Trying to get the tigers to play with our "toys" was my least favorite part of the experience. Most of the cats were uninterested. The volunteers/handlers with the plastic bag covered boxes had the most luck getting the tigers to actually jump up.
If we wanted to we could get into the water. Ross and I declined. It was plenty fun to watch from a bit higher up. At one point two of the tigers decided to walk behind us. They had told us not to turn your back on a tiger, so Ross and I turned around. The volunteers instantly formed a human shield between us and the tigers. It was impressive.
After that we got to walk a big tiger. I think this tiger was 3 years old. It was really dirty, covered in red dirt, so it didn't quite look orange.