I'd agree with Den, on my one trip to Cedar Point I didn't notice any spiders at all, and that was during the last week of August 2003. I did see some mayflies though, but nothing like the group that stormed the summer camp I was at (in the morning you couldn't take a step outside with out crunching a few).
What spiders? In all our trips to Cedar Point, the only slightly annoying life form have been the clouds of muffleheads that swarm in off the lake in June. We ride just about every ride there so it isn't likely we missed anything.
I disagree Jeff, there is a spider invasion and they seem to be more prevalent in late summer. The fact you didn't notice them must mean we were doing our job well.
In 2000, when I started on White Water Landing, someone would go around every day and clear the large webs from all the catwalks and railings surrounding the ride. On one of those walks I would usually destroy at least 50 webs (and we did this every day). We kept the ones that weren't so sightly to trap some of those muffleheads.
When I went to Raptor, we didn't have to do web sweeps nearly as often, but we still did them. If you are an arachnophobe, never go out into the storage bays, there were hundreds of them (spiders not just webs) hanging all over the catwalks and such. UGH.
In late summer we had a problem both years with the spiders around the edge of the station. Dispath became the hated position. Often times when you'd stick your hand in to hit the dispatch button, a spider would crawl down onto your hand. Of course you just have to leave your hand there until the next train comes in though, or the trains would stop and we'd have to reset dispatch.
It wouldn't have bugged me so much if they weren't huge spiders. UGH!
They don't have a spider, They have a Monster. Its got 24 tubs as opposed to the 12 a Spider has, also there is an additional rotation as smaller sweeps in which the tubs are attached to spin as well as the main structure...
Oh wait.... you were talking about something else! :)
Next time you're there late summer/early fall, look up whenever there's something above you in the Mantis queue... my brother almost didn't ride because of the sheer number and SIZE of those buggers. Did I mention I passionately hate spiders?
-BB (who doesn't like being in the same room with one, much less having a few crawl onto your person)
I remember the first time I went to CP in 2000 I was waiting in the que of Mantis. I looked up at the mesh covers with the fans that they have above parts of the que and all I saw were tons of webs and there must have been AT LEAST 20 spiders PER fan and all over! My mom freaked out! And they were huge spiders. I agree, the spiders are invading the park.
I don't recall ever seeing a spider there. But, I definately know that they're somewhere hiding in that park! I worked there MANY years ago and vividly recall having to sweep off all of our food stands tables, chairs and umbrellas every single morning before working an opening shift. Every table would be covered with enormous webs! They were HUGE! And, of course, every sandfly/mayfly in a 100 foot radius seemed drawn to them. I've never seen so many stuck bugs in my life! LOL *** Edited 1/29/2004 12:20:32 AM UTC by FScottS***
There is definitely a big spider problem at the point. I was there during october (the big weekend that broke records) and those things were everywhere. They are not just at the point, but even my hotel room had spiders outside, and even in my room.
Just think of how many more muffleheads, mayflies, and mosquitoes there would be if it weren't for the spiders though. As many as there may be, I'll take them over swarms of annoying muffleheads any day...atleast they can't fly.