Today (12/13) somewhere around 3:30 - 4:00 PM, my daughter and I were traversing the Rivers of America aboard a Davy Crockett Explorer Canoe. We kept getting to close to the wake of the Columbia and had to stop paddling at least three different times.
At one point the canoe that left after us actually caught up with us (this I am used to, it happens all the time), and headed (for fun) nose first right at us, steering away at the very last moment.
Fortunately all was calm, but then as we began paddling to get away from the second canoe, we approached the rear of the Columbia a bit too quickly.
Our 'navigator' at the rear of the canoe who controls the rudder did not react quickly enough and our canoe seemingly out of contriol began swinging its rear end into the stern of the Columbia.
A couple of guests in our canoe began to scream and several guests began jabbing at the Columbia with paddles in an attempt to distance ourselves and avert a collision.
Our CM working the rudder quickly (and sounding more than a bit frightened herself) began announcing "Please dio NOT use your paddles to push off the Columbia, and please don't scream!'
Our canoe did glance off the stern of rear of the Columbia, and we made our way back to the dock. As a parent, I was a bit rattled, and grateful my daughter took it all in fun.
I couldn't help noticing the large number of temporary CMs working for the holiday crowds. I'm wondering if this was the case on the canoes. I recognized some of the CMs from perevious visits, but not these.