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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyMouse View Post
    I noticed that there is a log with butterflies (much like the butterflies at WDW), though don't think there is a joke for it in the OG yet (if there is, no was used time on it).
    I was going to respond then I saw this
    Quote Originally Posted by nolimit View Post
    That little area where the log is located is actually a rainforest, though most people dont realize it. There actually are OG jokes for this area but most skippers choose not to use any jokes here as they are doing there welcome and safety spiel through this area. Its just not a big scene, and a rather boring scene as well, though I think there are some decent jokes for the scene. I honestly dont even know any of them, never really cared to put them in my spiel.
    Which in a way made me cry. There are O.G. Jokes for that area, some work others not so much. There are some HYSTERICAL non-O.G. Jokes for that area. What made me sad is that Skips are now brushing past it. Getting the Safety Spiel in is easy, introduction is pretty simple, but some have chosen to stretch out both so as to avoid the Rainforest. Like I said made me cry.

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyMouse View Post
    I'm wondering the amount of liberty the Skippers have. I used to see some who seemed to jump all over the boat. There were times when accents were used, though I was told by a TDA trainer that people were not allowed to use accents to prevent people from being offended.
    Define "liberty" is it the amount of stuff they can do and not answer for when caught... or just what they can do? If it is the former then not much Liberty, if it is the latter then you are on your own for 6.5 minutes (1 minute between Sam and Rainforest) just don't get caught!

    As to accents. I know nothing about an Irish, Scottish, British, Russian, German, Bronx, or Asian (general Asian broken English spiels) accents... Nor do I know the Skippers who may or may not have used such accents. But I am sure a brief review of this thread will uncover a couple stories that may help in that area.

    Quote Originally Posted by nolimit View Post
    As we have said before, it is tough to keep a high energy level day after day, trip after trip. i just found out that I have yet another full week of jungle next week, which will make me at 3 full consecutive weeks of jungle. My jungle spirit is quickly fading, to say the least.
    A simple challenge. Go through the O.G. and select 2 or 3 jokes you would never use. Use them that day and try to figure out a way to make them funny. Next day repeat the process with 2 or 3 different jokes. In a week you will have learned between 10 and 15 jokes, entertained yourself, and expanded your joke stockpile. If you chose to deliver the same spiel over, and over, and over, and over, and over, then you don't really expand your own horizons and you will ultimately bore the crap out of yourself. The added bonus is that by tweaking old jokes you develop new ones and can then submit them to hopefully be approved. The old comment "Not what you say, how you say it"... you could easily memorize the entire spiel and not be able to deliver any of them in a funny manner. Trust me most of that O.G. is not really that funny. But if you pay close attention to 2 or 3 jokes per day you will find a great way to deliver them, keep that in your back pocket. Next thing you know you have 2 or 3 spiels that work well, and you can start really changing up jokes when you have a Manager or a Heckler. Another challenge is to see how many trips you can take without repeating a single joke. My personal best was 5. (would have been 6 but I badly wanted to do the Cannibal Cafe menu)

    Energy and enthusiasm are tough to keep up. And on top of that, quite a few skippers have gotten sick lately and that makes it even harder.
    Sorry to hear about the sick Skips... spreads pretty quickly on the J.C. when it's cold and everyone is sharing mics
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    Re: Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)

    I have heard some of the non-OG rainforest jokes and will admit that they are very good. The OG ones I really havent payed much attention to. I will have to take a look at that though.

    As far as trying the new jokes thing and whatnot...The past week I got extremely sick from closing every night, to the point that my voice would barely make it through an entire trip. I wasnt able to concentrate at all, and reading the OG and trying to learn wouldnt help this. Having this much jungle would be an okay thing for me if I wasnt feeling as bad as i was/am. My heart is currently just not there. And those mic's are the best way to get someone else sick, as I experienced. No fun. I have been telling myself everyday that I should pull out the OG and look for new stuff though, just have yet to get around to it.

    I really just cannot believe that I havent even so much as gotten a parade shift in the past month. I dont even have very much seniority, yet I am constantly at jungle. Not all closing shifts either. Its confusing, but oh well. I just wish I had a couple more days to get better before I get back out there.

