Friday, August 22, 2003 8:52 PM
Just a few questions that someone may be able to answer for me.
1) whats up with the tax on items in the park? did I read it right...a state and a local sales tax?
2)I noteced that a few of the coasters look really old(whizzer, american eagle) and was just curius what year they were all built.
3)whats up with the cow bells at each ride?
4) why are the turnstyles on the unload platform rather than the entrance...this coused major conjestion on the unload platforms.
This is a fun park, and hope to visit it again sometime.
Friday, August 22, 2003 9:27 PM
1. Gurnee taxes, yes.
Look it up on CB.
3. Not sure what you mean..
4. Some are in the exits, others are in the entrances. Don't know for certain why.
Friday, August 22, 2003 9:28 PM
1) yes, you did. Basically, they cut the price down a few cents to make the state and sales tax balance it out to even amounts of money.
2) American Eagle: 1981, Whizzer: 1976
3) never noticed any cow bells. Do you mean the horns? maybe to catch the attention of another op or a person as opposed to yelling.
4) to piss people off. (no idea)
Friday, August 22, 2003 9:31 PM
The cowbells at the controll boothes of the rides. Not the horns. Some rides had two or three, others had one. Next time your there look in the controles of the coasters..I remember seeing them at raging bull,batman, iron wolf, and a few others.
Friday, August 22, 2003 9:41 PM
I have been told that those cows represent like an award for efficient or best ride crews.
Arena football has arrived in the Windy City. Go "Chicago Rush"
Friday, August 22, 2003 9:51 PM
The only crew I ever liked at SFGAm was Raging Bull in June two years ago. The ride ops were funny, nice, and efficient.
Only problem was that later on in the day the op asked/sang "who lives in a pineapple under the sea?" and even more unfortunate the train responded proudly "Spongebob Squarepants"
Was a sad day.
Saturday, August 23, 2003 12:00 PM
4. The exit turnstyles on the coasters at SFGAm has bothered me for a while. Since the gates don't open to load the next riders until the previous riders have exited the platform, this can, and has, slowed down boarding. My guess is that it helps keep the exit from the station orderly and the exit queues less congested. Also, since it makes it more difficult for anyone to enter the loading platform from the exit ramp, this is probably a nod toward safety.
Saturday, August 23, 2003 1:10 PM
There cow goes to the crew of the week. The station that has the cow in it is that weeks crew of the week. The cow bells replace that cow when it goes to another crew.
Saturday, August 23, 2003 1:13 PM
Give IBsteve a prize, he got the fourth question correct. Those turnstyles prevent people from rushing in on the platform to take picture of their friends returning from a ride or doing something else stupid that could get them injured. When someone enters the station when a train is moving in or out, the ops must let off the enable/dispatch buttons to stop the train until the guest is clear. The turnstyles prevent this from happening more often.
The cow bells I'm guessing are for what Chitown said. To elaborate on what COW is, it stands for Crew Of the Week (C.O.W., get it?). Every day in the summer the supervisor on duty grades how well the crew is doing (once for day shift and once for night shift) and the crew with the highest average score at the end of the week gets COW. Usually there are parties on gokarts and such, I guess now they're giving out cowbells.
And Kaladaim, that person who said that *had* to be our very own Cbuzz member "Flabby Lips!" That is hilarious that he said that. :)
Joe, nominated ride op of the year in '00 by XFactor. ;)
You suck big time.