Good Ride Operators!!!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2004 9:05 PM
I want to say thank you to all the hard-working, fast, and good ride ops. Me being a ride Op at SFoG, I've been a great ride op. I have never stacked trains at the Cyclone and barely at the Scorcher, I get about 650 people on Acrophobia every hour and the norm is 500. Next year I hope to be at Deja'Vu, Superman, or Batman. But this is for others to realize that there are good operators out there that do love what they do!!!! Is anybody else a good operator out there? I'd love to here about where you guys work at?

X Marks The Spiizot *** Edited 1/2/2004 2:29:05 AM UTC by X Marks The Spiizot***

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Thursday, January 1, 2004 9:26 PM
um...

Congrats?

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Thursday, January 1, 2004 9:32 PM
Yeah way to go man...

I would have to say though that of all the times I've been to 'oG (a lot), none of the ops compare to the ones at Cedar Point. Okay so a certain few do, but in general, most do not.

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Thursday, January 1, 2004 9:35 PM
Yes, CP
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Thursday, January 1, 2004 9:41 PM
Just discussing this last night....hard to compare ride ops from park to park....at CP, the *guests* seem to know their way around the place pretty good, and know how to load/unload THEMSELVES from the rides....certainly makes the ops' jobs a LOT easier....

Nonetheless, congrats XMTS...:)

bill, noted SFoG advocate...

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Thursday, January 1, 2004 9:47 PM

rollergator said:
....at CP, the *guests* seem to know their way around the place pretty good, and know how to load/unload THEMSELVES from the rides....quote]

HAHA Good one! :) I would hope so. Nothing to difficult about sitting down, fastening a seatbelt, remaining seated, and so on... though a lot seem to have trouble grasping that concept.

Coasterman Mike - Click it or ticket! ;)


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Thursday, January 1, 2004 11:37 PM
While CP's capacity is top notch, it is alot easier being a ride op at CP than at other parks.

I give more credit to hardworking ride ops who work at other parks than I do to those at CP. CP "over-staffs" their rides with employees, which makes it a lot easier to hit interval, fill seats, and check midgets.

I don't know how many times I've been to SF parks and have seen 2 op's checking a train and checking midgets on Batman and still hitting interval on a constant basis (not WoA LOL!). I'd love to see a 2 man Raptor crew check on Batman for an hour and see if their numbers are comparable.

Some of CP's policies make it alot easier aswell. At pratically every SF park, guests put their crap on the unload platform which takes a good 10-15 seconds, if not more. When your interval is 45 seconds or less, it makes it alot harder to check your 32 seat train.

So, if you actually are a good ride op, congrats. You deserve alot more praise than you actually get.

Corey - Former CP and SF ride op

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Thursday, January 1, 2004 11:41 PM
Maybe other parks should staff their coasters as well as CP.

I've been a ride op at a few parks. Because of that I make sure to at least say "Thank You" to other ride opps when I am visiting a park. If I notice that someone is doing an exceptional job, I let them know they are. They deserve at least that. *** Edited 1/2/2004 4:53:48 AM UTC by dexter***

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Thursday, January 1, 2004 11:45 PM
Agreed! But since they haven't yet, I'm giving credit where it's deserved.
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Thursday, January 1, 2004 11:51 PM
Just remember, unless you're actually behind the control panel, you're not a ride operator, but an attendant (at least at Six Flags).
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Thursday, January 1, 2004 11:55 PM
Six Flags (WOA) has a low amount of staff because of CP. Everyone wants to work at the Po!nt, so Six Flags doesn't have much employees. Thats what I heard anyway...
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Friday, January 2, 2004 12:03 AM
Intamin Fan - Does that really make any diffrence?

Whether your an attendant or an operator, you still are operating a ride. Each ride employee has a specific duty to operate the ride safely. Don't you think that would qualify all "attendants" as operators too? I sure do.

Idora - SFWoA could have enough employees if they really wanted them and provided a decent work enviroment. Just cause CP has good employees doesn't mean that WoA couldn't get them.

But since this isn't a SFWoA thread, I'm leaving it at that :) *** Edited 1/2/2004 5:06:37 AM UTC by rOLLocOASt***

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Friday, January 2, 2004 12:31 AM
I have to agree with rOLLocOASt. The job market, although recovering, still sucks. If Six Flags World of Adventure wanted to hire more people, trust me, they could. No one is going to turn down a job, especially if they are hard to come by.
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Friday, January 2, 2004 12:34 AM
Hi, I am new here. This is my first post. I have read CB for ever but never posted until now. Anyway, why does it seem like every post turned into comments about SFWOA. Granted, I do not like the park much and I completely understand why a lot of people hate the park but seems like every post has turned into something about SFWOA. Haha, I just thought it was interesting.

