Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)
I would have posted this on a similar thread but it is locked so here's a new one. I'm not talking about the pranks in MouseTails (Did some of those), I'm talking about the pranks you didn't read about or didn't hear about. It is one thing when a Skip plays with the crew, quite another when they prank their own. Here are a couple examples
Instead of loading the gun before switching the Skipper loads 2 spent rounds, then cleverly tucks the lanyard UNDER the ammo box. When the poor Skip goes to fire at the Hippos the lanyard causes the box to spill all over... effect was amazing.
Skippers love to unplug the mic but leave it in a position so it looks like it is still plugged in. Usually the other Skip wouldn't figure out it was unplugged until most of the crew was loaded, then they would scramble to try and find out what the "problem" was. A couple old skips would use their own mic, so they would tangle 2 or 3 together then leave all 3 unplugged.... was mean but funny. Another trick is to turn down the volume, that always got them too.
Once every so often the falls would be off. If both Skips are in on it you can have an amazing effect. The Skip approaching the waterfall does the usual yell etc... the Skip behind yells just as hard pulling desperately to try and avoid the boat... I've WATCHED whole crews jump on the center box scared out of their mind... mean but funny. We decided to pull this on one Skip at the backside, he wasn't told about it, made him laugh so hard he DROPPED the mic. (Asian tour group everyone ran for the right side)
I could also do a whole thing on Dock jokes... we held a Sumo match once. Water Wars... best way to beat a code 90 is a lot of cold water flying at ya out of nowhere. But I want to hear other stories from some of the older skips.
Jungle Cruise... OUR tales!
This is in response to the "What didn't make it in MouseTales?" questions people have sent me lately. We NEVER did things to get written into the books. We did them for our own amusement, for the fun of it, and in honor of our fellow Skips. I am honored to say that I personally know some of those cited in Mousetales. I'll start with one, names have been changed to protect the hysterical.
It was Jen's last day, she'd been a Skip for several years and all of us hated that she was leaving. Don't get me wrong, she was marrying a Marine, we just all felt bad so we planned a little going away present. Jen was a HUGE Indy fan, knew the movies and quoted them all the time. John came up with a thought. As usual he was in full British dress uniform, slightly Jungle modified of course. He snagged a couple pirate swords and ran for Indy's exit. Jen's last boat loaded up, full of Skips, and she had just made it past the rainforest when John had a little fun. He'd talked several CM's into "blocking off" the exit for a couple moments. He RAN, pulling out swords swinging them wildly, EXACTLY like the movie. Jen screamed, laughed, and shot him with the pistol... best dying scene ever... he fell over the rail. Afterwards it was a quick getaway. Managers questioned all of us but never figured it out... Like I said we all loved Jen and were sad to see her go, but we made her day!
Re: Jungle Cruise Antics (Merged)
Silent Skipper... great prank that most current Skippers probably don't even know about.
Worked best at night- You take 2 Skippers with completely different voices. Something like a Big Gruff Guy... and a cute soft girl voice. Guy sits down in the front right side, hiding a mic that is actually plugged in. We would usually wear an Indy brown jacket to try and "blend in" so no one would notice us. Girl would stand at the helm, holding a mic that looked like it was plugged in... it wasn't. She would mime the words... he would say them. Imagine an absolutely beautiful girl standing at the helm spieling with the gruffest, loudest, harshest man voice you have ever heard. Top that off with one other fact. She has no clue what He will say. She has to do a sort of mime improv, he could say ANYTHING about EITHER SIDE of the boat and she has to point and make it look like she said it. Then on the next trip you flip the roles and have the big tough guy with a really cute girly voice... do the same thing. Regardless of how the tour went at the end both would stand up, revealing the joke and accepting the bewildered applause of the crew!
It was things like this, and jokes like Banana Republic, that made kept your mind sharp. You weren't afraid to imrpov, it became a natural reaction! There was a lot of failure... but that's how you learn.