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    Re: Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)

    Quote Originally Posted by nolimit View Post
    I have heard some of the non-OG rainforest jokes and will admit that they are very good. The OG ones I really havent payed much attention to. I will have to take a look at that though.
    IMO nothing will ever compare to "Proof of Life". Hope ya get better, and if you are loosing your voice talk to scheduling and see if they can trade you out.
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    Just a quick good memory. Last night Huell Howser had his show on PBS. This one was about a little store in LA called Galco's (sp). Main thing is they specialize in hard to find old style soda pop in glass bottles. One of the Skips would frequent that store and always brought interesting drinks to the dock. On one occasion he brought us Moxie... not sure if anyone on here is old enough to remember Moxie... let's say it makes Mountain Dew look like water. So he brings us Moxie, has one and hands a bottle to each of us (4 total). He really picked the wrong 3 to hand it to. The Lead was beside himself because all 4 of us were overly hyper for several hours. We were like little kids who had way too much sugar, playing pranks, spieling line jokes, boats were a blast... using props etc.

    That memory was so strong that the minute Huell mentioned Moxie I fell off the couch laughing and my wife just sat there starring at me. It was one of those obscure stories/inside jokes that I had to explain to her. The Skip who did it was kindly informed not to share that respective drink with us again! For the next month or so the tagline was "What you think you've got Moxie?" So if you really love your crew, or hate your lead, bring in some Moxie and enjoy the show.
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    Re: Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)

    Since Mouse mentioned accents I thought I would also include these three little sidelines.

    There once was a Skip, no longer there, who sang the entire spiel to Opera. It was absolutely hysterical when he took those cruises. I specifically remember the choice "Flight of the Valkyrie" for the translation at the Village.

    "There coming to get you"
    "There coming to get you"
    "The kid in the red shirt is gonna be next!"

    There were a couple Skips who took the time to compose poetry, and managed to do the entire spiel in it. I don't remember the whole thing but it was amazing to hear. Not something I could do, hats off to them for getting the whole thing to tempo, rhyme, and theme.

    My little contributions were the Herd and the extensions of Cannibal Cafe, Python's Tree, and Banana Republic. I enjoyed confusing people and watching their faces as I spun the stories. I took delight in the individuals who would claim "been on it a million times heard everything there is to hear" and then I would shock them!

    One Skip was really really bored, so he took the little bongo drums on a cruise. He talked a little kid in the front into keeping a beat... then did the entire thing in Reggae... that was fun! He even did a whole "Lion sleeps tonight" number at the Veldt.

    This wasn't every boat. It was usually a bored Skip who just wanted to do something to break the monotony. The other issue is the boat. If you have a dead boat, no one even paying attention, then having any enthusiasm is difficult. A dead boat will sap the energy right out of you. Some Skips go for that fake energy, but honestly the crew hates fake energy as much as the Skip hates fake laughing. So as I have said before on here, to "You only get out of it what you put into it... so if you don't put any energy or effort into it then don't whine when the Skips doesn't do his best" The other thing is that Skips are NOT required to be funny, and i have known several who love to give the National Geographic spiel to a dead boat... and a few who would use this on a stowaway manager as well!
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    Re: Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)

    I would love to do a whole Musical Theatre Cruise! Hum, though how much trouble would one be in if a manager saw that? I mean it's one thing to add a little thing here and there, but some of that seems way out there.

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    Re: Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)

    As long as you don't do "The Internet is for Porn" from Avenue Q.
    The Right Honorable Count Boogie Bonz of Random, at your service.

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    Re: Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyMouse View Post
    I would love to do a whole Musical Theatre Cruise! Hum, though how much trouble would one be in if a manager saw that? I mean it's one thing to add a little thing here and there, but some of that seems way out there.
    Simple answer... don't get caught.
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    As long as you don't do "The Internet is for Porn" from Avenue Q.
    Na, you just change all the words.

    The Jungle Cruise is really really great... For puns!

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    Re: Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)

    Spoiler

    KATE
    The Jungle is really really great
    TREKKIE MONSTER
    For puns
    KATE
    Iíve got Disney's Fast Pass so i donít have to wait
    TREKKIE
    For puns
    KATE
    Huh?
    There's always some new jokes
    TREKKIE
    or puns
    I boat all day and night
    TREKKIE
    For puns
    KATE
    It's like Iím joking at the speed of light
    TREKKIE
    With puns
    KATE
    Trekkie!

