Queue Line Capacity

Sunday, October 13, 2002 11:27 AM
Roller coasters can have hourly capacities ranging anywhere from 250 people an hour to 3000 people an hour. This made me wonder, how many people can a typical queue line hold at one time?

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 11:33 AM

varies from Q to Q i guess. most new rides are designed to take Qs of about 3 hours length or so, but that would vary from coaster to coaster depending on their throughput.

a little side question, what coaster has the best throughput in people per hour? i know hulk can do 2000, anyone know of anything that beats that?

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 11:35 AM
Queue lines vary greatly in length. There really is no standard length. Parks even sometimes change the length of queue lines. Often after a ride has been around for a vew years, the queue is shortened to free the space up for other things. Or even converted for another nearby attraction. SFA uses the long queue for Roar for their haunted house nearby every October.
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Sunday, October 13, 2002 11:36 AM
I don't know for sure, but I would think California Screamin' would have the best throughput since it can run six trains.
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Sunday, October 13, 2002 11:42 AM
the number of trains doesnt really have much effect of throughput, look at wild mouse coasters!
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Sunday, October 13, 2002 11:56 AM

By "capacity," I meant the number of people, not wait time. Lets say you filled up the entire queue line for ( Insert Coaster Here ). How many people would be in the line?

I know that Gemini at Cedar Point has great capacity. I think ( emphasis on think ) RideMan calculated the PPH to be 3000-3500 one day he went.

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 2:55 PM

For starters its just a Queue. Saying Queue Line is about as redundant as saying Line Line.

OK I am off my rant now, just my greatest pet peeve.

Anyway the capacity of a queue just depends on the size of a park and the popularity of the line.

Jackrabbit at Kennywood is straight in and I would say holds no more then 250 peeps.

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 3:54 PM

Thanks, MagnumForce. It always bugs me, too.

On topic - a higher capacity ride should have a smaller queue area than a lower capacity one.

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 4:07 PM
I think the park just builds it as big as they think neccesary, or as big as they can if they are limited by space. There is no such thing as a typical Queue. A average woodie at SFMM would need to have a larger queue than that of one at SFEG due to the fact that the crowds are so much larger. Why build more queue when it will rarely be used So it ranges from park to park.

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 4:12 PM
Look at Fiesta Texas with Road Runner Express. OMG! It has the longest queue line I have ever seen! No one really goes on it so I don't understand why it has such a long queue line.
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Sunday, October 13, 2002 4:54 PM

Dueling Dragons queue is kindof.... extremely long, but it is almost never even halfway full.

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 5:18 PM
The American Eagle has a huge queue line it takes so long to walk through.
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Sunday, October 13, 2002 6:19 PM

Coasters with the best capacity? For dual track rides, I guess Gemini at CP gets the crown.

For single track coasters, I know that the BTM coasters at the Disney parks can pull 2400-2500 an hour quite easily (with the DLP one, stacking ain't allowed, period!). RnRC at WDW pulls 1500 an hour, with 4 trains running (last winter, during the christmas season, they managed to run 5 trains on that thing! For a 122 seconds ride total... wow.).

From my calculations, with 6 trains running, with a 36 seconds launch interval, California Screamin whould pull 2400 people per hour. Space Mountain at DLP also pulls 2400 riders per hour.

Another contender for best capacity for their coasters whould be Europa Park. Why? Well... restraint checking is not necessary for them.....

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 6:21 PM

kcies13-SFGAm said:

Dueling Dragons queue is kindof.... extremely long, but it is almost never even halfway full.

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I was there for two days this spring and the first one (Wed. in mid march) the queue was out of the castle and down past the cobra roll outside.

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 6:21 PM

kcies13-SFGAm said:

Dueling Dragons queue is kindof.... extremely long, but it is almost never even halfway full.

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I was there for two days this spring and the first one (Wed. in mid march) the queue was out of the castle and down past the cobra roll outside.

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 6:33 PM
That sucks! I rarly waited for it and when I did It was about 15 minutes! I can tell you when it comes to queue's they al varry, I bet the newer ones at least are built to hold 2 hrs worth of people. That varries to though. For people in a queue, well if you say a ride is doing 1000 PPH and the line's an hour, well you can get an idea. But I also think it's great about how the not only the Disney coasters have 2000 + capacity, but simply CANNOT be stacked or it breaks! Depending on how many trains there are.
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Sunday, October 13, 2002 6:39 PM
CA screamin can launch a train every 36 seconds, and thus get a capacity of 2400. Great but not the best I'm sure. I'm sure dueling dragon's queue hold many people. Space Mountain at DL isn't that large and often overflows.
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Sunday, October 13, 2002 6:44 PM
Now obviously, a twin track coaster is going to have more than a single track coaster. So, I guess the question is, what is the highest single track coaster capacity.
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Sunday, October 13, 2002 8:03 PM

Ballparking Magnum's regular queue (not long entrance queues):

Wait time: 45 minutes
Hourly capacity: 1650 pph (about an average hour)

That means you're standing in there with about 1238 people on a typical day in July or August.

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Sunday, October 13, 2002 8:12 PM

I have a LONG list of complaints with queue designs, but I won't bore you with the details....;). Even the best of them have their areas where *notable improvements* COULD be made....

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