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Frank Wolff[1], real name Francisco Lopez de Heredia, is the main protagonist in the 2021 Disney live-action film, Jungle Cruise, based on the ride of the same name.

History

Background

Francisco Lopez de Heredia was a 16th century mixed-race Hispanic man who came into the service of conquistador Lope de Aguirre. Frank was considered to be like a brother to Lope and was amongst a lost expedition where they would have died had they not been saved by the Puka Michuna tribe. The tribe brought them to health using the Tears of the Moon". When Aguirre attempted to attack the tribe to steal more of the tree's tears for his daughter, the conquistadors were cursed to remain as immortals in the Amazon rainforest.

By 1916, Francisco changed his name to Frank Wolff and worked as a skipper for a private, cheap Jungle Navigation Company attraction in Porto Velho. Here he owed money to harbourmaster Nilo Nemolato who ran a more popular and successful boat company. Frank also had good relations with the Puka Michuna and their chieftain Trader Sam though he spread myths about them being cannibalistic headhunters to profit off of their exoticism.

In 1916, Frank was approached by rogue explorer Lily Houghton and her brother MacGregor in offering safe passage through the jungles of South America in search of an ancient tree called Tears of the Moon so they can take its petals back to her laboratory and turn them into a serum that will cure terminal diseases and will also allow people to live longer.

Disney Parks

Jungle Cruise

Frank's jacket can be seen hanging in the office of Alberta Falls along with that of Lily Houghton. His hat is hanging in an office within the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise. The map of the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise rivers appears to have been made by him as well, as a gift for Jungle Navigation Company founder Dr. Albert Falls in 1911 then augmented by Alberta in the 1930s. On the map is the message "To Albert, here's to many more adventures of a lifetime -F.W." on the bottom left corner and on the upper-right corner, "Here is adventure, here is romance, here is mystery". This map also appears aboard the Mekong Maiden in Disneyland's Jungle Cruise, in the possession of chimpanzees.

Trivia

  • Frank is designed after Humphrey Bogart's character Charlie Allnut from the 1951 adventure-romance The African Queen. This is a tribute to how imagineer Harper Goff was inspired by said film when creating the Jungle Cruise. Charlie himself has been included in the Jungle Cruise property via a photograph in Bengal Barbecue and post-card from him in Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
  • The map made by Frank was made in 1911, five years prior to his curse being lifted. However, the map features locations not from the Amazon river.
    • A possible explanation might be that Frank only made the Amazon portions of the map while the rest was filled in by Dr. Albert Falls or even Alberta years later.
  • Some easter-eggs can be found on Frank Wolff's Adventureland map.
    • On the map of the Rivers of Adventure, Frank quotes Walt Disney's plaque for Adventureland.
    • The compass of the map is the logo for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, a colonial secret-society in the ride's backstory. It is unclear if this logo would have been added by Frank in 1911 or a later addition by Alberta Falls or Dr. Albert Falls (possibly evidenced by the compass being upside-down).
  • The expedition which he and Lope were on might be a reference to the historic Aguirre's 1560 quest for El Dorado.

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

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-MeeGarrett ReedNigel GreenwaterKon ChunosukeFelix Pechman XIIISkip DockmonkeyEllie the Elephant

Film Characters: Frank WolffLily HoughtonMcGregor HoughtonProximaPrince JoachimLope de AguirreNilo Nemolato
Crossover Characters: Indiana JonesLord Henry MysticRositaPamelia PerkinsEmil BleehallTarzanMerlin Jones

Songs
Run Through the JungleTrashin' the CampCircle of Life
See Also
Jungle Navigation CompanySociety of Explorers and AdventurersHeadhunter TribeGorilla RaidersLost SafariJeepers CreepersThe Adventurers ClubTears of the Moon


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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 CruiseAdventurers Suite (Disney Explorers Lodge)
Restaurants
Magellan'sJock Lindsey's Hangar BarSkipper CanteenExplorer's Club RestaurantThe Tropical HideawayColonel Hathi's Pizza OutpostCafe HyperionAbracadaBarTrader Sam'sClub 33
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 ChunosukeProf. Garrett Reed • Luana Teixeira • Chef Tandaji • Shango Sio
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Alberta FallsAlbertArchibald SmeldingArielBeatrice Rose EndicottCaptain BrieuxCaptain Nemo • Charlie Allnut • Colonel Critchlow SunchbenchConstance HatchawayCornelius Endicott IIDuncan the ParrotEmil Bleehall, Jr.Felix Pechman XIIIFletcher HodgesGeorge HightowerGiant SquidHathaway BrowneHoward StarkCliff SecordFrank WolffIndiana Jones • Hammerhead Fred • Kimballum HorriblusMadame ZarkovManfred StrangMaraMarion RavenwoodMickey MouseMinnie MouseOtis T. WrenPacoOtis BigelowPamelia Perkins • Rose Sayer • RositaSallah Mohammed Faisel el-KahirSalty the ParrotSamantha SterlingTheodore RooseveltTrader SamUrsula • Victoria Marie Falls • Yeti
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Backside of WaterBalinese Music BoxDead Man's ChestFountain of YouthHyperion Airship • Jujus • Monkey King StatueShiriki UtunduTreasure of Cortés • Snarflblatt • Ursula's contract
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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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