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Clapping/cheering displays appreciation. Often, not clapping is a way of saying not only that you're not impressed, but that the object/movie/ride gets no respect from you. You're "beyond" that situation.
Also, I'd imagine that it's got to bring a smile to the ride ops. faces. For some people, I guess it's just a job, but I always liked to know that the people who came through my iWERKS theater were enjoying what they paid for. If everyone came off dissatisfied, I took the responsibility for it, and I'd do what I could to make them a bit happier. Usually, of course, this resulted in a free ride ;)
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I always cheer an applaud after a great ride. It is my way of showing how much I enjoyed it. What is even more fun is riding with a bunch of enthusiasts. At Timbersfest, every train came back to the station with applause and cheers. You'd think after more than 40 plus rides, the fun and excitement would wear off.
I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead
I always start applauding the minute the train hits the brake run as a way of saying to those in line that the ride was indeed enjoyable.
Also when the ride ops dispatch the train they always say "enjoy your ride" to which my riding partner and I respond "indeed we will".
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I prefer this.
Nothing is worse than going to a park and after a ride all you get is "Please exit to the right". Everyone hops off and walks away.
The parks that encourage you to have fun (Cedar Point immediately comes to mind) are far superior. All the big coasters have an after ride spiel/announcement to keep riders enthused. It just adds so much to the whole experience and everyone seems to be enjoying the rides so much more.
Ride-op: Welcome back riders, how was your ride?
Ride-Op(in cool surfer dude voice): Wicked!
It just made the whole thing so much more fun with everyone cheering and ops seeming to care/enjoy their jobs so much.
Everyone should be cheering after a great ride.
Dorney Park visits in 2002: 12
Planned parks: Astroland, Knoebel's, Hersheypark, SFNE, SFGadv,SFGam,CP,PKI,PKD,PCW,HW,Indiana Beach,SFWOA,SFKK,SFDL,SFSTL,Lakemont,DelGrosso's... Need I say more?
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I'm sorry you felt this was a dumb thread. I genuinely was looking for answers about why people do it, because I never knew why. Thanks to the other gracious people who responded, I now understand. I wasn't dogging anyone for doing it, I just never knew why, that's all.
*** This post was edited by RAD on 7/4/2002. ***
The worst day at Cedar Point is better than the best day at work.
I'm a combination Clapper and Wooter. However Ive been a Screamer, Raise the Roofers and Barker on occassions.
Then theres those other rides where Ive been the Sulker, the Moaner, the Wallflower, the Injured and the Complainer.
Fortunately, Ive clapped and wooted more than the other.
I love it when a train comes in with happy clapping peeps. I love it when the train leaves the station and the peeps are cheering. And I love those crazies on the Lift Hill who pump everyone up before the first drop ... Had this Talker/Screamer on my first Goliath ride. Pumped the whole train up with Pro Wrestling pump 'Are YOu Ready?', 'Im Ready Baby', 'Yeah Im coming to get you, Yeah' .... 'Faaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrkkk'. Love that bit.
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