to keep him in the attraction. It’s still always a little sad to see changes to classic attractions, but this continues to look quite promising.

Mark Heyer
Mark Heyer
4 months ago
Reply to  Kyle

Ridiculous.

Hark Meyer
Hark Meyer
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Heyer

It is ridiculous that grown men cry over updates to theme park rides.

Tom Corless
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Hark Meyer

I don’t understand why we reduce this art form to “theme park rides”. This company has spent 65 years telling us about the artists and craftsman who make these amazing things, and then the second we disagree with someone, we degrade the content back down to “it’s just a theme park ride”. We can’t have it both ways. It’s fine to have a differing opinion, but the “it’s just a theme park ride” argument is just as childish and ill-informed as what it is in opposition of. We all need to be able to have reasonable discussions about these changes… Read more »

Mike G
Mike G
4 months ago
Reply to  Hark Meyer

What’s ridiculous is why people foolishly think they should be changed. They are just fine the way they are and have been for years.

Bob
Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike G

If not for the company of artists and craftsmen that entertained us for 65 years, we wouldn’t have had the original versions of these rides to enjoy in the first place. The reason we had a Trader Sam character to begin with is because a private entertainment enterprise chose to include him, not because the public demanded it. Had Trader Sam never been created, guests wouldn’t have known what they were missing. Now that same private company is deciding not to retain something that was its choice to include in the first place. Whether or not you think it’s just… Read more »

Aaron
Aaron
4 months ago

I love that disney is still honoring the history of the attraction while still making sure everyone feels comfortable riding it!

Mike G
Mike G
4 months ago
Reply to  Aaron

I wouldn’t feel comfortable riding it after this

Michael
Michael
4 months ago

Did you see the small sign on the right of the stand that says ”Cruise Photo Here?” Does that mean this will become an attraction photo ride?

Chris
Chris
4 months ago
Reply to  Michael

I see you’ve met Moe-Money. 😁

abdul
abdul
4 months ago

the on ride photo will be a fail, the folks on the left side of the boat will have to painfully turn their necks to get in the shot, (which only the fans will know that theirs a ride photo op here), regular visitors wont even turn their heads for a photo

Sasha H
Sasha H
4 months ago
Reply to  abdul

They will likely havr the skipper instruct everyone to look toward the camera…

If they decide to get rid of the canopies on the boats, they might be able to get a clear shot from the front. Idk how the WDW ride is set up, but at DL there are places they could position a camera to get a frontal view of the entire boat.

Christopher M
Christopher M
4 months ago
Reply to  Sasha H

I really hope the Florida boats retain the canopy. The Florida heat and rain make it effectively mandatory. Removing the canopy in California might work, but would look out of place / out of theme.

I was hoping the camera inclusion was just part of the gag, with the new Jungle Cruise scene being a parody of “every Disney ride ends with a gift shop and photo opportunity.” In fact, I have heard WDW skippers joke about such things when entering the Cambodian Shrine / Shirr-Lee Temple. So, maybe/hopefully no real gift shop and no real photo op.

Sharon Renz
Sharon Renz
4 months ago

Stop getting rid of the things we loved and was the fun and part of Disney magic and History…if you see any thing racist you need to check your heart. We are ALL GOD’S CHILDREN .

Sasha H
Sasha H
4 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Renz

I think you mean “if you SAY anything racist, check your heart”. Disney did just that, which is why they removed a racist depiction of an indigenous South American person. Honestly, if you have a complaint about Trader Sam becoming a legitimate business man – rather than the racist caricature he once was – I think that says a lot about how you view Native South Americans… legitimizing Trader Sam is the best thing Disney could have done for the character, for the ride and for representation.

thedisneykid
thedisneykid
4 months ago
Reply to  Sasha H

I’m not really against any of this but at the same time we need to look a the time lines I guess. I’m just saying it so don’t come at me. I am however excited about the SEA characters coming to the ride. I think that’ll just add to some great Disney story telling

Bad Kitty No Milk Tonight
Bad Kitty No Milk Tonight
4 months ago

Are they going to make the boats bigger so the fatties don’t sink them?

Mortin
Mortin
4 months ago

This has to be one of the rudest comments that I have ever seen on this site. Not sure why an admin accepted this rude comment to be viewed.

TraderSam
TraderSam
4 months ago

This is so dumb. Disney removed Trader Sam but adding a gift shop to make money. Woke Disney all about money.

DONALD Ernst
DONALD Ernst
4 months ago
Reply to  TraderSam

It’s not a real gift shop

peacefullm
peacefullm
4 months ago
Reply to  TraderSam

The article states it is a scene on the ride, not an actual giftshop.

Jonny
Jonny
4 months ago

I just can’t imagine being such a thin skinned softie that anything about the old attraction hurt your feelings. I just can’t fathom it. Disney is not the same company I grew up with, and it’s quite sad really. Less soul, more woke BS and super hero characters.

thedisneykid
thedisneykid
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonny

Still miss the great movie ride bud.😂 it’ll live on in my heart forever.

Eric
Eric
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonny

Ok

Mitchell Mason
Mitchell Mason
4 months ago

Ok… removing the actual guy but keeping his hut?? I think the people deserve to see the guy who’s name is on the hut. Don’t you think??🤔🤔 what exactly is Disney doing here??

Mike G
Mike G
4 months ago
Reply to  Mitchell Mason

They are bowing down to cancel culture

Tired of Nonsense
Tired of Nonsense
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike G

lol … cancel culture can’t even afford to visit these parks…. they barely work and earn money.

Sasha H
Sasha H
4 months ago

So glad to see Trader Sam’s business is going legit. This was such a smart move on the part of Disney. I’d love to eventually see a Trader Sam animatronic returning to find his shop in disarray…

Chris
Chris
4 months ago

“Two of his heads for only one of yours!” I’ll miss that joke, but excited to see what it’ll be now.

Karen Baker
4 months ago

I am over Disney and removing everything because someone for some stupid reason thinks it is offensive. Well, I am offended because he is s being removed. Pretty soon there won’t be anything left to see. It is time for Disney and others to grow a backbone and tell these people that things are staying and to get over themselves. Walt Disney us definitely rolling over in his grave. We went to Disney for the pure joy of fantasy and the leftist mob just can’t stand it. I don’t know if I am ever going to go to Disney World… Read more »

Major Silent
Major Silent
4 months ago
Reply to  Karen Baker

The only people who probably complain about the cultural insensitivity are most likely the people who have never even stepped foot on Disney property, and probably never will.

Last edited 4 months ago by Major Silent
Julia
Julia
4 months ago
Reply to  Karen Baker

Awww…So sorry your world is closing in on you and large companies like Disney are thinking more about inclusion, diversity and how people are depicted. Remember they are an international company and last I checked, America is a diverse country of people of different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs… Perhaps take a cruise on It’s a Small World to catch up on how diverse the world around you is. See all of the dolls? They all represent different people of different backgrounds. All of the people of different backgrounds like in the ride also live in the United States- just like… Read more »

Mike G
Mike G
4 months ago

Cancel culture at its finest. It’s a shame that the Disney corporation bows down to bleeding heart people who don’t realize they are in a theme park on rides that are make believe. There is nothing offensive about any of the rides yet people somehow find reasons to complain about them and force them to change. Changes that are never for the better