And hope its something I will never, ever have to experience again! We had a woman get physically violent with any guest sitting within kicking or hitting range just right past the elephant bathing scene. This included not just adults but her first few kicks were towards an area where small children were sitting. My fiancee and I were right up front next to the skipper and I can not commend him enough for handling the situation as calmly as he did -- we felt so bad for him. His hands were shaking horribly when he was loading the caps, I don't blame him though, I was shaking by the time we got off!! Thanks to the boards I knew exactly what he was doing and told my fiancee he was going to fire off shots to let the dock know we would be coming back fast!
I tell you, I never wanted to hear all of the corny jokes as much as I did as were bumping full boar back to the docks. I am not sure exactly what was wrong with the woman but there was something off (if I had to guess I would say possibly autistic but that would just be an educated guess at best) - I have never, ever in my life seen someone get so angry and physically violent for no reason besides the fact that the poor people were sitting in front of her and looked at her. What was more unfortunate is that neither she or the older woman who was with her spoke english at all. I didn't recognize the language they were speaking but it made it very difficult for anyone around (including the skipper) to communicate with the woman with her.
It actually took 3 large men to restrain the woman and thank goodness for them! The woman that was with her could not control her at all - not sure what would have happened had they men not acted. My stomach dropped when the guy she had been kicking jumped her (I thought he was retaliating) but he was the first to start to hold her down. And I know that sounds horrible but they were trying to be as gentle as possible to not hurt her and the mans wife was actually sitting next to them monitoring what was happening.
So yeah -- out of the umpteen million times I have been to Disneyland this was definitely a first (and I hope a last) seeing anything like this.
I came back (we rode the ride again right before closing - just to kinda end the day on the ride on a good note) and made sure to get the name of the skipper and wrote a very long compliment letter for him at City Hall as I had a feeling there would probably be a lot of people from the boat there to complain (they shut the ride down and not that I expected it, but they didn't offer anyone a chance to ride again-which is totally understable). I wanted to make sure someone knew he really did do a good job with a very difficult and dangerous situation!
Sorry this came out so long -- it was just so unbelievable -- I felt like I stepped on to the boat to bizarro world! Oh and what made it worse, is we actually had a funny, interactive skipper first time in a while! I felt jipped!