Dwayne Johnson surprised tourists on the Disney World Jungle Cruise

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Ah, Dwayne Johnson… there isn’t a super-fun publicity stunt or questionable film plot he hasn’t met. In case you haven’t heard, Disney is continuing their spotty Attraction-to-Film record by making a live-action version of the iconic Jungle Cruise ride. Although he has been attached since 2015, the film has just been put into his production schedule and is slated to hit theaters in 2019. According to THR, several versions of the script were written but it is only with the latest that DJ, who is also producing, felt confident enough to fit the film into his schedule. They are currently scouting for a director.

So, as is his special talent, DJ found a very clever way to get everyone all excited about a movie they never knew they wanted. He showed up to skipper a Jungle Cruise boat at Orlando’s Disney World and posted it to Instagram for all to see:

.. (I think the lady to my right is snapping a pic of my bootaaaay) Surprise! Once I committed to our Disney partners to make the movie based off the JUNGLE CRUISE ride, I wanted to dive head first into the research. So I headed to Walt Disney World and surprised tourists by commandeering the JUNGLE CRUISE boat. It was a GREAT day on the river. Learned a lot.. for example, it takes approximately 12.6 minutes for all the passengers to get over the shock of me jumping on the boat and thinking I'm a DJ look-a-like. One passenger even said, "Oh the real Rock is much smaller than this guy". I threw his ass off the boat. Jokes aside (and yes, with me as the Cruise Skipper there will be an abundance of puns) this is such an amazing, fantastical and cool world to build out. Best part about this surprise research day was knowing how FUN of an experience we're gonna work hard to create for families around the world. That's the part that gets my excited the most. The movie. The ride. The experience. It's the cruise of a lifetime. And trust me, you'll want me as your Skipper. Just don't forget to bring the Skipper's beer. Next step… we find our visionary director. #SurpriseAroundEveryCorner #ResearchDay #DisneyWorld #AllAboard #JungleCruise

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I have developed a real soft spot for DJ, Lord knows, but, “I wanted to dive head first into the research?” For the Jungle Cruise? Aw, beebs… bless. Since the jokes on this project can write themselves, I’ll accept the challenge of being positive on it instead. For any of you who don’t know, the Jungle Cruise is one of Disneyland’s original attractions. You ride around in a boat to view a bunch of robotic animals create scenes ranging from silly to “scary” with a few offensive stereotypes sprinkled in. It’s slow and relatively uneventful – the ride your grandmother forced you to go on. A few decades ago, they changed up the script and Disney completely leaned in to the campy value of the ride. They wrote the cheesiest jokes they could and gave the skippers license to ham it up. It completely revitalized the ride. So I want to believe that Disney is mindful of the countless pitfalls this film has stacked against it and is just going to go all out and make this one hell of a romp. Honestly, if it was about the actual ride and Dwayne was a Cast Member working the ride, I think it might work. Maybe I am just hopeful because with the Park’s prices being what they are, these films are the closest I can get to a Disney ride these days.

As for what else is going on in DJ’s world – of course we know the Fast 8 – Seriously How Much Faster Do We Need To Go? promo is in full swing. Perhaps you’ll remember something transpired between DJ and co-star Vin Diesel that led to DJ blasting Diesel to hell and back on social media? Yeah, well, Diesel said it’s all just blown out of proportion, donchaknow? Diesel assures us that DJ is still “Uncle Dwayne” in Diesel’s house and the world just doesn’t realize how close they are. According to Diesel, he, “protected Dwayne more than he’ll ever know. And it doesn’t matter. He doesn’t have to know. But he appreciates it. He knows it. Dwayne has only got one Vin in his life. Dwayne Johnson only has one big brother in this film world and that’s me.” It’s good to know how strong their feelings for each other are. Of course, DJ expressed his when he reiterated to the Los Angeles Times, “I was very clear with what I said.” So I guess Diesel is “Uncle Candy @ss” in the Johnson household?