    TREKKIE
    The Jungle Cruise is for puns
    KATE
    Trekkie!
    TREKKIE
    The iJungle Cruise is for puns,
    KATE
    What are you doing!?
    TREKKIE
    Why you think the Cruise was born?
    Puns Puns Puns

    Iím glad we have this new technology
    TREKKIE
    For puns
    KATE
    Which gives us untold opportunity
    TREKKIE
    For puóoops, sorry
    KATE
    Right from our own dock
    TREKKIE
    For ---
    KATE
    You can line up, wait, and ride
    Until youíve had enough and your ready to stop
    TREKKIE
    FOR PUNS!!


    Trekkie!
    TREKKIE
    The Jungle Cruise is for puns!
    KATE
    Noooo
    TREKKIE
    The Jungle Cruise is for puns!
    KATE
    Trekkie
    TREKKIE
    Me up all night thinking of new puns, puns, puns!

    KATE
    Thatís silly youíre a skipper
    TREKKIE
    Ah, sticks and stones Kate monster
    KATE
    NO really, your a skipper
    Normal people donít sit at home and think
    Of puns for the Jungle Cruise
    TREKKIE
    Ohhhh?
    KATE
    What?!
    TREKKIE
    You have no idea
    Ready normal people?

    NORMAL PEOPLE
    Ready--- ready ----ready

    TREKKIE
    Let me hear it!

    TREKKIE AND GUYS
    The Jungle Cruise is for puns!
    PRINCETON
    Sorry kate
    TREKKIE AND GUYS
    The Jungle Cruise is for puns!
    PRINCETON
    I stay up late!
    TREKKIE AND GUYS
    All these guys don't sleep at night
    For puns, puns, puns!

    KATE
    The Jungle Cruise is not for puns!!

    TREKKIE AND GUYS
    PUNS!, PUNS, P---

    KATE
    HOLD ON A SECOND!

    Now i know for a fact that you, Rob, watch ride videos and practice the O.G.

    ROB
    Thatís correct.

    KATE
    And Brian, think of new material to tell during your shift

    BRIAN
    Sure!

    KATE
    And Gary, you keep selling "souvenirs" from the jungle on eBay

    GARY
    Yes I do!

    KATE
    And Princeton, you sent me that sweet invite for your next shift

    PRINCETON
    True!

    TREKKIE
    Oh, but Kate-
    What you think he do . . .after? hmm?

    PRINCETON
    . .yeah

    KATE
    AAAAAWWWWW!
    TREKKIE AND GUYS
    The Jungle Cruise is for puns!
    KATE
    NOOO!
    TREKKIE AND GUYS
    The Jungle Cruise is for puns!
    KATE
    I hate puns
    TREKKIE AND GUYS
    Grab your pen and write them in
    KATE
    I hate you skippers!
    TREKKIE AND GUYS
    Those puns puns puns
    (harmonizing) puns, puns, puns, puns
    KATE
    Iím leaving!
    TREKKIE AND GUYS
    puns, puns, puns, puns
    puns, puns, puns, puns
    KATE
    I hate the Jungle Cruise!
    TREKKIE AND GUYS
    puns, puns, puns, puns

    TREKKIE
    The Jungle Cruise is for

    TREKKIE AND SOME
    The Jungle Cruise is for

    TREKKIE AND ALL
    The Jungle Cruise is for PUNS!

    TREKKIE
    YEAH!


    I took that idea and shamelessly ran with it. Spoilered for being HUGE. I hope I managed to catch all offensive parts. If not, let me know so I can. Hope you enjoy.

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    Wow... kudos for being creative... I will read the whole thing when I have a moment. The recent April Fools reminded me of a couple decent pranks.

    There were 2 Skips who will remain nameless who decided to have a little fun on April Fools. Each prank happened on a different year but it was the same basic concept. One put his arm in a sling, the other wrapped up his leg in an ace bandage and walked with a cane. Both were good enough to fool the Lead, after it was explained that they were ok the Manager was called down. The Manager immediately sent them to Transitional Duty to be reassigned, and refused to allow them to work until they were cleared by medical! So the two went walking back to Medical not knowing the Manager called ahead. They walk in explaining what they had done as a prank.. and the Nurses played along with the Manager... this of course was before we had CDS and all that crap... The Nurses ran them through their paces then handed them a note. On the walk back the Skip opened the note to read "April Fool's" and the manager's name. In both cases they ended up being paid for their time but the memories are hysterical. One of those rare cases where the Manager got the last laugh.
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    Speaking of ducks. I have no clue as to the "why" but I remember a specific duck that landed on the Amazon. It refused to leave. I actually settled down next to the sign and sat there for several trips. It was on the Dock side but didn't care when the boat loaded or unloaded. It literally sat there prompting many to question if it was even real. I also remember a couple occasions when a Skip got a face full of feathers, and at least two instances of ducklings running into the line.
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    Had a couple of "fix it" comments.

