I jus got back from PKI and i have to say it was clean for the most but nasty que lines and flight of fear; well the cup on the ufo jus takes away the moment you know and there must have been 2 in. dust on it.
When i went to CP there ques where nasty too does anyone clean these ; like pressure wash them when the parks close or jus say heck with it ?? jay
Depends on the park chain, thinking back I cant remember CP or PKI having dirty queues at least at the start of the day, maybe your experience is due to it being the end of the season. I was at BGW this weekend, and it was in its usual state of cleanliness: immaculate. I have also never seen a queue in disarray at Universal or Disney parks.
Dorney has a reputation for being a clean park (with good reason.. I always see employees with dustpans/brooms on the midways and cleaning during ride downtime) yet if you go on a busy day, you'll see a lot of trash on the ground. Why? Because there are thousands of people throwing it down faster than the hugely outnumbered staff can pick it up. Which is insane, because there are trashcans about every 20 or 30 feet (and in some areas even closer).
Tina, it's pretty ironic that we have such strict regulations, yet many of the roads here are practially toxic waste dumps.
I've never really noticed a problem with cleanliness at King's Island, although occasionally there are some times when the staff simply cannot keep up. Two of the cleanest parks I've been to are Hershey and Dollywood. Both were very clean on pretty busy days.
I think some people get a kind of perverse thrill with having to make someone clean up after them. Either they're total zeros in real life and that's the only way they can make themselves feel "important" or else they are (self) important and truly believe the rest of mankind is here just to wait on them.
Specifically about Flight of Fear; I think we were talking about this Jeff (PKI's Jeff) at BeastBuzz 2k5. I could be way off here, but I thought it has something to do with the material that the UFO is made out of and how it reacts to cleaning agents.
Since schools are back in staffing levels may be down due to no school age help.Another reason they maybe letting things slide due to the end of the season and some maybe the fact that the employee's are gonna be let loose soon for the off season So what is the park gonna do fire them a couple of weeks before their jobs end anyway.
About the tons of trash cans at many of the parks....Disney did a study a number of years ago, and found out that the longest the average person was willing to walk with trash before throwing it to the ground was about 13 feet. So I guess that some parks just really follow that rule and flood the park with trash cans.
I saw a Discovery Show a while back that followed the night crew Disney workers. Another whole shift came in and did laundry, food prep for the next day, and cleaned the park. The even had painters on the night crew whose sole job was daily touch ups.
That's been 6 or so years ago so maybe economics have put an end to that.
There has always been a 3rd shift in the Disney parks and I suspect there always will be because you will never see major maintenance being done in the park while it is open. Among the jobs is pressure washing the midways which sustain some serious abuse each day...particularly from chocolate spills and chocolate is difficult to clean up.
The laundry (actually, there are three laundry facilities at WDW...one for costumes only, one for hotel linens and one for food and beverage linens) runs a third shift at certain times of the year when occupancy levels are at their peak.
Their main facility (200,000 sq ft) is one of the largest and most automated facilities in the world and can process nearly 80-100 million pounds annually or 24,500 pounds per hour. Each day they can process 180,000 towels, 70,000 washcloths, 40,000 sheets and 60,000 pillowcases. The automated system can sort, clean and fold with little human interaction other than stacking onto carts for delivery.
Man, I have so much usless information in my head.
The first laundry facility behind the Magic Kingdom and do 12 million pieces of costumes per year and the food and beverage laundry (near the All Star resorts) can handle 11 million pounds per year.
Cedar Point's ques are cleaned after the park closes and before it opens too if needed. During the day is a different story. The midways are very well patroled, but the ques are very difficult to clean. The rides hosts are busy running the ride so they can't clean then. It's also very difficult to clean while the ques are full. I've done it many times for MF. I would sometimes go down a few rows that were bad and sweep when rotating to and from freeway. It messed with rotation a little bit, but I didn't really care. :)
As for pressure washing, MF costs roughly $500 to do. Usually the ride needs to be down for an extended period before it gets done. On a 10am-10pm day, MF costs roughly $2000 to run including energy, staff, and maintenance.
I think that MF has to cost more then $2000 a day to run. If you think about it, lets say you have 6 people there for 12 hours thats a little over 400 in just employees at $6 an hour, not to mention maintenance personal and all the electricity this ride must require. I think that $2000 for a 12 hour day is a little bit low.