Jungle Cruise Scene of Trader Sam Animatronic Replaced By Gift Shop Scene

We previously shared the news that both Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s iconic Jungle Cruise attraction would be undergoing changes with new scenes and storytelling. Now, Disney has released the latest information regarding the former Trader Sam finale scene of the attraction which is now to be replaced with a gift shop scene.


As shared by Disney: “Word on the stream is that Alberta Falls, proprietor of the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd., has entrusted her longtime friend, Trader Sam, to manage the new Lost & Found location. But, with Trader Sam being Trader Sam, there’s always an opportunity to make some extra money. After all, all the best rides end with a gift shop, right? Take a look at this rendering of their newest venture together. Clearly, Sam is betting on an established reputation as the best merchant in the jungle! But, while he’s out lost and finding some new inventory, it’s the animals that get the last laugh!”

Credit: Disney


Disney has noted that the new scene is one of several that are “interconnected and build on the original story and humor of the Jungle Cruise”. The “head” salesman, Trader Sam, isn’t in the art rendering of the scene as far as we can tell. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about the animatronic Trader Sam and if Disney plans to place him in another location.

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We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.