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  • Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

    My wife hasn't been on the Jungle Cruise since they added the piranha attack. I wanted her to be surprised by it.

    As we entered the area, the skipper kept talking about the 'back side of water' ignoring the pictures of the fish on the rocks. Then just as the bubbles started to come toward the boat, he gunned the boat and completely ignored the piranha attack. The effect was totally lost. My wife was like "What the heck was that?"

    The skipper didn't stop until he got to trader Sam were he sat there and let people get squirted by the elephant. Finally we had to wait to be unloaded because there was a boat in front of us.

    I thought it was really bad show to completely fly thru that area without any mention about what was going on. Then we had to wait to be let out. If he did the attack at the proper speed, we wouldn't have to wait to get off.
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    Re: Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

    Bummer, that does kinda ruin the experience. We have done it 3 times, I think, since the refurb, and they have all been a little different, but everyone has at least mentioned the ill tempered fish as we went by.
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    • #3
      Re: Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

      Once I sailed through the effect... it really hurts the show, I agree.

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        Re: Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

        From what I've experienced, The Jungle Cruise is not a predictable experience. That's why I like it. If that happens again, just get back in line. Odds favor your not geting the same skipper, nor the same experience.
        Recently, I had a skipper speak gibberish and pantomime with gibberish noises through the whole ride, but with the pauses for effect, you can tell exactly what he was supposed to be saying. My eight-year-old cracked up all the way, so to me it was a success. Not what I want every trip, though.

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        • #5
          Re: Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

          He probably raced thru it because it was the last boat of the night. I guess he had a hot date or something.
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          • #6
            Re: Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

            I always end up requesting to go on a boat with a guy skipper...maybe because they just look hot in those uniforms....I usually like going on JC around dusk because it seems all the jokes change during the nighttime...

            On a better note...you should try going on at night...this is when the JC skippers have to get really creative to keep your attention because most of the time you can't distinctly see all of the animal animatronics...
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            • #7
              Re: Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

              Skippers are not supposed to say much about the new show scenes. The effects are modern enough that they should speak for themselves. The jokes are only used to compensate for the cheesy quality of some of the older scenes.

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                The skipper is about 80% of the ride. Sometimes they feed off of the people's reaction and that can make a so-so ride way better!
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                • #9
                  Re: Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

                  Last time I went on JC the skipper said very little about the fish, but at least he didn't fly through the area. I really like the one where a skipper called them goldfish with teeth at first and asked the boat what they are called.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

                    I love the Jungle Cruise. Usually we get a great skipper I try to always laugh at the skipper. There are times I may be the only person laughing at the jokes in the beginning, but by the time we are by the bathing elephants the rest of the boat gets the idea that this is a "funny" ride.

                    Rarely will we get a dud. Like another poster mentioned, the boy skippers are better. I don't know if it is because they are louder and you can hear them or the lines just come off better from a guy than a girl.

                    I always compliment the skipper when we get off the boat (well, unless he was a dud, then I just get off the boat.)
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                    • #11
                      Re: Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

                      80 percent of the time we get a good skipper. Ive only once had a really boring skipper they bassically pointed and didnt tell any jokes. Other than that yah the guy skippers seem to be the most outgoing. On labor day a woman had an australia shirt and the skipper asked where she was from. She said australia and he said ohh im sorry jokingly. The lady was furious. The rest of the boat was laughing uncontrolably. lol

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                      • #12
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                        I can think of two awesome skipper's I've had that make all the others pale in comparison.

                        One was a girl, who used this very sweet, sing-song kind of voice to say the most horrifying things: "Those tigers will rip your arms off if you get too close boys and girls." In a voice like a slightly crazy kindergarten teacher. Now that I think of it, her voice, attitude, etc. reminds me a lot of the way Johnny Depp played Willie Wonka. Sweet, but actually insane. She made the ride awesome!

                        The other fantastic JC Skipper? Why Maynard of course!!!!

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                        • #13
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                          I wish I were a jungle cruise skipper. If I was, I would let somebody in the boat shoot the hippo just to get the people more involved in the ride. That would be cool.

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                            Re: Bad skipper on the Jungle Cruise

                            Originally posted by a_hyperbole
                            I can think of two awesome skipper's I've had that make all the others pale in comparison.

                            One was a girl, who used this very sweet, sing-song kind of voice to say the most horrifying things: "Those tigers will rip your arms off if you get too close boys and girls." In a voice like a slightly crazy kindergarten teacher. Now that I think of it, her voice, attitude, etc. reminds me a lot of the way Johnny Depp played Willie Wonka. Sweet, but actually insane. She made the ride awesome!

                            The other fantastic JC Skipper? Why Maynard of course!!!!
                            Maynard... now THERE'S a skipper! That guy deserves his own wacky ride

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                            • #15
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                              I've been on JC when they've skipped through the pirahnnas. It's uncool. They go through the whole trouble of redoing that whole area and then they don't use the jokes. However, I'd rather them skip it than have a horrible skipper. I've had some bad ones before. It makes me want to cry for them. And then go on it again and pray I don't get the same one.
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