Fake hippos safe from faux gunfire on Disneyland's Jungle Cruise

Posted Monday, September 3, 2001 5:38 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The hippos in Disneyland's Jungle Cruise will no longer be shot at. The park says that it's one of the many changes made over the years to address sensitivity issues.

Read more from The LA Times.

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Monday, September 3, 2001 5:41 PM
Soggy's avatar Remember the commercial with the crying Indian?  That's how this makes me feel.
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Monday, September 3, 2001 5:47 PM
Mabye it is something to do with guns. I wonder if they are trying to prevent school shootings, by not advertising using guns as a weapon. If that was the reason, then I applaud them for taking action.
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Monday, September 3, 2001 5:59 PM
(sarcasm)

Might as well take the shooting galleries out of parks as well.

(/sarcasm)

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Monday, September 3, 2001 6:21 PM
i thought it was cause some girl stuck her finger in one of the guns and got injured
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Monday, September 3, 2001 6:47 PM
DawgByte II's avatar I don't think so...

It's neither of those. It's society, and I am in total agreement. The vast majority of people don't like other people who hunt for sport. Who hunt dangerous or endangered animals just for the sport and then use their head as some trophie or their hide as a floor rug by the fire place.

With the shooting of the hippo (even though it is fake, it is simulating it... giving ideas that it's an ok thing to do), it just further implies that it's ok.

Today, that's not ok. With more and more animal rights groups, the ASPCA, and just awareness for letting wildlife live free without human hunters, this is a good thing.

Don't mind the fact that it's a fake hippo... that's not the point. It's the fact that it's simulating shooting a real one, and that makes a lot of people uneasy in today's environmentally unstable society!

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Monday, September 3, 2001 6:55 PM
Looks like not evan Disney can be politicly correct all of the time. Will they remove the "shooting" at WDW as well?

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Monday, September 3, 2001 7:05 PM
Next thing we know Mickey Mouse will be replaced with a more PC version of himself. When will it end!
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Monday, September 3, 2001 7:10 PM
I hate Liberals.  Go hug a tree or something.  If you can find a hunter that says that that ride inspired him to hunt hippos, then be my guest and take away the guns.  But for right now, there is no point.  If you are smart, you know that disney would never try to promote hunting animals.  Especially that they own Animal Kingdom.  Because of people like you, we have more laws and less freedom.  Do you think Jaws at USF is inspiring hunting sharks?  No.  I don't think so. *Sarcasm. But since they shoot jaws with a gun, we should take away that gun too.*End Sarcasm.  What if you took the gun out of the jaws ride.  Then it would be you floating around in a boat and a shark popping out of the water.  Sounds like fun.  Not.
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Monday, September 3, 2001 7:14 PM
First the guns on Tom Sawyers island are taken out, now this?  Political Correctness is destroying society!  Whats the point? Like I'm really going to go shoot up some hippos because I saw it at disney.  Honestly what can be next?  So sad.
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Monday, September 3, 2001 7:29 PM
Jeff's avatar I'm fairly certain that this has nothing to do with gun control, rather the conservation of endangered animals. Members of the hippopotamidae family are on the global list and vulnerable to extinction.

I don't understand what that has to do with freedom or hunting.

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Monday, September 3, 2001 7:37 PM
Geese Disney has ATON of guns and cannons in there attractions and shows here are some off the top of my head.
Muppet Vision 3d
Fantasmic ( There is like a segment with people shoting each other!)
The boat ride with the cannon
Pirates of the Carribian
There are probibly more!

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Monday, September 3, 2001 7:57 PM
they should replace the hippos with mickeys, i mean the idiots who did this wouldnt care about mice
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Monday, September 3, 2001 8:19 PM
First it was the Pirates Of The Caribbean being altered to be politically correct!

(the scene where the pirates are chasing the women has been changed to the women chasing the pirates to be politically correct).

Now I somehow think that the women didn't chase pirates in real life, but that the pirates were "womanizers" who chased the women.

Shall we werite history to make people happy?  Maybe we should deny that slavery ever occurred to make life more politically correct. 

Sounds dumb now doesnt it?

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Monday, September 3, 2001 8:27 PM
This is pretty obvious...the change was made because the gunshot startled some people with heart problems and people with sensitive hearing. Also, the woman/pirate, pirate/woman thing was never changed...one gallery displays the pirate chasing the woman, the next has a woman chasing a pirate.
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Monday, September 3, 2001 8:58 PM
I don't like the ride anyway.
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Monday, September 3, 2001 9:38 PM
About the Pirate thing: I believe they put food in the womens hand, so the pirates are chasing the food not the woman.
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Monday, September 3, 2001 10:28 PM
Raven-Phile's avatar I personally find the gunshots on the CP&LE railroad to be quite startling, but i love them just the same. so, maybe someone with a heart problem is going to take it out on them.If it's happening at Disney, it can happen anywhere. CP posts signs warning that there is a mild scare in there somewhere (i'm a poet and didn't know it). Maybe if that is the case, then Warnings will need to be given before each ride on ANYTHING with a loud noise?
I seriously hope that is not the reason.

Jeff is probably the most on track with this here. Hippos are endangered, hey, even fiberglass mechanical hippos are endangered, so why promote shooting of them?

who knows...just another Disney idea....

 

-Josh *** This post was edited by Raven-Phile on 9/4/2001. ***

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Monday, September 3, 2001 10:44 PM
Personally I think it's sad.  I don't think it's terribly appropriate to encourage children to co-habitate with 7 midgets, but it's make-believe, after all.

In Disney's defense about Pirates of the Caribbean, that change was not due to PC, but due to storyline.  If they wanted to PC the ride, they would have taken out the auction of the women all-together.

Jacob
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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 7:07 AM
OMFG!!! I am so sick of PC.  Aren't the 90's over with.  We're turning into a world of wussies who can't take anything.
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