Filming Locations: Adventure Awaits On Disney’s Jungle Cruise

From the high-flying stunts to the most comical falls, this Amazon excursion film has surprises at every turn. 

Jungle Cruise is an ancient treasure hunt movie which stars the one and only, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as witty boat navigator Frank Wolff and the multifaceted Emily Blunt as courageous explorer Lily Houghton. The film also stars Jack Whitehall as Lily’s stylish brother MacGregor Houghton, Jesse Plemons as German tyrant Prince Joachim and Edgar Ramirez as legendary crook Aguirre.

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The story, without giving the whole movie away, is about a legendary tree that everyone and their mother wants to find because of its magical healing properties. Lily wants to find it and share it to help injured parties in the war effort, but to get to the tree requires a perilous journey through the jungle… and an expert navigator with a boat.

CAUTION SPOILER CLIFF APPROACHING…

ATLANTA, GEORGIA 

ATLANTA’S BLACKHALL STUDIOS

ATLANTA'S BLACKHALL STUDIOS jungle cruise
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The studio in Atlanta was transformed into “1910s London,” where the majority of women wore skirts in everyday life. Some of the most iconic movies and television shows have filmed here, including Doctor Sleep, Venom, Godzilla: King of Monsters, even the critically acclaimed show Lovecraft Country; As well as Johnson’s other hit movie Jumanji. According to CNBC, the studio was sold to a private firm in Los Angeles for over 100mil.

Look Around…

LEGOLAND Discovery Center 

LEGOLAND DISCOVER CENTER by www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com
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Not too far from Blackhall, is another child-like paradise waiting for exploration! Kids and children at heart can experience exclusive attractions, such as a 4D cinema, virtual reality games and become a LEGO master in their academy! The LEGOLAND Discovery Center is in the midst of celebrating 10 years of LEGO NINJAGO, where you can help your favorite characters restore the Golden Amulet. This experience is available until Sept. 24th.

KAUAI, HAWAII

KAUAI HAWAII
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Hawaii’s two oldest islands are Ni’ihau and Kauai. The tropical rainforest that makes up most of Kauai was the ideal backdrop for the movie. What better island to have a wild, perilous exploration film than one with 4,000-foot-high cliffs, am I right? This island was used to portray Brazil, most importantly, the town of Porto Velho in the movie.

KAPAIA RESERVOIR AND HULEIA STREAM

KAPAIA RESERVOIR jungle cruise
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According to Atlas of Wonders, it took production six months to build the set of the town near the Wailua Falls in Lihue. The town scenes were quite action-packed from a jungle cat entering a bar to Lily ziplining and crashing into a pile of sacks. After all the commotion there, the trio, plus one large animal, set sail downstream where some of those scenes took place at Huleia Stream. However, the CGI animals are not something you would find in Kauai.

HUELIA STREAM jungle cruise
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Close enough…

WAILUA RIVER STATE PARK 

WAILUA RIVER STATE PARK
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If you cannot catch the Jungle Cruise attraction at Disney Parks, there is always a real river cruise. The boat cruise goes past the lush greenery of the park all the way to Fern Grotto, where you could experience what Lily and MacGregor had seen during their adventure. The epic waterfalls are truly a sight to be seen. It’ll be like you’re there with the trio!

OPAEKAA FALLS AND IGUAZU NATIONAL PARK (kind-of)

OPAEKAA FALLS
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Let me explain. The Opaekaa Falls is located in the Wailua River State Park and they filmed a few scenes there. According to Atlas of Wonders, however, the beautiful and mystical U-shaped chasm in the film was a work of fiction! There is no such place, at least on Kauai. But then where is the gorge located in real life? Great question.

IGUAZU NATIONAL PARK by @j_leeroy on www.instagram.com
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That gorge is actually inspired by the Iguazu National Park on the border of Argentina, which has stunning cascading waterfalls similar to the place in the film and are equally as magical.

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Check out Jungle Cruise in theaters today!

Noelle Weston

Content Editor Associate

Noelle lives in one of the biggest cities in the world (NYC,) but she stays hungry for life. Her favorite place would have to be Jamaica. Tropical islands have always been intriguing to her since she was young. She is especially interested in listening to stories from elders of different countries because they always enlighten her perspectives.

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