So our tour guide, James explained that the difference btw this and the original ducks is that Army is 70/30 water/land and original is reverse. For what it's worth, and without having taken the original duck, it was 70/30 water/land. School bus-style seats w/ no seatbelts, and it gets a little bumpy. Glad I had the 18 mo. old in a Baby Bjorn for fear of dropping her. Also, on that note, if you have a kid who won't sit still for an hour, maybe this isn't the tour for you. Because like the last reviewer said, it's slow on the water, and they spend that time talking about the river and surrounding area. James did give a little bio about himself at the end, but that was combined w/ a Q&A session about the boats, dells, whatever. And a tour guide should always be tipped, so I fully expected to give him something, and we got some cheezy postcards in return, so score! Truthfully, I could've lived w/out the bio (you're a doll, James, but really I don't care.) A "tips accepted" sign would've sufficed, but he was funny and friendly and it was a nice break in the day. Pick up a wisconsin dells tourist brochure at any hotel or restaurant and there's a coupon in there for like $6 off. It was cold, and they had Army style blankets for those that wanted them (cute touch!) Nice little concession stand before you board, and the waiting area was very nice.
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