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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Remove it and put in a private, V.I.P./celebrity inn that only the few "elite" can gain entrance to.

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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Toss an AP holder to the piranhas every half hour.
    j/k!
    I would say most of the things Skip came up with are brilliant and would actually enhance the ride instead of changing it. Otherwise, do nothing, please. No cheap overlays, no theming to whatever current piece of junk the studios are releasing: "G-force invades the Jungle!"

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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Quote Originally Posted by SnorkletsMom View Post
    "G-force invades the Jungle!"
    i just threw up in my mouth a little...
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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Maybe just change up the jokes or add new scenes.

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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Maybe make the ride more immersive by rigging the boats with jets that shoot air at people as they go by the tribal section? Sort of like in the Indy ride?

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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    If Disneyland was about Nastalgics, than we'd still have microwaves featured in tomorrowland.

    I think that it could use some updating to some of the animals to make it look a little bit more real, but i dont think it needs too much. Just utilizing todays technology. If they rethemed it i would protest, but updating is never a bad thing in my book.

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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Totally agree.. it's time to update the technology and experience, not the concept. I think what would disney do if they would creating this ride today... aside from tie it in to a movie theme (ack) what sort of technology and experience would produce a fun ride with some excitement and humor.

    I still think the original concept has legs and could really be turned in to something that involves more of the culture of the areas represented, more advanced technology as far as AI and animals go and bring the ride back to a ride and not a speed boat race through bad jokes.

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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    I like all the "scene" enhancements that Tech and other proposed and agree that the technology is behind but that's the fun. The skips make the show what it is so my major major enhancement would be to have better mics and speakers on the boats. When you're in the back with the engine gunning it through the scenes and the day tripping tourists jibber-jabbing then you can't hear the jokes and the banter. Sounds like you're in a Taco Bell drive through, "Can I have a Nachos Bell Grande and the Backside of Water please?"

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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Quote Originally Posted by paulthespecialist View Post
    I like all the "scene" enhancements that Tech and other proposed and agree that the technology is behind but that's the fun. The skips make the show what it is so my major major enhancement would be to have better mics and speakers on the boats. When you're in the back with the engine gunning it through the scenes and the day tripping tourists jibber-jabbing then you can't hear the jokes and the banter. Sounds like you're in a Taco Bell drive through, "Can I have a Nachos Bell Grande and the Backside of Water please?"
    That was as separate submission that I did in regards to boat mics/multi-directional speaker system/amp placement/volume knob placement...

    It's also buried on here somehwere (don't have time to research right now).

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    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
    There are 4 major issues we had with the sound system and we brought all of them to the attention of Management. When they ignored us we spoke with the Sound guys (as I said they're old friends). Then we went back to Management with even more... end result was nothing... but we tried.

    • Volume control placement- The volume knob is located on an amp, at the bottom of a compartment, behind a deadbolt, in front of the captain's crate, beneath the main boat console... gee how convenient! Everyone has a different voice. Some voices are louder, others are softer. Just trying to adjust the volume of the mic is an experiment in becoming a human pretzel. With minimal effort the volume knob can be moved to the side of the main console near the mic plug-in allowing for simple quick adjustment of the mic volume. I verified this with the boat mechanics prior to even bringing it up.


    • Microphone- The actual mics are so inconsistent. Some mics work absolutely great in one boat, but sound like a WW2 tin can in another. Part of this is the amp, part of it is the mic. Getting one standard brand of mic would go a long way towards consistency. A secondary issue is that the on/off does not toggle. The mics are "press to talk" so to deliver a spiel the Skip has to hold the button down the entire time. This leads to the "magic penny" trick where Skips will wedge a penny into the gap between the button and the mic case. It keeps the mic on but it has consequences. It also stretches out the button spring over time AND it can overheat the amp causing the sound system to go out. The Sound guys I knew were tolerant of the "magic penny" as long as we pulled it out at least twice on the trip, and while at the dock. This allowed the amp to cool and not be overused. One of the most common injuries on Jungle is tendinitis in the wrist and hand due to Skips holding down mic buttons. A simple button toggle or locking on switch would prevent that.


    • Amp- Not that they use great amps (they don't) but getting decent amps would clean up a lot of the sound issues. I already explained where the Amp is in the boat. I failed to mention that it isn't always properly secured, usually ends up near or in the bilge, and has minimal ventilation. In short... better placement and better amps would improve the sound system.


    • Speakers- I had the privilege of experiencing the sound system on the Hong Kong boats. I stress the word privilege, because that system was amazing. Their boats used multi-directional corner placement speakers which allowed for full boat coverage without being directly over someone's head. Our system uses an overhead "can" method which blares in the ears of anyone beneath it, but if you're 8ft on either side you can barely hear it. Speaker placement, and better speakers, would greatly improve the overall experience.

    Cost... the price tag on upgrading was why they never even bothered to request any of it. There are "tricks" we used to teach Skips. We used to teach them how to hold the mic, how to control their voice, things like that. But tricks only go so far, and you can only blame the Skipper so much. A major factor in the experience is being able to hear, and understand, what the Skip is saying. At some point in the future I hope Management revisits that topic.
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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Quote Originally Posted by plagued View Post
    the last time i went on the Juncle Cruise, the skipper actually DIDN'T make the "back side of water" joke!

    instead, he said something along the lines of:
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    "alright guys, and here to the left.. if you haven't yet seen Fantasmic!, don't worry. here's a little preview. *flashes lights on the water*"


    i thought it was hilarious!
    yes, i like that! i haven't heard it. but i think they reaalllly need a new script. I was on it thursday night and we had a full boat. the skipper said every typical line/joke and with no enthusiasm. i could definitely tell he was just saying his lines because he had to. even though most skippers say the usual lines they at least try to act like it is still exciting or add in a few new lines/jokes. i also liked when i wen ton one and the skipper kept acknowledging how oversaid his jokes were - i think there were less people and at night so he didnt have to worry too much about kids or first timers. in conclusion, a revamp to the script please!!!

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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quacky4Donald View Post
    Maybe make the ride more immersive by rigging the boats with jets that shoot air at people as they go by the tribal section? Sort of like in the Indy ride?
    They have a scene like this in Hong Kong's Jungle Cruise. The natives peer out behind shields, holding blowguns.
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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Quote Originally Posted by BoogaFrito View Post
    They have a scene like this in Hong Kong's Jungle Cruise. The natives peer out behind shields, holding blowguns.
    They also have the sliding crocs and an amazing speaker system
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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
    They also have the sliding crocs and an amazing speaker system
    Also Hippos with bad breath.

    But way too wide waterways. It's like floating through the parade corridor at DCA!
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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    Tech Skip has great ideas but I am afraid that they will get lost in translation to the powers that be. Keep it the same for my personal view.

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    Re: What to do with the Jungle Cruise?

    It ain't broke. Don't fix it. A saying that I wish Disney had paid heed to more than once in the past. It certainly applies to the Jungle Cruise.
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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