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Dr. Albert Falls is an off-screen character from the Jungle Cruise attraction at the Disney theme parks. He was first visualized in the Skipper Canteen restaurant.

Development

Albert Falls was first mentioned in the attraction as a joke: The discoverer and namesake of Schweitzer Falls, the true namesake being Nobel Prize winner Albert Schweitzer. When the Jungle Cruise's backstory was expanded in 2015 for the Skipper Canteen, it was decided that he be turned into an actual character and the Jungle Navigation Company's founder.

Background

Doctor Albert Falls was a scientist and explorer known for his ability to navigate the remote waters of the rivers of the world and his sense of humor. Among his discoveries were a Sunken Cambodian Temple known to some as the "Shir Lee Temple" on June 5, 1888 and most notably, Schweitzer Falls and the "backside of water" on August 12, 1891.

In 1911, he would establish the Jungle Navigation Company, a shipping company he had hoped would improve the way cargo moved up and down remote jungle rivers around the world for his fellow explorers and adventurers. The headquarters of the JNC would also serve as his home, where he would entertain members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers in a hidden meeting room located in his library.

When his granddaughter Alberta Falls turned eight, she was sent to live with him, as her father recognized an adventurous spirit in her that would not be content with him traveling on the lecture circuit. Albert and his Skippers would become a second family to her and when he eventually passed away, Alberta would become the new president of the Jungle Navigation Company, starting the first "Jungle Cruise" tours in 1931.

Trivia

  • When the Skipper Canteen first opened, the portrait of him in the waiting area was not quite ready. A placeholder painting was hung on the wall instead, a portrait of a former New Jersey state governor.
  • Books written by him featured in the Skipper Canteen's library include "A Small Village With A Large Heart" and "Rockefeller, Hippo, Pet, Family".
  • The Adventure Trading Company game's "The Daily Gnus" newsletter mentioned him as an honored recipient of the Elephant Juju in 1903 for his discovery of Schweitzer Falls among other discoveries.
  • Dr. Falls is one of the SEA members that have contributed to The Tropical Hideaway's wall of expedition paddles, with his coming from a 1903 trip on the Mbei River in Gabon.

Gallery

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Disney Parks
Jungle CruiseJingle CruiseJungle River Cruise: Curse of the Emerald TrinityShrunken Ned's Junior Jungle BoatsTrader Sam'sSkipper Canteen
Media
Films: Jungle Cruise (upcoming)

Books: Tales from Adventureland: The Keymaster's QuestTales from Adventureland: The Golden Paw • Disney Parks Presents
Video games: Walt Disney World ExplorerKinect: Disneyland Adventures

Characters
Albert Awol • Albert FallsAlberta FallsTrader Sam
Miscellaneous
Jungle Navigation CompanySociety of Explorers and Adventurers


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Linked Attractions
Fortress ExplorationsTower of Terror (Tokyo DisneySea)Mystic ManorBig Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom) • Oceaneer Lab (aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder) • Miss Adventure Falls (Typhoon Lagoon) • Soaring: Fantastic FlightJungle Cruise
Restaurants
Magellan'sJock Lindsey's Hangar BarSkipper CanteenExplorer's Club RestaurantThe Tropical HideawayColonel Hathi's Pizza OutpostCafe Hyperion
Members
Harrison Hightower III • Lord Henry MysticBarnabas T. BullionJason Chandler • Captain Mary OceaneerJock Lindsey • Dr. Albert FallsMerriweather Adam PleasureCamellia FalcoCaptain BrieuxProf. R. BlauerhimmelCharlton J. Taboret
Associated Characters
AlbertManfred StrangBeatrice Rose Endicott • Smelding • Indiana JonesAlberta FallsShrunken Ned • Charlie Allnut • Rose Sayer
Artifacts
Shiriki UtunduBalinese Music BoxMonkey King Statue
Other Associated Attractions
Raging SpiritsAdventurers ClubWalt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
See Also
Disney KingdomsLeague of AdventurersAdventure Isle (Shanghai Disneyland) Discovery Bay