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Jungle Cruise will float onto Disney Plus Premier Access alongside theatrical release

At long last, the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt joint will come out

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dwayne the rock johnson in a smoldering hot jungle cruise skipper uniform Image: Walt Disney Pictures
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Disney’s Jungle Cruise will finally come out on July 30, both in theaters and on Disney Plus with Premier Access. The Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt joint was originally supposed to hit theaters last summer (after a previous delay), but COVID-19 put a halt on all things theater-related. Johnson announced the change Thursday on Instagram, post-workout in the “iron paradise.”

The adventure-comedy film is based on the Disney Parks attraction of the same name, and follows Blunt as a biologist named Lily searching for a rare tree with healing properties in the Amazon rainforest. She joins up with Johnson’s disgruntled riverboat captain Frank, and the duo trek deeper into the jungle.

Jungle Cruise joins Country Bears, The Haunted Mansion, Tomorrowland, and the entire Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in the pantheon of Disney live-action movies based on rides (some of which are much better than others). Disney recently announced that the Jungle Cruise ride will be undergoing some major refurbishments to update negative depictions of native people in both the Disneyland and Magic Kingdom versions of the ride.

Jungle Cruise will follow Cruella (May 28) and Black Widow (July 9) as dual releases in movie theaters and on Disney Plus Premier Access. With the state of theaters still nebulous, this seems a safe bet to make the most profits possible. Disney Plus Premier Access costs $29.99 per movie, and is available only to active Disney Plus subscribers.