CP ride announcements

Tuesday, July 2, 2002 9:18 PM
I never understood why CP makes announcements before and after each ride. While interesting to me, I don't think most of the guests care, and after the first ride even I didn't care. IMO the rides (and the park) can speak for themselves, they doe't need advertising when you're already on them. Can someone explain this to me?

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Tuesday, July 2, 2002 9:21 PM
Not everyone is riding them. A new ride brings more people in, unless of course no one knows about it! It is advertising, making money, so they can build you the next big thing!
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Tuesday, July 2, 2002 10:08 PM
I think that if you are in line for it, you already know about it.

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Ohio - Coaster capital of the world

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 12:11 AM

And just how do you get to that line? Do you just say "Let's go to a theme park, I've got a hankering they have something new!"

No you don't. Not everyone is coaster enthusiasts and know about theme park additions before they happen, and they need some motivation to go to the park to check out the latest thrill.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 3:53 AM
Do you mean announcements as in " Oncoming riders, Raptor will take you up 137 feet and drop you....", or "How was your ride... Enjoy the rest of your day here at America's Rockin Roller Coast"?

If so, it's about getting the crowd pumped.... They also throw safety info in there.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 4:16 AM

If it was interesting to you until after the first ride why are you knocking it? Do you think everyone in line has been on it before. I like them trying to pump everyone up before the ride and keeping everyone psyched after it. It's fun and it added to my first CP visit last year. It's awesome to see such enthusiastic employees.

Think of something more interesting to start a topic. This is very lame.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 4:47 AM
This is very lame. They do it to get the crowd pumped.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 5:12 AM
While I must agree that, if you ride a CP ride over and over, the announcements can be anoying. At the very least, it shows that CP cares about educating the general public about the investment they have made into providing record breaking coasters that we all enjoy. I would much rather be told how high, fast, long and intense a ride is rather that be at a park that has no signs or announcements to tell you why their ride is special. At SFoGA, my home park, they have not done a good job of educating the rider. I know that we have a great collection of rides and yet little is done to explain the historical nature of their rides nor to brag on the height, length or special qualities that each ride possesses. I love the way CP is proud of their ride collection tells you why you should love each ride.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 5:32 AM
Personally I love it when they do this. After countless rides on pretty much all of the coasters I still do not find it annoying. It's great to get the crowd pumped up, and there is no other station sound as sweet as when on the Magnum they ask the people "How was your ride?!" and there are many loud screams. That alone gets your heart pumping. Without the announcements, it wouldn't be the same feel at the park, I think they add something, like it shows that they care in a way. I think a lot of people would get what I'm trying to say.

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AkA somewhatchewy
-Who loves Indiana Beach because people there think 15 minutes is a long line...LoL

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 7:03 AM
Thanks, Mike, that does make sense.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 7:23 AM
I'm sorry to say I haven't been at many parks but... Doesn't most parks have these little ride announcements?

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You really need to get some more BRAN in your diet

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 7:47 AM
No, Six Flags parks have a recording if anything at all...

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 5:26 PM

(Their is some confusion about this topic. Some people think Quailroberts is asking about The announceing of a new ride for the next season, and some readers think he's asking about the announcements (aka Spiels) made when riders enter and exit the ride vehicle.

It is obvious that he is asking about why they make spiels durring the boarding and unboarding of a ride.) With that out of the way...

Spiels are done for safety. Notice that they usually say something like "Please keep your hands inside the ride vehicle at all times" or "Please remain seated until the ride comes to a compleate stop"? That is to prevent injury due to a riders ignorance of danger. If a little kid was going to jump off a scrambler, for instance, after the ride cycle was over, but before the ride stopped moveing, he may be reluntant to do so after hearing the ride opp say "Please remain seated".

What they say in between the important stuff is usually to entertain the guests, to fill up what would be quiet time, and to set a mood. Example:"Mega-Coaster will take you up 400 feet and drop you at a 98 degree angle at speeds reaching 180 miles an hour. Enjoy your flight on Ohios only launched inverted quintuple looping wooden 4-D, the Mega-Coaster"

I had to say cool spiels like that when I worked at CP only it was WE and the rest of Camp Snoopy. I never got to spiel when I worked on the big rides:)

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 6:58 PM

The spiels are actually one of the things that amazed me the first time I went to CP back in '98. I had never seen it done with such enthusiasm at the parks I had visited. It was usually a recording or next to no spiel at all. I loved how many people had fun while they were spieling. I remember the Magnum girls talking about their crew party and trying to get a date for someone or something like that. It was funny! :) I liked how each crew seemed proud of the ride they worked and pumped people up before and after the ride. I agree that if you are a season passholder and go fifty times a year you might not care about spiels, but if you visit once or twice a season, they make a very positive impression usually. I point to the lack of any atmosphere whatsoever in the Wicked Twister station and to a certain degree, the MF station (especially when they had the music taken away) as evidence that spiels are good. They serve the purpose of getting the safety instructions across and pumping up the riders. Spiels and the fact that CP crews are extremely efficient and safety consious are what made me decide to work there last summer insitead of staying at my normal job (making more money) or working at a park closer to home. I had so much fun working there and I wish I was able to do it again this summer.

Welcome back red train riders, how was your riiiiiide??? :)

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2001 Magnum Crew

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Thursday, July 4, 2002 6:49 AM
I'm making my first trip up this summer and I can't wait to here the spiels, they will most likely amuse me while I'm in line.

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Thursday, July 4, 2002 7:04 AM
A couple parks use records. BGW I know uses recordings. They are tied to the gates and when the train dispatches to say different things. But almost all parks have something, only a select few do not as far as I know. Then again, hershey has a couple unique people who actually enjoy giving you the drop in CM or MM, never knew the drop on wildcat was 2480 CM.
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Thursday, July 4, 2002 8:24 AM

Once, on Gemini at CP, blue had won, like 8 times in a row, and the op was like "...and enjoy you ride on Gemini, where blue ALWAYS wins." This was when they used to race Gemini.

And once on Gr8 Bear at Hersheypark (in June), the computer-said spiel was saying "Hope you had a great ride on Great Bear, and enjoy the rest of your April 92nd. (June 1.) :)

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*** This post was edited by S00perGIR on 7/4/2002. ***

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Thursday, July 4, 2002 4:39 PM

I found the auto-spiels (recorded) at Dorney verrrrry funny. First you hear a guy say something like,"Welcome to Steele Force. Please step carefully into the coaster and pull down on your lap bar"

Then you hear a females vioce give some instruction. "While rideing, Please keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times." Then you hear the mans voice, then the girls voice. I found this soooooo funny.

I imagine two ride opps hidden from view. They are sitting next to each other passing the microphone back and forth, smileing and sometimes looking at each other. Of course I know it's an auto-spiel, but I still think it hilliarious:)

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KoRn is the Mellennium Force of ROCK

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Thursday, July 4, 2002 5:03 PM

I think it pumps up the riders and then the reaction of the rides in turn pumps up the ops. The ride op job would probably get boring if there was not a little fun. That may be one of the reasons why CP always has such a friendly atmosphere. I think that it just add to a whole day of fun.

Keeping the ride ops involved probably helps them stay alert and improves the safety of the ride.

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*** This post was edited by CP ismyhome on 7/4/2002. ***

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Friday, July 5, 2002 7:15 AM
I didn't mean this as a rip on CP. I like the place a lot. Sorry if it was taken that way. Thanks for your input in answering my question.

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Ohio - Coaster capital of the world

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