Applause after coaster ride

Thursday, July 4, 2002 4:31 AM
Why do people always clap their hands as the train is pulling into the station after a roller coaster ride? Do YOU clap your hands, and if so, tell me what your personal feelings are about doing it.
Thursday, July 4, 2002 5:26 AM
Clapping the hands is a gesture of liking what just happened. When asked, "How was your ride?" on Millennium Force, it seems natural to go WOOO! and clap. Yes, on great rides like MF, I clap, and I think there is nothing wrong with it. This thread is as doumb as the one on announcements. *RollEyes*

Why do they report power outages on TV?

Thursday, July 4, 2002 5:46 AM
Is it any different than when people applaud for a movie? :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Thursday, July 4, 2002 6:23 AM
I applaud for The Beast and Son of Beast, if anyone else is clapping. I always clap for a new ride.
Thursday, July 4, 2002 6:31 AM
If the train rolls into the station all quiet like, I find it my personal duty to scream or something. Not blood-curtling fake or for attention, but some noise needs to be made.

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.

Thursday, July 4, 2002 7:00 AM

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 ;)

~~~ Maddy ~~~

Thursday, July 4, 2002 7:08 AM

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

Thursday, July 4, 2002 7:19 AM

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".

Thursday, July 4, 2002 7:21 AM
After riding it's a good way to vent all that adrenaline in your system. I usually clap after a good ride.
Thursday, July 4, 2002 7:50 AM
Last night on The Beast everyone on the train was clapping and cheering when the train left the station, it brought a smile to the ride ops faces....

Good Times!! Good Times!!

Thursday, July 4, 2002 8:14 AM
It's always nice to see the entire trainload of people clapping on Raging Bull even in its fourth year.

Formally Known as Ozzyhead.

Thursday, July 4, 2002 8:48 AM

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.

Wicked Twister:

Ride-op: Welcome back riders, how was your ride?

Crowd Cheers!

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

Thursday, July 4, 2002 10:00 AM
Almost every train on S:ROS at SFNE comes in to the station with people clapping. Of course not all rides get that, no one really claps for a hang n' bang or a boomerang now do they?

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Thursday, July 4, 2002 10:22 AM
I aplaud all the time. Even when I'm the only person on the train doing it. Normally I do...even if I have a bad ride on it.

It's his turn to feast, when you ride the Son of Beast.

Thursday, July 4, 2002 12:33 PM
Rarely ever clap, instead I just do woos and w00ts. But I always enter the station with a smile! :) Sometimes its fun to hold your hands up until the train fully stops in the station, always fun! :)

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Thursday, July 4, 2002 1:21 PM


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. ***

Thursday, July 4, 2002 1:32 PM
It's just a great way to end a great ride.

The worst day at Cedar Point is better than the best day at work.

Thursday, July 4, 2002 2:35 PM
The only time I have ever heard clapping when a train pulls in is when it's the last ride of the night(than the people on the train clap) and when I was stuck on the brake run one time and Twister II and everyone in the station was glad to finally get to ride when the problem was fixed.
Thursday, July 4, 2002 6:16 PM

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.

If Lifes a Rollercoaster, I want a Flawless

Thursday, July 4, 2002 6:58 PM
I clap and cheer to show my appreciation for the ride. On Mean Streak I laugh so hard I cry...I have no idea why, it just happens.

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