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  1. Birdix says:

    Can anyone be that muscly without steroids?
    And that movie sounds like a stupid money grab.

    • Char says:

      Me & my husband just had this conversation. He thinks it’s steroids, I think it’s probably something more “natural” because that’s what a lot of these celebrities are doing now. & when I say natural, I just mean it’s not the old steroids that can make you go crazy. Some kind of “natural” HGH maybe? But some people are just able to build muscle better too, plus he can have a personal trainer, nutritionist, cook, & he can work out for hours a day, if he wants. I’m sure that helps. But he did get skinny when he stopped wrestling, a look I didn’t particularly like on him. I do wonder why he decided to get big again, did he just miss it?

      • QQ says:

        That’s where I’m at .. this looks Super unnatural and unattractive and it pains me to say cause he is adorable but last night I showed my bf Yesterday’s carpet pics and he was like .. WHY IS HE SO BIG FOR?!?! like even when he was wrestling he wasn’t this massive

    • L84Tea says:

      Normally I would say yes, but in his case, I actually think it’s natural. My husband follows a lot of his workout routines and is always telling me all the crazy hours he puts in and the stuff he eats. Maybe I’m naïve, but he seems to work really, really hard to have that body. I’m giving him a pass until proven otherwise.

      • Dex and Destruction says:

        Is The Rock huge? No doubt. Is it all natural? I hope so. Am I attracted to him? Absolutely—which is weird because I don’t go for the big bodybuilder type. Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching him forever since his early days in the WWE/WWF. He’s just always been my fav. Anyway…

        In the wake of a massive scandal in the wrestling world in the early 00′s that involved wrestlers, steroids, pharmaceuticals, death, and a double-murder suicide, in response, the WWE implemented an “Abuse and Drug Testing Policy” to combat the issues. The Rock was never implicated in any of the investigations unlike many others, so I suppose that’s a plus in his favor.

        The Rock has also been a dedicated athlete for years. Early on in his athletic career, he played football for the University of Miami until he was sidelined with an injury. After a short stint in the Canadian Football League, he eventually found himself in the wrestling ring.

        Furthermore, The Rock comes from a long line of athletes and performers. His father, grandfather, and even his grandmother were prominent figures in the world of wrestling. Not to mention other various family members like his female cousin Nia Jax, who battles it out in the ring today.

        All that said, I think he has the luck of multiple genetic factors going for him as well as the dedication and drive to take workouts to insane levels without the aid of steroids. Remember when he pulled that airplane at the little girl’s request?

        And thus ends my dissertation on the subject of Dwayne Johnson.

    • Embee says:

      My reaction to yesterday’s post (pic used here showing big pecs) I assumed he was juicing. But he is of Samoan heritage and those folks can be really imposing size-wise. If he’s doing something it seems like he’s monitoring carefully because you don’t hear stories of him raging. He really satisfies my feminine longings lol…huge and tough yet gentle and kind.

  2. D says:

    I always thought that Vin Diesel was kind of short, but he looks almost as tall as Dwayne Johnson in that photo. Is he standing on something, or wearing high lifts?

    • V4Real says:

      Vin is about six feet. I met him back in the day.
      Dwayne and I kicked it for a couple of years when he was more of a wrestling star. He really is a sweet guy.

    • Jeesie says:

      Diesel’s about 5’10, always wearing slight lifts and always posing in ways that make him look a bit taller when next to tall people.

      The Rock is about 6’1. 6’5 was a lie that’s carried over from his wrestling days.

      • V4Real says:

        Vin is about six feet like I said. I’m 5 ’9 and when I was standing next to him he was taller than me by a couple of inches.

        Dwayne is about 6’5. I think I would know this since I was close to the man in more ways than one for around two years.

      • Embee says:

        V4Real do tell!!!! Did you get some Rock love???

      • V4Real says:

        You know what for once I’m going to put it out there, I’ve had my run in with a few celebs but don’t always tell people on a gossip blog. But yes I got me plenty of Rock love. And maybe where I am in my life today I’m not so proud of that because he was engaged and then married. Dwayne is a sweetheart but he was a big time cheater.

