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    reactions from the jungle cruise

    One thing I cannot stand while on jungle cruise are people who are boring. I'm sure we have all been on these tours where the skippers are cracking the spiel jokes, and the guests have looks on their faces like "whens the ride over?" Common, it's not the skippers faults that the spiel jokes are well, unfunny. I think people could show a little more gratitude sometimes. Even a smile wouldn't hurt. Sometimes people say nothing, they don't laugh. I have been on a few tours where the skipper says "these jokes aren't gonna get any better folks". I just think that skippers should be shown back the humor that they give. I always have a smile on my face, I still laugh at some of the jokes, it's the least I can do. If you don't feel like laughing, or you think the jokes on Jungle Cruise are lame, don't ride it. Next time you go on Jungle Cruise, even if your faking it, show some humor. Just because other people don't, doesn't mean you don't have to either.

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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    Yeah. A mopey boat is worse than an unfunny skipper. Acually both are bad.

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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    lol oh yes.

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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    well the way i see it, being a skipper is basically being a performer; and like performers one has to endure repeat performances. so Imagen a skipper giving the same spiel for at least an hour straight and Imagen how mind numbing it can become. On the other hand if that preform anit any good then they may not deserve that smile or applause.

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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    it's not the jokes....it's the delivery

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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by fantoongal View Post
    it's not the jokes....it's the delivery
    Very true. This weekend we had a skipper who, although she gave the regular spiel and all the same jokes, was great because of her delivery. Even though we'd heard it all before, she did make us laugh.

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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    I think the majority of the skippers are hilarious and do a great job. I think the two problems are being able to hear them and their delivery.

    The boats are so loud, the sippers have a tendency to stick the mic down their throats and shout into them. This creates distortion and combined with the sound of the boat many times I can't hear a word they are saying. I don't laugh because often I don't even know when they are delivering the punchline.

    I have found that the funniest skippers tend to talk more slowly. The jokes they say in general are really dumb but if delivered correctly they can be hilarious. A few weeks ago I had one skipper saying some jokes but his delivery was perfect. He was saying many of the same jokes you always hear plus a couple of newer ones. But it was in his delivery. I was literally rolling over in laughter the entire cruise!

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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    I have sat bored through more than on jungle cruise ride and it's not the jokes, it is the skippers delivery, or lack of delivery or trying to talk with the mic in their mouth so all you hear is noise and no actual words.

    That being said, we only go on that ride about once every year or two. We like to give it a chance to see if it's improved.

    We did get a really good skipper a few times way in the past. I mean it's been about 8 years. The ride is fun when the skipper is good, but they seem to be few and far between.

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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    A quiet boat can also be fun, and sometimes a Skipper will actually underestimate a boat. They'll come back to the dock thinking "Man I blew it" and people will clap and compliment them. Some people don't want to laugh too hard because it is hard to hear at times and they do not want to miss anything or disturb anyone else.

    Everyone usually enjoys a loud, boisterous boat, but those can get out of hand if the Skipper or the Guests don't pay attention. It's fun, but sometimes the Skipper can get carried away and too loud not realizing there are people DIRECTLY under the speakers who are now putting their fingers in their ears. A loud boat can also be annoying if they are being fake, and overly loud on purpose.

    Bottom line, Skips play to the crowd. You have fun, they have fun, boat usually has a lot of fun. As bad as it sounds the majority of them will only put in so much effort before they give up and call it a lost cause. If the boat is completely unresponsive at some point the Skipper may go into autopilot. In essence it is like any live show, some of the performance may be the same day in and day out but if the crowd is "on" the cast will play to that and the show ends up being more then the standard venue.

    For the current Skips here is some food for thought.
    • Tailor the jokes to suit you personal taste. Re word it if you have to so it sounds like you said it and not like you read it.
    • Time your jokes, and make them count. There is no need for a giant monologue from beginning to end, pick a few jokes and deliver them well.
    • Include the crew... interaction can liven up the quietest boat.
    • Experiment; don't be afraid to try different jokes, different characters, or just different ways of delivering old favorites. Spice is the flavor of life.
    • Learn the boats. Take the time to figure out which boats are loud, which mics work best with certain PA's. Which boats are slow and which ones are decent. You can pull a really funny gag called "slow boat chase scene" if you have a real winner.
    • Have FUN
    More then anything else I hate mediocrity especially on that dock. Hopefully at some point the Jungle will begin to turn around.
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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    I wonder if first timers know what to expect when they get on the jungle cruise... it may not be their fault when they start hearing the jokes.....
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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    To me, riding the jungle cruise, is like going to a funny movie. I go in with a "I'm going to have fun" attitude and the more people who see you enjoying yourself will feel free to enjoy themselves. Laughter is contageous!

    Plus it helps when your wife laughs at everything. Skippers should hire her to ride the boats all day.
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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    I agree with speaking more slowly and more clearly, and when you are going for a killer joke, turn down the engine. And nothing is worse than a distorted mic and speaker. Sure, I know the line, because I've heard it before.
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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
    A quiet boat can also be fun, and sometimes a Skipper will actually underestimate a boat. They'll come back to the dock thinking "Man I blew it" and people will clap and compliment them. Some people don't want to laugh too hard because it is hard to hear at times and they do not want to miss anything or disturb anyone else.

    Everyone usually enjoys a loud, boisterous boat, but those can get out of hand if the Skipper or the Guests don't pay attention. It's fun, but sometimes the Skipper can get carried away and too loud not realizing there are people DIRECTLY under the speakers who are now putting their fingers in their ears. A loud boat can also be annoying if they are being fake, and overly loud on purpose.

    Bottom line, Skips play to the crowd. You have fun, they have fun, boat usually has a lot of fun. As bad as it sounds the majority of them will only put in so much effort before they give up and call it a lost cause. If the boat is completely unresponsive at some point the Skipper may go into autopilot. In essence it is like any live show, some of the performance may be the same day in and day out but if the crowd is "on" the cast will play to that and the show ends up being more then the standard venue.

    For the current Skips here is some food for thought.
    • Tailor the jokes to suit you personal taste. Re word it if you have to so it sounds like you said it and not like you read it.
    • Time your jokes, and make them count. There is no need for a giant monologue from beginning to end, pick a few jokes and deliver them well.
    • Include the crew... interaction can liven up the quietest boat.
    • Experiment; don't be afraid to try different jokes, different characters, or just different ways of delivering old favorites. Spice is the flavor of life.
    • Learn the boats. Take the time to figure out which boats are loud, which mics work best with certain PA's. Which boats are slow and which ones are decent. You can pull a really funny gag called "slow boat chase scene" if you have a real winner.
    • Have FUN
    More then anything else I hate mediocrity especially on that dock. Hopefully at some point the Jungle will begin to turn around.
    Fancy seeing you here, tech! Wow there sure are a lot of JC topics being explored right now aren't there?

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    Re: reactions from the jungle cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    Fancy seeing you here, tech! Wow there sure are a lot of JC topics being explored right now aren't there?
    Things tend to run in cycles... guess Jungle is the topic for the time being. I'm just trying to use it as a positive note in hopes that some of the CURRENT Skips have a peak.

    Also thought some would be interested in this
    http://www.micechat.com/forums/showt...ept-73541.html

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