by gCaptain (April 1st 2023) CruizeNewz is reporting that the Disney Wish cruise ship recently experienced some unexpected technical difficulties with its elevators and had to return to port. According to sources, the ship had installed a cutting-edge ChatGPT based chatbot modeled after the popular Disney+ series Mandalorian and its Jungle Cruise theme park ride, to replace the typical elevator music that usually puts passengers at ease.
The feature was an instant hit with the guests who overcrowded the elevators to hear the bot’s endless stream of Jungle-Cruise-style dad jokes, delivered in the voice of none other than Mandalorian star actor Pedro Pascal himself. However, things quickly went awry when passengers became so engrossed in the chatbot’s puns that they refused to leave the elevators, causing them to become overcrowded and eventually break down.
“I couldn’t believe it when I heard The Mandalorian himself spewing out really bad dad jokes,” said one passenger. “But it was so addictively funny that my son pressed all the elevator buttons to stay on the lift longer. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea, and the crowding started to make me feel queasy.”
Many guests loved the feature, but some reported feeling frustrated and anxious due to the long elevator wait times and the constant barrage of dad jokes. One guest even reported feeling dizzy from the repetitive and unfunny nautical puns that the chatbot loved to tell.
Some examples of the bot’s jokes include:
“What do you call a Jedi who loves to sail? Obi Wan Canoe-Bi!”
“What did the pirate say when he saw a Star Destroyer? ‘Arrr, it’s a trap!'”
“What do you get when you mix a pirate and a Jedi? An Arrrr-2D2!”
“What do you call a stormtrooper on a boat? A sail-trooper!”
According to CruizeNewz teenage passengers, in particular, were divided on the jokes, with some finding them “cringey” and “NOT funny”. However, the chatbot’s clever use of Baby Yoda rolling his eyes after each punchline seemed to have won over the teenage crowd, who couldn’t help but chuckle. Some teenagers even went so far as to take selfies with the elevator display screen, declaring it the “cutest thing ever” and a highlight of their Disney cruise experience.
Despite positive reviews from passengers, Disney’s vice president of cruises April Jokeansen has since apologized for the chatbot’s behavior and promised to remove it from the elevators, and has assured gCaptain reporters that no passengers were injured by the experience.
While the use of AI chatbots can be a valuable tool for enhancing guest experiences, this incident highlights the need to consider the impact of such technology on passengers and the need to prevent overcrowding in elevators. Industry experts note that AI can become especially dangerous at sea when it comes installed with nautical puns!
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