Do parks have a "Controll Room"?

Friday, February 1, 2002 2:18 PM
So I have seen it in movies, but does it really exist?  Do parks have an underground area with all sorts of technical stuff like video monitors and controll panels and such?  Anyone here seem them first hand?  I wonder what it would take to get a tour of them, I think it would be sweet!
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Friday, February 1, 2002 2:21 PM
well, I SFGAm has a Park Ops office, but as far as I know...there arent any video cameras.  And no there arent control panels. 
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Friday, February 1, 2002 2:27 PM
Well, the Magic Kingdom Orlando has a whole network of underground rooms and corridors.  The ground floor of everything that we see is actually the second story.   It may not be like the "control room" of Itchy and Scratchy Land (Simpsons), but parks do have somewhat similar things.
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Friday, February 1, 2002 2:28 PM
I'm not sure about big undergound futuristic things like you're thinking (well Disney does have the whole undergorund network but everyone knows about that - Peabody beat me to it by a few seconds)

I'd imagine many parks have "nerve centers" so to speak. Large centralized officies where all operations can be monitored efficiently. I seem to remember something like this on one of those park show about CP that aired. Also the on about BGT shows how they monitor the weather and such. Things like that certainly exist.

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Friday, February 1, 2002 2:55 PM
SFGA has video cameras.  I know of at least four vid cams.  if you ride B:TR and you're sitting in the last row or are in the front row waiting in the transfer brakes, you can see several moniters in the left back part of the station.  those monitors are hooked up to cameras placed throughout the queue and one looks from the back of the station into the brakes so you can see the other train sitting behind you if you're waiting in the station or you can see yourself if you're waiting in the brakes.  and those are the ones that they show us.  have you ever seen the cameras that I mentioned in the lines?  probably not.  the only camera I've seen is the camera in the brakes and that's because I used the video as a reference.  it was just a small rectangular box that looked like an outlet that I wouldn't have seen if I hadn't known it was there.  I would bet that there are many more cameras around SFGA that aren't noticeable, but that are monitering your every move.  if there weren't then I know that I, for one, would feel very unsafe.
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Friday, February 1, 2002 3:06 PM
CP has a control room it was in the TLC spercial about the park they showed it.  I wasn't very big but they can see how long all the lines are and stuff like that!
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Friday, February 1, 2002 3:18 PM
SFOG has a communications center where all radios are tied in with all the video cameras in the park.  Security usually is in there monitoring the park but also getting feedback from the walking officers.  Rides aren't "monitored" per se but if a ride breaks down or something happens, the ride will call the comm center to report it.  that way, everyone can know what is going on because all communications go through the center.

but as far as ride operations go, no, there is no central computer bunker thing in the park.

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Friday, February 1, 2002 3:20 PM
I wouldn't be suprised if Islands Of Adventure has a "command room" or sorts.
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Friday, February 1, 2002 5:20 PM
The camera's on Batman The Ride at SFGAm, are not linked to anywhere else (that I know of) other than for the ride op's to see.  they are there to monitor your safety. 
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Friday, February 1, 2002 6:50 PM
I always though those were there just to look cool, and add to the whole batcave theme.  May also serve a usefull purpose, hower none of the ride ops pay too much attention to them.
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Friday, February 1, 2002 6:56 PM
I pay attention to them when I am working the ride.  It was important for the lift to make sure no one unbuckled. 
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Friday, February 1, 2002 6:57 PM
Most of the coasters I've been on have cameras watching the ride at some point.
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Friday, February 1, 2002 10:04 PM
The only other reason I thought that is because Batman is the only ride that has the camera's (at least that I can see).  Does it really have a camera watching the lift?  The only one's I saw were a couple on the stairs, and one on the train in the station.
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Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:30 AM
As for underground stuff, PKI has a pretty large system.  In times of weather emergencies (tornadoes, whatever) there is a huge underground room stretching from under the Eiffel tower all the way up to the front gate.  I'd imagine that they have a lot of stuff down there control wise, or at least for storage or something.  Also, there is a large room underneath the FoF drum. 
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Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:42 AM
Alf, I didn't know you worked there.  I still can't believe that SFGA doesn't have cameras throughout the park to monitor guests.  that just doesn't seem right.  even if it just is stored and if a problem arises it can be dealt with later by looking at video tapes for say a missing person or something like that.  I've never had any complaints about security, but I have a hard time believing they don't monitor guests.

as for B:TR, I also thought they were for theming.  I don't understand why ride ops should be looking at them.  there should be a control room that notifies ride ops when and if something goes wrong.  IMO ride ops should be focusing on getting people on and off the ride as quickly and safely as possible.

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Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:40 PM
Sure! Of course they do!
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And there is a HUGE nuclear arsenal under the Pentagon..
jeremy
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Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:52 PM
I know SFoT has a lot of video cameras.
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 10:45 AM
The Cedar Point special was kind of misleading... In the Park Operations officce,
they don't have 'real time' data that would tell them how long a line is at any specific ride. To find out how long a line is, they just call the ride and ask. A good enterance host can tell how long the line is, down to the minute. The only data they have 'real time' is what rides are running, and what the weather will be... Park Operations at Cedar Point is really low tech...
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2001 - Cedar Downs crew, WildCat crew, Magnum crew, Gemini crew
2002 - Wave Swinger/Swan Boats Team Leader
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Tuesday, February 5, 2002 10:52 AM
I worked at park op at the adventuredome. it was essentially the nerve center for the park. us clerks did everything from contacting maintenance when a ride was down, to filling out daily attendance reports , to processing new employees.

we had offices for the 3 park supervisors as well as the general manager in there. it was us the "base" clerks that made it all work tho!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2002 2:35 PM
Well we all know USH has something to wacth the lines, other wise how could they update the greatest invetion since roller coasters.  The how long is the wait song.
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