Cast Member Chastises Guests For Not Laughing at Jokes, “I Don’t Care if I Get Fired”

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Last week, we reported that Disney Cast Members are allegedly ignoring protocol and causing maintenance issues on Jungle Cruise, an iconic Disneyland Park attraction that inspired a recent film of the same name. (Now streaming on Disney PlusThe Jungle Cruise (2021) stars Emily Blunt as Lily Houghton and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Frank Wolff. A sequel is reportedly in the works.)

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Unfortunately, this isn’t the only recent issue with Disney Cast Members on the classic attraction. TikToker @shane.barton had an awkward experience on the ride this week when a Skipper chastised the group for not laughing at his jokes:


We didn’t laugh at any of his jokes 🤷🏼‍♂️ #disneyadults #junglecruise #baddisney #scarydisney #animatronics #disneyanimatronics #skipperjokes

♬ original sound – Shane Barton

After the skipper finished one of his final jokes in a neutral tone, he sighed. “I have to be honest; you are one of the worst groups I’ve ever Skipped for,” he said. “You really sucked the magic out of the job for me today, and I don’t care if I get fired.”

While Jungle Cruise Skippers are permitted to go off script, this line felt unusually serious to most commenters. “That man went to Juliard just to be a tour guide on the jungle cruise ride. Poor skipper Dan,” @6ft6ofsticks wrote.

Monkey animatronics take over a white boat on the Jungle Cruise.
Credit: Disneyland Resort

Still, most laughed at the line and didn’t wish ill on the Skipper. “HE IS ENTIRELY JUSTIFIED. LAUGH,” said @svingko. “I love this type of humor though. 😂,” @baileconvalles agreed.

One commenter recalled a similar experience and said it’s a skit some of the Skippers do. “This is hilarious. This is actually a skit some of them do. I had a lady who said the same thing,” @laceyca wrote.

More on Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise sign
Credit: Disney

This hysterical journey through the wilderness of Adventureland has inspired similar rides in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disneyland at Tokyo Disney Resort, and Hong Kong Disneyland. From Disneyland Resort:

Cast off on a guided tour of the world’s most remote rivers where adventure abounds—and the animals get the last laugh.

Head off to Adventure

Board a canopied tramp steamer and leave civilization behind on a tongue-in-cheek journey through the globe’s most “treacherous” rivers—and oldest gags.Highlights of your unforgettable adventure include:

  • Ancient Cambodian Shrine
    Come face-to-face with leaping tigers, lethal cobras and snapping crocodiles.
  • Jungle Cruise Safari Camp
    Cruise past a former camp overrun by explosively curious gorillas.
  • Indian Elephant Bathing Pool
    Venture into this sacred pool where you’ll see bathing Indian elephants. Feel free to take pictures—they have their trunks on.
  • The African Veldt
    Behold angry hippos and hungry lions guarding a sleeping zebra.
  • Schweitzer Falls
    Be awed as you take in a true natural wonder—the back side of water!

Throughout your voyage, you’ll enjoy lively narration from your brave and trusty skipper. It’s a sometimes perilous, always hilarious 10,000-mile journey you won’t soon forget!

Hong Kong Jungle Cruise
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A Classic Cruise

The original Jungle Cruise opened on July 17, 1955 at Disneyland Park. Based on Disney’s award-winning True-Life Adventure films, the attraction had a more educational tone. In the early 1960s, Walt Disney introduced more drama and asked animator Marc Davis to sketch some humorous gags. 

Over the years, more “wildlife”—and new wisecracks—were added. These updates, along with our talented skippers, make for fun surprises on every trip down the river.

Have you ever had a Skipper go off-script on Jungle Cruise? 

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

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