- “Hmm. Why, I do believe we walked all the way across Never Land Jungle!”
- ―Mr. Smee
The Never Land Jungle is a thick woodland that shrouds the island of Never Land featured in the Disney Junior animated series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates. It is full of palm trees and various wildlife. The jungle conceals the whereabouts of Peter Pan's hideout and leads to various new location, such as Sailor Swamp and Tiki Forest.
Role in the series
The jungle appears regularly in the series. In the episode "Hats Off to Hook!", Jake and his crew discover Captain Hook's hat washed up on the shore of Pirate Island and try to return it to him. Meanwhile, Hook and his crew are also searching for Hook's missing hat on the Jolly Roger, until Hook accidentally lands on a catapult, thus launching into a palm tree in the Never Land Jungle. Sharky and Bones get Hook down, where he spots Jake and his crew with his hat, believing they stole it.
In the episode "Off The Hook", Captain Hook steals Jake and his crew's skateboard, that washed up on the shore, and flees to Never Land with the skateboard. Once on the island, Hook takes a few tries using the skateboard, but he finds far too difficult to stay or control while soaring through the Never Land Jungle, until he falls off of the skateboard that keeps rolling through the jungle.
In the episode "Yo Ho, Food to Go!", as Jake and his mates were about to dig into their snacks, Skully informs his crewmates to wash their hands before they eat. With the sea pups distracted, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee manage to plunder the young pirates' healthy snacks and flee to Never Land, with Jake and his crew in pursuit aboard Bucky. On Never Land, Hook and Smee were about to dine upon the healthy snacks on Shipwreck Beach until Jake and his crew confronts the duo, who flee into Never Land Jungle and again to Mysterious River.
In the episode "Basketballs Aweigh!", Jake and his crew are playing in the Pirate Island hideout. Cubby needs practice making a basket, so Izzy helps him by sprinkling pixie dust on the basketball. Unfortunately, it causes the basketball to float away. Captain Hook ends up catching the ball and refuses to give it back, until a wave washes it away towards Never Land. Jake and his crew go in search of getting their ball back, and Hook challenges the pirate kids to a basketball game in a hidden Basketball Court deep within Never Land Jungle.
In the episode "Free Wheeling Fun", Captain Hook and Mr. Smee have been hiking through the Never Land Jungle in search of treasure, but come back empty handed. To make matters worse, the hiking has caused Hook to get tired as he sits to ease his aching feet. Smee reminds Hook they still have to traverse all the way through the Never Land Jungle to Shipwreck Beach, where the Jolly Roger is anchored. Suddenly, Jake and his pirate friends ride past Hook and Smee on a bicycle built for three, and so Hook soon desires the bike for himself so he wolud not have to walk. Hook and Smee manage to sneak away with the bike when Jake and his crew are distracted with their game. However, this is short live once Jake and his crew uncover the villainous duo's plot and recover their stolen bike after chasing Hook and Smee through Never Land. By the end of the episode, Hook is still too tired to walk back to his ship and is left riding on Smee's shoulders as the two make there way through the jungle on foot back to the Jolly Roger.
In the episode "Jake's Jungle Groove", Jake and his crew plan on having a dance party with Marina, and Jake learns how to dance by moving to the beat of Peter Pan's bongos that Cubby is playing. Even Captain Hook could not keep himself from dancing to the beat of Cubby's bongos, and he wants to take them away to stop himself and Jake's crew from dancing. Unfortunately, a mischievous monkey steals the bongos from Hook and will no stop playing them as he flees into the Never Land Jungle.
In the special episode "Peter Pan Returns", Peter Pan returns to Never Land to recruit Jake, Izzy, Cubby, and Skully to find his shadow. Without his shadow, Peter is unable to fly, causing more problems for the heroes and giving a plus to the revenge-seeking Captain Hook. Eventually, Hook and his crew manage to capture Peter Pan's shadow and threaten to dispose of it in the Valley of Shadows if Peter refuses to leave Never Land and never return. Peter, accompanied by Jake and his crew, pursue Hook all across Never Land in order to stop him.
In the episode special "Battle for the Book", when Captain Hook steals Wendy Darling's book of Never Land and flees back to the island to destroy the tales once and for all, Jake and his crew pursue the captain, accompanied by the Darling siblings. Once back on Never Land, Wendy suggests they head to the hideout to determine where Hook will take the book.Jake was about to set a course for Pirate Island, but Wendy clarified that she meant Peter's hideout, where she and her brother stayed in during their first visit to the island years ago. As Wendy leads the group across the Never Land Jungle to find Hangman's Tree, she starts to lose her memory of where the tree resides. Jake manages to find the tree and John opens one of the hidden hatches, welcoming everyone inside as Jake and crew marvel at the sight of Pan's hideout. Wendy knew of another means to help them locate where Hook is taking her book, by using the tree's root tunnels. The group soon hear the captain's voice leading to the Valley of Fury, one of the most dangerous locations in Never Land.
In the episode "Monkey Tiki Trouble", Captain Hook and his crew travel through the Never Land Jungle on the search for the legendary golden Monkey Tiki of Monkey Picchu, unaware that King Zongo and his Monkey Pirates are following through the treetops. After Hook uncovers the idol, Zongo attempts to steal it. As Hook and Zongo struggle over control of the Monkey Tiki, the powers of the Tiki is released, causing both Captain Hook and King Zongo to switch bodies.
In the episode "Captain Jake's Pirate Power Crew!", Captain Hook and his crew search through the Never Land jungle for Zebra Bananas. However, Bing-Bong, one of Zongo's monkey minions, manages to swoop down and swipe the bundle of Zebra Bananas from the pirate crew. When Hook and his crew finally catch up, they discover that Zongo has them all, much to Hook's disappointment, causing the bumbling crew to fall into the mud of Mire Pit. Later, Zongo and his crew flee with the Zebra Bananas until they stumble upon Jake and his crew, who use there new powers of the Pirate Power Bandanas they received from Peter Pan to stop Zongo.
The Never Land Jungle makes an appearance in the Lego DUPLO spin-off, in the episode "The Big Golden Tiki Treasure". Jake and his crew pursue a group of monkeys through the jungle in order to retrieve one the magical Pirate Pieces before Captain Hook.
The Never Land Jungle is featured in the LeapTV™ Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates Educational, Active Video Game. During the "Chop & Sort" segment, the player plays as Jake, using his Forever Sword to clear a path through the jungle. Then, sort, classify and slice coconuts to fuel up!
In the app game "Jake's Treasure Trek", Jake is tasked with journeying through three islands in order to recover Tinker Bell's magical lantern before Captain Hook gets his hooks on it. The second location Jake visits in his quest is Jungle Run Isle, an island based on the Never Land Jungle.