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    Smile Re: The Jungle Cruise

    By far the biggest perk to working on the Jungle Cruise was the chick magnet potential. No matter what the skipper looked like as long as you were witty, flirty and outgoing you would more than likely get a few phone numbers by the end of your shift. It wasn't a bad gig really. Your costume was pretty cool, with your khaki pants and fedora, you looked like an Indiana Jones in training. You were paid to "drive" a boat, tell jokes and flirt with girls.

    oh and by the way, here's something for the ladies. If any skipper ever tells you that you are a very courteous guest, be flattered. A "courtesy" is secret speak for "hottie". You might hear something like "Hey skip, I see you have quite a few courteous guests aboard your boat".

    I'm not sure if they still do this or not but we used to have a spiel for the que as well. Every 15 minutes or so we would get on our PA and make a few announcements, which were usually wisecracks or jokes that were meant to be very subtle. It was just to give the guest an idea of what to expect just in case they thought this was a serious ride.

    and speaking of serious rides I once had an entire boat full of Japanese tourists (at least i think they were Japanese). I started off saying the spiel but they were all engrossed in their own conversations and picture taking that I just gave up and would not say anything untill we reached a good photo op, then I would tell them "Photo!" and they would get all excited and start taking pictures like crazy. I did this for the entire ride. It was actualy pretty funny and they enjoyed themselves.

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    Re: The Jungle Cruise

    /\ Lol.

    Yeah I have a copy of the old approved Disneyland "Survival Guide". Its amazing with so many approved jokes that (at least in WDW) Skippers so often make up thier own...ones with real world references that are not always that funny (and as a JC fan annoying too).

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    Re: The Jungle Cruise

    They still do announcements from time to time. The best one was when a skipper said, "Can I have your attention please? I have an announcement" Everyone went quiet and a few moments later he came on again and said, "Thank you." Something like that... it was funny.

    our last guy was great. At the end of the ride he did the "para docks" joke then said, "And a now yo'ull be helped out of the boat by a 'para dorks'." It was hilarious.
    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed
    It was pain
    Sunny days and rain
    I knew you'd feel the same things...





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    Re: The Jungle Cruise

    i love the pair-a-docks/paradox one. probably my favorite ever.


    our last skipper used an almost singing voice. which wasnt so bad except it was almost impossible to understand what he was saying. i recognized a lot of the jokes from hearing them before so i could fill in the blanks but my friends were clueless on most of them.

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    Re: The Jungle Cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by ExJungleSkipper95
    By far the biggest perk to working on the Jungle Cruise was the chick magnet potential. No matter what the skipper looked like as long as you were witty, flirty and outgoing you would more than likely get a few phone numbers by the end of your shift. It wasn't a bad gig really. Your costume was pretty cool, with your khaki pants and fedora, you looked like an Indiana Jones in training. You were paid to "drive" a boat, tell jokes and flirt with girls.

    oh and by the way, here's something for the ladies. If any skipper ever tells you that you are a very courteous guest, be flattered. A "courtesy" is secret speak for "hottie". You might hear something like "Hey skip, I see you have quite a few courteous guests aboard your boat".

    I'm not sure if they still do this or not but we used to have a spiel for the que as well. Every 15 minutes or so we would get on our PA and make a few announcements, which were usually wisecracks or jokes that were meant to be very subtle. It was just to give the guest an idea of what to expect just in case they thought this was a serious ride.

    and speaking of serious rides I once had an entire boat full of Japanese tourists (at least i think they were Japanese). I started off saying the spiel but they were all engrossed in their own conversations and picture taking that I just gave up and would not say anything untill we reached a good photo op, then I would tell them "Photo!" and they would get all excited and start taking pictures like crazy. I did this for the entire ride. It was actualy pretty funny and they enjoyed themselves.
    Dear God sounds like my dream job.

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    Re: The Jungle Cruise

    I worked in the Jungle during 1988-90. There was a skipper named Mark (a lifer) who would always say at unload, "...you'll be helped out by the rear. That's...ladies[I] only [I]please." I thought that was so lame, it was hilarious. My favorite unload spiel to give was...
    Me: And over here, we have Larry and his lovely wife Joe on the docks. They will help you out of the boat.
    One of the guys on the docks leans in and says: Oh we're not married!
    Me: You're not married? Are you living in sin?
    Unloader: No, we're living in Fullerton!

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    Re: The Jungle Cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by Alice's Wonderland
    I love the jungle cruise! My favorite line is at the end when the skipper says "watch your step and watch your head. And if you miss your step and hit your head watch your language because Disneyland is a family place" Makes me laugh everytime.
    We still use this line anytime a group of us is getting out of a vehicle and I giggle every time! For all you Skippers, YOU ROCK! The last time I rode the JC I was the only one laughing and I felt bad for our guide.

    Thanks for this post. Sometimes it is hard to hear everything they say and I have never heard the snake H-I-S-S-I-N-G joke...very funny!

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    Re: The Jungle Cruise

    My favorite skipper was during my Christmas trip in 2000. He called my brother "backwards hat boy" and kept mentioning him during his spiel. When the ride was over he announced "Make sure to catch the next adventure of backwards hat boy at an attraction near you."


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