Published: January 18, 2010 at 11:24 AMYears ago, driving through the Safari at Great Adventure, when the Baboons were still allowed to roam free and destroy your car, a Baboon decided to go for a ride on the hood of my car. We all though it was very funny until he decided to relieve himself on the air intake vent. It seemed the poor guy didn't go for a week. Not fun when you can't open your windows and it's to hot out to turn off the AC.
Published: January 18, 2010 at 11:37 AMTwo words: lorikeet feedings. Whether at the zoo or a theme park with zoo exhibits I always get a free "gift" when I feed these cute little creatures.
Published: January 18, 2010 at 11:56 AMI worked at Sea World. Closing the park provided an interesting job hazard. At dusk, all of the park's large birds would fly up into the trees for the night. Moving from place to place through the park was dangerous. There was no pathway at that time that WASN'T under a tree, now loaded with 20 or 30 very large birds - birds which had been eating popcorn and pretzels and other junk food all day rather than their normal, carefully regulated diets. We literally ran from one place to another, dodging the areas that had the heaviest bird populations that night. I never got completely nailed, but there were many close calls and more than enough "splash back" from the large birds!
When the construction of SW's new entry way began, we added a new level of danger. The construction wall effectively halved what was then the entrance. The pathway was at its narrowist right across from what was then the ice cream shop. Guests would come out of the shop with large waffle cones of ice cream, only to be greeted by 10 or 20 sea gulls lined up on the fence. It was as if the gulls were planning their attacks among themselves. "You get this one Bernie, and the next one is mine!" Guests would be dive bombed, usually resulting in the dropping of the precious treat on the pavement for the birds to attack. The ice cream shop gave away as many cones as they sold that summer!
Published: January 18, 2010 at 12:02 PMI saw a guest get pooped on at Splash one day when I was working Fastpass Return. I didn't handle it very well because I started giggling. Luckily, he thought it was funny too, and we all had a good laugh about it.
Splash went down for refurb the day after I finished my training on it, and since I was a CP, I wasn't trained anywhere else. I, along with the other new CPs, got stuck being the greeter and standing out there for hours on end. It was horribly boring, but turned out to be a great way to get to know my fellow CPs. They gave us a huge roll of Mickey stickers to give out to guests, and we made a game where we tried to stick them on people as they walked by without them knowing. I'm told that there was a stream of guests heading out of Frontierland with stickers on their backs that day. We went through a whole roll in half of a shift and had to ask for more from our very suspicious manager. As much as we hated it, it was a great bonding experience, and I we really got to know each other well.
Last time I visited Splash during a refurb, though, there wasn't anybody outside giving out the bad news. I don't know if they were just short-staffed that morning, or if they no longer do that because of the budget.
Published: January 18, 2010 at 12:13 PMWe were at one of the parks and my son, then 6, was gifted by one of the local birds on the top of his head. Luckily for him, there was a bathroom near by and his mom was able to get him clean. We don't remember the park, but the gifting will be part of family history.
Published: January 18, 2010 at 7:03 PMFor those few who don't know it, Cedar Point is located in Lake Erie, connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of sandy land and a man-made causeway. Needless to say, there are lots- I mean LOTS- of seagulls, big seagulls, well-fed on-junk-food seagulls, especially in the parking lots and front of the park. I've not personally been bombed, but I've seen it happen to many visitors, and few cars escape a momento from America's Roller Coast.
Published: January 19, 2010 at 10:58 AMI second the Lorikeet Feedings! That's the only place (knock on wood) that both me & husband have received "gifts". Once at Epcot I took a big sip of my beer and got a ladybug in my mouth! Very foul little insect!!