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Topic: Guy Jumping in and out of boat in Small World

Mon 12/17/2012 9:07p
Visited the park this am, riding Small World (love the new things), the guy in the back of the boat was getting in and out of it, walking on the cement along side the boat and then jumping back in. He did this a couple times.
I was surprised to not see any reaction from any cast...
then... RSR, I couldn't get the seat belt connected, they ran the car up to the next stop and the cast member is showing us how to pull on the yellow tab, he seems to have no idea mine isn't connected, I was waving the end at him, he's going on like it is unimportant... my friend was able to get it snapped it, then had to work it out, stuck.
Interesting ride in the rain ;-)
Witches of Morva
Tue 12/18/2012 8:44a
ORGOCH: Since when does Small Whirl have seat belts?
Tue 12/18/2012 12:04p
RSR is Radiator Springs Racers.
Tue 12/18/2012 8:21p
People who jump in and out of boats are the reason Disney is having to put up so many handrails every where, thanks a lot ignorant people.
Tue 12/18/2012 9:15p
I remember in the 90's when I was an attractions cast member in New Orleans Sq/Critter Country and was in training for Pirates and how easy it was for guests to get really hurt if the jumped from one boat to another - If they slipped and fell into the water in between boats then the hitting each other with the guest getting smooshed! Or if a guest dangles his or her hand into the water from the side of the boat and the boat suddenly knocks to the side smooshing the guests hand!
So now when I go on pirates or small world as a guest its hard for me not to feel upset when I have occasionally see this behavior :(
Wed 12/19/2012 1:36a
How the heck didnt this guy get caught? are there not as many security cameras on IASW? i always hears CM's asking people to stop the photography on HM and POTC and i would think this guy would have been easily spotted. I was on Splash Mountain a few years ago and a guy kept standing and not listening to the announcments. At the end of the ride security was waiting for him.

"People who jump in and out of boats are the reason Disney is having to put up so many handrails every where, thanks a lot ignorant people.

Yupp, i dont feel sorry if they get hurt.
Wed 12/19/2012 9:31p
Jeez, people are dumb. That's one stunt I wouldn't ever try.
Thu 12/20/2012 4:28a
I've heard that iasw for whatever reason was lacking in guest monitoring (no indoor cameras or pressure-mats on the walkways), but I figured that it was just a rumor and/or had been upgraded during its various refurbs. Interesting that its still the same as always, in the days that we have to idiotproof the entire world. I guess since there's really no way to "E-stop" the flowing water like in the other attractions (the narrow trough doesn't have any place for the water to dissipate, like on POTC, so it would likely flow for a much longer time), they figure that monitoring guests is somewhat pointless.

On the one hand, I'm glad that this guy didn't get injured, since I'm sure he would blame Disney for it; at the very least, the lawyers would demand 'upgrades' to the attraction to ensure it didn't happen again, taking away from the attraction to appease the minority. On the other hand, he has it coming (at least from my understanding of the story), and I'm sure he'll get hurt somewhere else doing something equally stupid.
Thu 12/20/2012 7:51a
I nearly had an anxiety attack on iasw once. We were sitting near the end of the ride, in the pile up of boats waiting to get off of the ride. I watched a toddler dangle her hands off the side of the boat, playing in the water, while her parents completely ignored her. I was so afraid her little hands were going to get crushed.
Thu 12/20/2012 9:25a
It seems there is not a lot watching going on, or behavior management...

IASW, step out and talk to them, meet them on they quay, pull them aside and make it clear that they could be put out of the park.
I think of the post about guests smoking dope on Alice, and I wonder, how safe are we in the attraction? I always thought someone was keeping an eye on things, seems they are not. When someone can use a match or a lighter in an attraction and no one reacts?

The other purpose of idiot proofing the world (aside from danger to stupid people, people incapable of being more thoughtful and the expense of lawsuits) is protecting the people who are not involved in the stupidity but might be injured when someone is doing something stupid like leaping in and out of the boat.
How safe are all the others when no one is monitoring?
I am glad he was not injured but sorry to see, no one took the time to discomfort him about it... a 20 minute lecture would have made it less likely he or his kids would do it again.
Now he and his crowd will tell everyone and they will want to try it.

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