      • Embee says:

        I’m sorry. I have one of those in my past, and I also regret it. But the fact that yours was with a walking human pheromone I think you can be forgiven. It’s hard to reconcile “sweetheart” and cheater. Very confusing. Hope you’ve found authentic happiness now.

      • SilverUnicorn says:

        @V4real

        No judgement from me there. I was living near his house in Florida at one point and friend of mine was hanging out with him sometimes, she always said he was fun and a good person in her opinion.

        And don’t regret it, we all have done absolutely some shit one way or another in our lives and I wish mine would have gone by the name of The Rock instead of eating disorder/depression/suicidal attempts.

        You go girl ;-)

        P.S. I always knew he was about 6’4-6’5, confirmed by many people who knew him well.

  3. Shambles says:

    I love DJ.

    As far as “The Fate of the Furious” … since this is the “fate,” does that mean this is finally the last one?! I thought the one right after Paul Walker died was supposed to be it. But they’ve made like 3 more. Jesus take the wheel.

    • Jeesie says:

      This is actually the first one without Walker.

      They’re still making huge amounts of money. The last one made 1.5 billion (partly due to Walker’s death), the one before made almost 800 million, before that almost 700 million and so on. The franchise just keeps getting more and more successful, so they’re not going to stop for a long time.

      They’re not too badly reviewed either. It’s not an embarrassing franchise like Transformers.

      • Shambles says:

        I see, I guess it just feels like they’ve made a bunch because the franchise just seems never ending. And financially it’s not an embarrassing franchise, but I still think it’s embarrassing to watch. Some of the dialogue is just awful, the plots are nonexistent, and the acting isn’t the best. But I guess the core demographic isn’t watching for the acting, plot, or dialogue. It’s all about cars, explosions, and girl butts.

  4. Snowflake says:

    DJ is so fine. His wife and baby are so gorgeous. He seems very honest with his he gets about things, such as Vin Diesel. And looks so good in a suit! Swoon

  5. Dlc says:

    Does he go by dj?

  6. It'sJustBlanche says:

    Go to Disney World in September! They usually offer free dining. Then you can ride the jungle Cruise all you want. That offer should be coming out in about a week.

    • swak says:

      Going in Sept!!! I take each of the grandchildren when they turn 8. Glad to hear the offer is coming out soon. I kind of count on it. Also if you do a package deal the tickets are cheaper. We do a water park and with package it costs about $40, without about $75 or more for one day. Sept is off season and it’s a great time to go!

  7. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    The Jungle Cruise “story” for the ride is about saving elephants from poachers. Lots of cheesy jokes while chasing them, sure. So I wonder if that will be the plot for this film.

  8. eggyweggs says:

    I saw Ron Funches in Bloomington, Indiana, this past weekend (shout to The Comedy Attic). Funches said his life dream is to ride on The Rock’s shoulders while he (Funches) eats ice cream. He said The Rock is Beyonce for boys. Kinda…accurate, huh?

  9. Rux says:

    I am sorry…. I love the Roc… Moana is my two boys jam right now.

  10. FuefinaWG says:

    The Jungle Cruise is still my favorite ride at Disneyland; I’m looking forward to this movie! (The first time I went to Disneyland I was 7 years old and my brother was 6. I still think that is the perfect age for your first trip there. I don’t understand people who bring their kids who are younger. Sure a 4 or 5 year old will remember parts of the trip but for the most part they will remember the parts that the adults keep telling them about. Taking a kid even younger, unless an older sibling is there, is a waste unless you tell me that the parents wanted to go and they dragged the kids along because they couldn’t wait. I had friends who would take their kids at the age of 3 and claim they had the best time ever. LOL! What morons.)

  11. S says:

    damn! i’m at disney now but we hit hollywood studios and epcot first. i’m not even a muscleman fan but i think DJ is super sweet and loved his VO in Moana