Felix Pechman XIII is a character from the Jungle Cruise.

History

Background

Felix Pechman XIII is a man originating from the town of Silver Springs, Florida in the early half of the 20th century. For most if not all of his life, he was plagued by a seemingly paranormal degree of bad luck. At some point in his adulthood, he became a skipper for the Jungle Navigation Company under the leadership of one Alberta Falls.

In 1938, Alberta arranged for Felix to be the skipper of a V.I.P. Jungle Cruise tour aboard his vessel, The Kwango Kate. The members of this tour included Alberta's cousin the ornithologist Siobhan Murphy, Canadian botanist Dr. Leonard Moss, Alberta's friend the painter Rosa Soto Dominguez, and entomologist Dr. Kon Chunosuke of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. However, bad luck struck when the eccentric Siobhan caused an accident by interrupting Pechman's piloting when she saw a rare bird along the Nile river. This resulted in Felix being distracted and wrecking the Kwango Kate along the river.

The crew was forced to abandon ship and found themselves on the African veldt of Northern Africa. Here, the marooned individuals (with the exception of Alberta) were chased up a tree by a charging rhinoceros. Felix found himself at the bottom of the pole being prodded by the rhino's horn until another skipper's party arrived.

Development history

Felix was integrated into the Jungle Cruise during a 2021 refurbishment primarily aimed at removing racial stereotyping from the Jungle Cruise attraction. The original incarnations of the, "Trapped Safari" scene in particular had inappropriate depictions of indentured African men working for a white safari leader with the joke being that said African men were being tortured and tormented by the rhino. As a result, a new cast of characters were created to represent the trapped safari with Pechman as their skipper.

Felix was also developed to be a sort of protagonist in the Jungle Cruise's new narrative, being an audio-animatronic counterpart to the live-performed skippers which the attraction is known for. Furthermore, his character was affiliated with the Kwango Kate which as one of the real (faux) boats used at the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise until it was retired in the year 2000. A new backstory for the Kate's absence was created tying into this new narrative and partially inspired by a 2020 incident where one of the Magic Kingdom's boats (namely the Bomokandi Bertha) had actually partially sank.

Appearances

Jungle Cruise

Felix is a sort of protagonist character in the Jungle Cruise, being represented by audio-animatronics. He notably appears at the bottom of the pole in the trapped safari scene.

Trivia

  • Pechman's character has a bad-luck motif. The surname, "Pechman" translates to, "Bad luck" and 13 is often considered to be an unlucky number.
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Media
Films: Jungle Cruise

Books: Tales from Adventureland: The Keymaster's QuestTales from Adventureland: The Golden PawThe Making of Disney's Jungle Cruise
Video games: Walt Disney World ExplorerKinect: Disneyland Adventures

Characters
Albert AwolAlbert FallsAlberta FallsTrader SamShrunken NedChief Nah-MeeProf. Garrett ReedNigel Greenwater • Jonas Brisbane • Dr. Kon Chunosuke • Albert Falls, Jr. • Sneh Falls • Victoria Marie Falls • Felix Pechman XIII • Siobhan "Puffy" Murphy • Rosa Sota Dominguez • Leonard Moss • Skip DocumentaryEllie

Characters from Spinoffs: Frank WolffLily Houghton • Nellie
Crossover Characters: Indiana JonesLord Henry MysticRositaPamelia PerkinsEmil Bleehall

Miscellaneous
Jungle Navigation CompanySociety of Explorers and AdventurersHeadhunter TribeGorilla RaidersJeepers CreepersTrashin' the CampCircle of Life • Tiger of Courage • Elephant of Wisdom • Monkey of Cleverness • The Emerald Trinity • The Adventurers Club


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Linked Attractions
Fortress ExplorationsTower of TerrorMystic 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 IIILord Henry MysticBarnabas T. BullionJason ChandlerCaptain Mary OceaneerJock LindseyDr. Albert FallsMerriweather Adam PleasureCamellia FalcoProf. R. BlauerhimmelCharlton J. TaboretDr. J.L. BateristaMaestro D'ElfmanDr. Kon Chunosuke
Associated Characters
Alberta FallsAlbertArchibald SmeldingBeatrice Rose EndicottCaptain BrieuxCaptain Nemo • Charlie Allnut • Colonel Critchlow SunchbenchConstance Hatchaway • Cornelius Endicott II • Duncan the ParrotEmil Bleehall, Jr.Felix Pechman XIIIFletcher HodgesGeorge HightowerGiant SquidHathaway BrowneHoward StarkCliff SecordIndiana JonesKimballum HorriblusMadame ZarkovManfred StrangMaraMarion RavenwoodOtis T. WrenPacoOtis BigelowPamelia Perkins • Rose Sayer • RositaSallah Mohammed Faisel el-KahirSalty the ParrotSamantha SterlingTheodore RooseveltTrader SamUrsula • Victoria Marie Falls
Artifacts
Shiriki UtunduBalinese Music BoxMonkey King Statue
Other Associated Attractions
Raging SpiritsAdventurers ClubWalt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
See Also
Disney KingdomsShinji Takahashi and the Mark of the CoatlLeague of AdventurersAdventure Isle Discovery BayDisney Springs
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