But anyway, on topic! I want to say thank you to all ride operators. Without you, well the rides wouldnt operate. Haha! You guys work your butts off all summer so we can have fun.

In particular, I want to thank some specific crews I have noticed over the summer kicking some butt.

--First, THE BEAST crew at PKI is one of the best crews I have seen. CP is my home park so its hard to bet some of our ride crews but THE BEAST crew is alsome and one of the best. They rarely never stack trains. They seem to always smile and are a great group at night. Plus, I believe they operate the Flyers and Trokia or at one time they operated Trokia. They do a great job at Flyers. If I had to reward a crew of the year, it would be THE BEAST crew. So, the managers and leads should be proud of such a group, which I am sure they are since I believe the crew is a direct reflection of their leaders.

Second, I would like to thank the RAPTOR crew at CP. They do an extremely good job every day. Never any stacking and a pleasant crew always.

Lastly, the TTD crew did an outstanding job with everything they had to deal with this year. When their ride was operating, they were a great bunch of people. Very impressive.

Honorable Mentions: MF at CP, Delirium at PKI, TRTR at PKI, Raven at HW, and Villian at SFWOA (they are one of the few crews at WOA that have ever impressed me.) *** Edited 1/2/2004 5:35:12 AM UTC by OhioCoasterGuy*** *** Edited 1/2/2004 5:36:11 AM UTC by OhioCoasterGuy***

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Friday, January 2, 2004 12:53 AM

rOLLocOASt said:
Intamin Fan - Does that really make any diffrence?

Whether your an attendant or an operator, you still are operating a ride. Each ride employee has a specific duty to operate the ride safely. Don't you think that would qualify all "attendants" as operators too? I sure do.



I was trying to make the separation between the two in Six Flags talk. When you sign up to work, they give you a badge that has all the rides on it. It indicates the various positions. Unless you've successfully completed a test and had a hole punched over your position, you're not a ride operator. In other words, the person checking your lap bar cannot suddenly go run the control panel, unless properly trained. I know, I'm probably splitting hairs.
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Friday, January 2, 2004 12:57 AM

Jephry said:
The job market, although recovering, still sucks. If Six Flags World of Adventure wanted to hire more people, trust me, they could.
I would argue that the "sucky" market is largely a regional phenomenon, and that seasonal, minimum wage, no benefit, jobs are not really a measure of the condition of the overall job market.
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Friday, January 2, 2004 1:26 AM
Agreed. If SFWoA really wanted the best employees, they'd offer them something more than that. Benefits such as a bonus, overtime, appreciation, friendly work enviroment, or even an occational "thanks" would do wonders IMO.

Intamin Fan - Yeah I know. I've still got my certification card, but I just find the labels annoying. Everyone that works a ride is a ride op to me :)

Dexter - Absolutely. If I see an employee or crew doing an exceptional job I'll write them a guest compliment.

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Friday, January 2, 2004 2:16 AM
To any CP operators/past operators, do they train you guys to be as you are. Or is it just certain perks, pay, atmosphere or etc. that prompts this ongoing complimenting of the ride ops at CP. Do other parks just not train other employees as they should be trained to be nice, courteous, fast and all while being safe? It just bugs me because it isnt that hard to be working as people should. People are just lazy and that bugs me to see that in ride operators/hosts.
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Friday, January 2, 2004 5:13 AM

X Marks The Spiizot said:
I want to say thank you to all the hard-working, fast, and good ride ops. Me being a ride Op at SFoG, I've been a great ride op. I have never stacked trains at the Cyclone and barely at the Scorcher, I get about 650 people on Acrophobia every hour and the norm is 500. Next year I hope to be at Deja'Vu, Superman, or Batman. But this is for others to realize that there are good operators out there that do love what they do!!!! Is anybody else a good operator out there? I'd love to here about where you guys work at?

X Marks The Spiizot *** Edited 1/2/2004 2:29:05 AM UTC by X Marks The Spiizot***


Ok, so you operated the rides all by yourself then? You must be hella good then!

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Friday, January 2, 2004 10:10 AM
I think the amount of staff, obviously makes a difference, is sometimes not as important as the attitude of the staff. Seen times as a ride op where capacity and guest experence was maintained with a smaller but enthusiastic staff compared to max staffing and there is a worker or two whom would rather not be there that day.

JW

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