    Jungle Skips have a tradition of donating to the Boathouse, sometimes when they leave, other times before. Usually it is a personal souvenir or article, left behind to remind others of their departure but subtle enough to maintain the theme. One Skip donated 2 pictures. Sadly 1 of them was stolen, the other remained. A lead was adjusting another picture when it fell, knocking the donation loose and causing it to fall to the floor shattering the glass. The lead was heartbroken, and he picked all the glass out of the frame so as to disguse the fact that the picture had no glass. The frame was damaged in a couple spots, but there wasn't much that could be done. He hung it back up and hoped for the best. You couldn't call it in to be repaired because on the back was a specific inscription from the Skip who donated it. Within a week it was gone, and the Crew was heartbroken. Some time later the Lead walked in to open up and there it was, no hanging, but firmly fixed to the wall. The frame had been touched up, new glass, re-centered and looking brand new in that old fashioned way. On the counter was a folded notecard. It looked like one of those "reserved" cards you see at some functions. The Lead opened it and read the following "It may not be official, but it belongs, thanks for letting us borrow it!"

    The other "fix-it" story is equally fun in that sentimental sort of way. Part of the pride of Jungle is being self sufficient. We are masters of zip ties, duct tape, super glue, and a swiss army knife. If a screw came loose on a box, we'd fix it! It usually only if it was a safety hazard that we would call it in. By comparison there are multiple Attractions that will call in a variety of nitpicky type things. A lot of times the "broken" things looked better, part of the theme. Well the trackswitch box fell apart one day. In our defense we tried to fix it. We couldn't. So we called! Out comes a CM, we'll call him "Joe". Joe pulls out 4 or 5 long screws and quickly fixes the box. We say thank you. He then notices that a board on the lid is missing. Sheepishly the Lead goes into the office and retrives the missing board. This board had been re-attached to the box so many times that it was impossible to make a new screw hole. Joe kept trying different combinations and every time all the holes would line up. Finally he took out his measuring tape and scratched some numbers on a pad. Then he turned around and asked about a few other missing boards. Some of them had been missing so long only the faint outline could be seen, the rest had weathered in. Out comes the measuring tape, down go more numbers. The way a work order works is that you call it in, and depending on how important it is it could be a week, it could be a month. Joe left and came back 20 minutes later with a handful of boards and more screws. His comment was that we call so rarely that when we call they want to make it count! Because these boards were new we tried to touch them up with brown shoe polish after he left. Later that week the Paint Shop was out painting planters in Adventureland. While walking past they noticed our handiwork. Within a week Paint Shop was by and touched them up with brown paint. They had the same comment Joe had about us never calling. But as everyone said, that was Jungle, we generally could handle it.
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    Re: Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)

    why do I feel like the CMs from your time could get away with a lot more than we can now
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    Re: Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)

    Quote Originally Posted by DLcastmbr View Post
    why do I feel like the CMs from your time could get away with a lot more than we can now
    It is all a matter of how you look at things. This topic actually came up today. Today my daughter had her 4th BDay party. One of the guys in attendance was a former Skip and close friend. For those who are current Skips, he was one of the "3 Amigos" (myself included as well as one other guy) I've known him a long time, my kids call him Uncle... and it is amazing how a big guy will bend over backwards for his little nieces and nephew! Ok back on track. Like I said the question came up.

    Basically IMO it is a combination of two things. It comes down to how much you trust your crew, and how strict the Management/Lead team is. The first is by far the most important. There are ways of doing things, but if your crew rats you out then that's it. Plausible deniability... give the Lead an "out" if at all possible. Also know that definitive line between what you can do, and what you can't do. A lot of what we did we were able to do because we knew and trusted those around us. We also took care not to piss anyone off, Guest or CM. A pissed off Guest will complain, a pissed off CM will cause an equal amount of internal trouble.
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