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My favorite new thing at Disneyland is also one of its oldest: the Jungle Cruise, born in 1955, formerly freighted with colonial-era stereotypes. It has been updated to make some fictitious tourists the butt of most jokes and to give chimps and monkeys the upper hand.

Happily the new version is just as full of godawful tour-guide puns as the old one, and it gets more laughs out of animal antics. As Times critic Todd Martens has noted, the updating follows in the revision tradition of “Pirates of the Caribbean” (changed in 1997 and again in 2018). Jungle Cruise also re-opened (in July) as Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” movie was entering the world. I can’t speak for the movie, but the new cruise, still only about seven minutes, kept me grinning, right down to the line your fifth-grader will love the most, when the guide points to the elephant and says, “A lot of people think it’s water coming out of her nose. But it’s … not.”

By the way, the Disney people really want you to devote multiple days to covering Disneyland (85 acres), Downtown Disney (20 acres) and Disney California Adventure (72 acres), but it will cost you. My one-day, one-park adult admission on a summer weekday was $139, plus $25 for parking. Disney raised admission fees in October.

Pro tip: The park overhauled its yearly pass program in August. Under the new setup, the most affordable option, offering access to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, is a $399 yearly Imagine Key (Southern California residents only), which blocks visits on 218 of the year’s 365 days and excludes parking. The fanciest option: the $1,399-yearly Dream Key, which has no blocked dates and includes parking. Reservations are booked until the new year but sometimes open up.

Source : https://www.latimes.com/travel/list/california-top-40-winter-destinations

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