Number Ops on a Ride

Friday, May 17, 2002 10:38 AM

What is the number of ops on the rides at you local parks and how does it vary from busy to lite days?


Canyon Blaster has (3): controls, unload and load normally, with an extra load and unload when busy (2 train op).

Rim Rummer has (5): controls, unload, load, lift, and chute for normal 2 boat operation. an extra load for 3 boats.

Imax Cineplex has (3): two ops running shows, and a line person. Sometimes when its slow they will have one person inside alternating shows.

Sandpirates (swinging ship) (2): one on the load side at controls and one at unload.

All the others have at least 1 op and may get extra help when busy.

MGM (when open for special events):

SkyScreamer has a minimum of 8 when running both sides: two flight suiters, two expiditers, two controllers and two assitant controllers.

Lighting Bolt has 3: Controls, loader and unloader

Manhattan Express @ New York New York has 4 or 5: controls, unload, load1, load 2, and sometimes grouper

Speed:The Ride has between 3 and 6: Controls, unload, and load are the norm, but also have an extra loader, unloader and platform person when needed.

Stratosphere Tower:

Big Shot usually has 3: one in the tower and two loaders.

High Roller has 3: two at the load station, one at the unload station.

"ok everyone go ahead and pull down on your shoulder restraint so you feel nice and stuck!"

*** This post was edited by baddboy on 5/17/2002. ***

Friday, May 17, 2002 11:28 AM
I really wouldn't know, because I go to parks to have fun not count how many ops are working a ride...
Friday, May 17, 2002 12:00 PM
Yea, I mean normally, when riding a ride that I haven't ridden on, I am too nervous to see how many are running it. But I think that there is about 5 at every roller coaster in Ohio. At least I'm pretty sure. The only time I think I've remembered is when Adventure Express broke down. I remember there was 2 in the control room, 2 on each side of the track, and one supervising. I'm not quite clear on this vague subject though.
Friday, May 17, 2002 12:04 PM

A "grouper" is a WAY-underrated person IMO.....I know us Floridians get kinda spoiled sometimes, but increasing capacity and reducing empty seats kicks butt.....sure, staff costs money, but as discussed on another thread, happy patrons spend more money than PO'd ones do.

Of course, a single-riders line works even better....;)

Friday, May 17, 2002 12:09 PM

CP as at least 5 on every Ride all season long, it never varies.

The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Friday, May 17, 2002 12:42 PM

Well, I know how many are at my rides... don't know about others yet...

Vortex: 4 - Op, Lift, Loader, Exit

Shockwave: 3, but can operate with 2 - Op, Grouper, and Loader

"I sold my soul to Viacom"

Friday, May 17, 2002 12:44 PM
Magnum at CP usually runs with 8 and never less than 6. The positions are entrance, turnstyles, load 3 (checks car 6 and controls gates and co-dispatch), load 2, and load 1 (doubles as spiel person now with a headset), unload 2, unload 1, and controls. On very light days the entrance person is cut and the turnstyles position moves to the bottom of the stairs to check heights, and perform the duties the entrance host would have (special access, parent swaps, etc). Also, sometimes when breaks are behind, there will be one less person up on the platform. And on weekends there is often a "garbo" position that gets to pick up trash under and around the ride.

2001 Magnum Crew

Friday, May 17, 2002 1:15 PM
Usually about 3.

Roller Coasters or sports? I guess there are questions nobody can answer!

Friday, May 17, 2002 4:48 PM
Viper at SFGADv had about 12 a month ago.
Wednesday, May 22, 2002 2:16 PM

For my two rides:

SOB runs a normal 4 person shift: Greeter, unload, Load and controller.

Top Gun runs a normal 3 person shift: unload, load and controller. I think White Water Canyon needs 6, controller, load, unload, line, Tower 2 (the shack by the gate control) and tower 3 (the one that gets ya with gysers accross from the lookout).

SOB crew in twenty 02

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 3:34 PM

Disneyland Paris:

Space Mountain

Greeter 2 (entrance of ride, under the huge Space Mountain sign. Check heights, gives infos, etc.)

Greeter 1 (entrance of mountain, mix stand-by line with FP line using a video camera.)

Fast Pass Ticketing (at the FP distributor, make sure everything works and answer the guests MANY questions)

Fast Pass recuperation: check FP time and pick up tickets. Check heights.

2 Groupers (assign seating, 1 by loading station)

1 unload, 1 load and 1 dispatch by station.

control tower (in the control tower, at the middle of the station, lots of pictures when you're sitting there, lol)

Mountain 3 (guest relations, lol! Move wheelchairs, empty the station, help the unload, etc. He's on the annexe side.)

Which gives us a total of 14 ops! Now... if we have LOTS, we put sweepers in the waiting line, Mountain 4 (for the other station) and rover (check the lines, so nobody cut!)

Friday, May 24, 2002 11:55 AM
Last summer I saw ONE person run the Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze in Rochester. Granted, it only has one train, but this guy did everthing. I was amazed that he could check wristbands, operate the trim breaks, stop the train, release the restraints, and do it all over again---all day long!
Friday, May 24, 2002 12:10 PM


SOB crew in twenty 02

Friday, May 24, 2002 1:53 PM

Dreamworld down here has a single operator on most rides when it isn't a holiday, and of course thats not to say that some of these days aren't packed.

Cyclone, the new old Arrow coaster has one op most of the time to load, unload, check restraints on both sides, and dispatch the train.

Thunderbolt, the other looper, has one person to do all the same. In fact this ride rarely ever gets more than two people operating it even on the busiest days.

Now this is where it gets sorta scary. Tower of Terror, one of the tallest and fastest rides in the world, has often got a single person operating it.

Next we have Giant Drop, the worlds tallest ride, and tallest freefall ride. This ride usually has a single lady operating it, and she's not a very nice one at that, often forgetting her happy pills.

Meanwhile down the road at Movie World, they have 6-8 people running Lethal Weapon, the SLC. Doing a seamless 2-train operation.

Wild Wild West, the mega-themed flume, has usually got around 6 people running it. One organises people into groups. Another sorts people into boats. One helps with unloading. One squigies the seats after the people get off. One sits in the control room and monitors all the cameras, and deals with loading problems. And there is one lonely sole up in the mountain in a dark room to monitor boats as they come past.

So what if the best coaster in Australia is a second hand Arrow?

Friday, May 24, 2002 2:11 PM

MagnumForce said:

CP as at least 5 on every Ride all season long, it never varies.

On Monday Blue Streak had 3 ops in the station and one at the entrance. So really only 3 people were operating it.


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