Discovery Channel mystery: Where are the blueprints?
Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2001 9:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Following last week's preview showing of "The World's Largest Amusement Park," a documentary about the operations of Cedar Point, people are wondering why the show that aired last night on Discovery Channel in the US didn't deliver the allged sighting of blueprints from the park's planning and design office.
The truth is, according to Cedar Point's Janice Witherow, that the version shown at the preview event was the international version, a full 50 mintutes in length. To make room for the US time slot, it had to be reduced to 46 minutes.
In either case, the hype surrounding the segment would have disappointed people anyway. CoasterBuzz member Dave "RideMan" Althoff, Jr. explains in a post made to the forums:
"Here's what you didn't see. A segment covered the operation of the Design and Planning Office. In that segment, we were treated to some pictures of the models that have been constructed of various ride elements and the like. Design and planning folks are shown working with the drawings which appear to be the 2001 midway renovation plan (I remember seeing something about a jumping fountain)...you know, the renovation that didn't happen this year. At the end of the segment, The Blueprints were hauled out...a roll of prints in the hands of a park planner, identified as the park's top-secret 5-year Plan. A hand from behind the camera reaches for them, but is denied as the planner pulls them away. No, you can't see what's on them. But you get to see the blueprints of the park's 5-year Plan."
Come on guys isn't it obvious what the 5-year plan is going to be. The higher-ups at C.P. are planning on an extensive tour of the linen cleaning area. For 5 bucks you get to put the soap in and for an extra 10 you get to take the towels out. I don't know about anyone else but I can't wait for this!!!
------------- Guess what I heard SFWoA & Cedarpoint are going to merge together and create a super park that will take up all of Northeastern Ohio. Really...
Off topic but the laundry at WDW is amazing. It looks like an attraction in and of itself. Most everything is done with conveyor belts, automatic washers that open and close themselves, dispense the soap. The place is huge!!!
I want to ride in one of those cool bumper cars that the janitors ride around in blowing leaves and what not after the park closes. Also, did anyone think that the girl who cleans up cigarette buts seemed a little too happy with her minimun wage job?
Hey!!! In my days working in ride operations at CP the "sweeperette" job was highly sought after work. The girls that did this loved that they could walk all over without being stuck in one area all day. They also found quite a bit of lost cash! I was "stuck" on a ride and loved it in the care free 80's!
All this linen talk is even funnier than all the people that thought that they were going to see something more than a rolled up piece of paper. Even if they didn't get to see the rolled up piece of paper!
I don't care about having missed the blueprints as much as I do about having missed these awesome models of some of the coasters and their elements, as well as the drawings. I hope the tape has this segment...