Wow! This is why working in the park for nearly 10 years, that the Magic is bigger and brighter for me than the day I started!I had a fairly good run when I was a CM, unfortunately circumstances beyond our control (the suits) decided they'd want to change how things are being ran as far as Jungle Cruise was concerned, and other little bad rumors flying around, I felt the best thing for me to do was leave before things got even worse. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved my job navigating through the rivers of adventure, but all the 'drama' caught up to me and unfortunately outweighed the good feeling I get each time I spiel.
As far as a GOOD experience goes, here's one that left just about everyone grabbing a tissue box after hearing it. The story starts off in the middle of my day, I'm coming back to the unload area after my break, ready to board my boat and pull up to the loading dock. There was this mother and her pre teen son sitting up front, still sitting there. Before I politely asked for them to leave, she insisted that they'd ride one more time because this is her son's favorite ride. I knew that it was a slow day, the lines were short, so why not let 'em on for one more ride? I pulled up to the loading dock, and started doing my spiel. As soon as I started to pull out of the loading dock, I knew this was going to be a rather lackluster bunch of people, they were unresponsive when I tried to warm up the crowd with the loading spiel stuff. Anyways, I shrug that off and continue onward with my spiel, and I glance over at this kid with a huge grin on his face, and so I just focused on spieling to him and his mom for the rest of the cruise while occasionally glancing back to the rest of the boat to see if they're still breathing, I know they sure as heck aren't laughing much. I forget which scene I was in, but he started bursting out laughing in the middle of one of my lines, and really threw me off my train of thought, but this was in a good way of course! I finish up my spiel, tell them they've been an outstanding crew, now I need them outstanding on the dock, get out! The mom and the son don't budge, they want on again?! "Ma'am, I hate to break it to you, the scenary doesn't change, and the jokes don't get any better." "I know" she replies, "But it's his favorite ride." "Ok, one more time around, and then you've gotta get going, and go see the rest of the park!" She nods. I pull back up to the loading dock again, and once again, another lackluster bunch of people. (I'm beginning to wonder what's wrong with these people, why aren't they laughing? Am I really that bad? Do I smell funny? Ok, I'll blame the jungle for my lack of showering, but what's going on?!) This time, I decide to change things up just for the two sitting up front, and more big grins from his face, and random bursts of laughter. I decide to let this kid help me steer out of the really dangerous and scary temple, and I've noticed his mom is helping him stand up and supporting his backside. Uh oh, maybe this isn't such a good idea after all? I take it easy on the throttle so we don't go too fast in there and help him with the wheel while getting really nervous about not hitting the pillars and avoiding the snakes. We finally managed to get out alive, thank goodness, thanks to my brave captain taking over when I was too chicken to do it myself. I pull up to the unload dock again, and I gave him a guest skippers liscense for helping me out, and he just kept on grinning really big. His mother thanks me for letting them on so many times, and says: "This is his absolute favorite ride, you have no idea. If he was able to speak, and able to reach your age, he'd probably be doing your job. You granted his big wish, how did you know he wanted to steer?" Before I started letting the waterworks get to me, I just reply "I'm a skipper ma'am. I know things "