Mantis Question for Jeff

Tuesday, January 23, 2001 2:49 PM
I've noticed you seem to have a bit of a grudge on the staff there for the 99 season...please update me with what happened :)

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-Glitchey
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Tuesday, January 23, 2001 2:54 PM
Yeah Jeff, tell all of us newbies what the deal was. I know we could just look it up in the search engine, but there's a whole new generation that haven't heard the tale.

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Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it...eventually
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Tuesday, January 23, 2001 3:26 PM
To my experience, they were just bad that season.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2001 3:37 PM
There has to be more to it! Jeff keeps refering to them in posts...??? Jeff? :)

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-Glitchey
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Tuesday, January 23, 2001 3:39 PM
Ya,cmon Jeffery!Let us in!
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Tuesday, January 23, 2001 3:53 PM
*starts chanting* Jeff, Jeff, Jeff, Jeff. Ooo, and can we hear the whole SROS stuck on the lifthill story too?

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Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it...eventually
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Tuesday, January 23, 2001 3:54 PM
I think Millennium Force has it right. I thought they were bad that season, but rocked in 2K. I think most of it has to do with those seat belts. The 99 crew could not handel it well, but I only experienced one "Mantis Stop" this year. Good job Mantis Crew 2K.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2001 4:41 PM
Well, I'm not Jeff, but I've had the same experiences as him in 1999. The problem was that the crew must have gotten disgusted with guests, because when a guests would sit down on their harness, while they were locking them, they would yell at them or make fun of them.

Not only this, but the installment of seatbelts caused the crew to have to buckle and check all the seat belts. The crew would also scold the guests for trying to buckle their own belts. This caused the trains to stack (or back up). Stacking caused longer lines, which dropped the capacity of the ride, and after a while, the whole Mantis experience was soured by the crew and their performance.


*** This post was edited by CPgenius on 1/23/2001. ***
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Tuesday, January 23, 2001 4:45 PM
It wasn't too bad, say it was run like something at SFO. It just looked really bad at The Point because they have the best capacity/ops.
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"God gave me a wake up call," RelientK-"Wake Up Call"
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Tuesday, January 23, 2001 5:02 PM
Wow I can't believe that actually happened. I never had a problem on Mantis. Taking the webmaster a long time to respond...

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Number 1 And Only Cedar Point
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Tuesday, January 23, 2001 6:52 PM
Interesting... nine replies to a question for me.

Well, as anyone who has been on a B&M stand-up knows, they're not the most clever restraints ever made, and it's not easy to get people on or off the train quickly (or stand-up for that matter). While I certainly understand that, No park really does a good job of showing you how it should be done either. I've always felt that a restraint at the bottom of the stairs with a dummy in it, standing, legs not bent, would be helpful.

That aside, an already difficult situation was made worse by a crew with a bad attitude. You know I love the way they run that park, but these idiots were just vulgar. The ride would be silent for a half-minute at a time as all three trains would be stacked and motionless. Their spiel was totally patronizing and sarcastic, they would border on physical abuse strapping people in or kicking their feet around. Just generally not being nice to people. As a pass holder, no big deal, but can you imagine that experience with your once-a-year amusement park visit? Unacceptable!

I made some serious complaints to their marketing folk, the only people I really know on the "inside," and things seemed to change. Last year's crew did a much better job and always kept at least one train on the course. Word on the street is that they've considered doing an unload platform to shave some time off that crappy interval. We'll see!

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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