I have to agree with you both to a point. Whatever your feelings, this ride was never intended to be the corny attraction it is today. Riding this as a kid, it was a bit more serious, with a few puns thrown in for good measure. The adventure was definitely played up more than the comedy. When the attraction first opened, the animatronics wowed the crowds. Unfortunately with the passage of time, they began being viewed as outdated and comical, hence all the jokes. That said, I still enjoy the ride. Especially if I'm lucky enough to have a skipper with great personality. That alone can make or break the experience.