Wednesday, September 26, 2001 4:58 PM
who do you think are really friendy ride ops and who are some really rude ones when you go to amusement parks?
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Alien Ant Farm rules!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2001 5:07 PM
One time at PGA my friends and I met some really nice ride-ops from Russia. They were here for the summer as a college exchange program. One of them named, Anastasia, let us cut up the exit for Top Gun. :)

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We're not White, Black, Hispanic, or Asian. We're American!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2001 5:25 PM
CP - Nicest Ride Ops ever!  They let me ride MF with the lap bar loose as heck and the seatbelt wasn't tightened at all!  AIRTIME CITY!!!!!  Not to mention that their attitudes are great!  They sure are friendly.

SFWoA - This park came out as a mix.  The ops on X-Flight, S:UE, B:KF, and the Security guards were nice.  But, many other ride ops were rude, stuck-up, and just didn't really give a crud about the guests.

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Bomb Squad Technician

If you see me running, try and keep up!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2001 6:12 PM
KW ride ops. are very nice.  Whenever they have some free time, you can probably get into a nice conversation with them.  I even gave one op. a nice compliment for the crew bieng veey nice on the Thunderbolt.  I was at the park one day by myself and rode the ride numerous times and they NEVER, (whoever is the ticket-taker), got angry when they had to find me a partner!:)  I am sure that some of them get in a bad mood such as working long days when it is extremely hot outside.  But you probably have to forgive them, after all, they are working their butts off to please us.:)  Since KW is closed now, did anyone think that their ride ops. were nice when they went to the park?
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Kennywood is my home park!!!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2001 6:22 PM
The Daredevil Dive ops at SFGAm were so rude! They would mumble something for you to do and if you didn't hear they would scream at you! It was still a great ride.

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"Get off of my moor you michtevous weeins." We prefer to stay" (eyes begin glowing) "Your thinking of hurting us." "Now your thinking, how did they know what I was thinking?" " But now your thinking, I hope that's Shepards Pie in my knickers"

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Thursday, September 27, 2001 5:56 AM
The very best crew I'd ever seen was at Conneaut Lake Park's Blue Streak. My friend and I went to CLP as the last stop on a five parks (Lakemont, Knoebel's, Kennywood, Waldameer, CLP) in three days Pa. trip, and those guys ruled. I never saw a crew who had so much fun doing their job.

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"you have to be kidding me, they wouldn't do those unspeakable things. oh, my Jesus, it's worse than you think." - autopsy of the devil's brain

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Thursday, September 27, 2001 11:58 AM
Friendy Ride Ops - Most of Cedar Point's Ride Ops are among the best around.

I absolute loved the Ride Ops on Raptor, they were Superb, Most were having Fun with the Guests, and I have never seen a crew run a 3 Train operation so Brilliant, the queue never stopped moving, and what looks like a 1-2hr queue is actually only a 45 min queue. Bravo Raptor Crew

Also The Crew on MF have to get a mention, I just loved how they were firing up the Crowd with every ride. The Ride Ops were always telling them in the unload station on the Microphone How Was your Ride, and everyone gives out a big Cheer, Its a great thing to watch. Again the crew were Friendly, and great to be around, they also ensured that all trains when out full

Nasiest Ride Ops - I cant think of any really really bad Ride Ops, but I guess some at SFWOA can be mentioned in here unfortunutly.

The Crew on Serial Thriller I felt were awful.

For a start they were Slow and taking their time to do everything from checking restraints etc.
they have a strange rule of waiting for everyone tto leave the station before loading the next ride.
When disabled people come up the exit, the crew actually let them ride the FRONT seat. What the hell is this all about, I dont care if they are disabled, they shouldnt be allowed to ride Front Seat, other people mentioned it too.
Stacking happened everytime, trains were left on brake run for upto 2-3 mins at a time.

As for the rest of the park, BFK's Crew were excellent, along with X-Flight's Crew and SUE's Crew.
Villians Crew were average, and Double Loops Crew along with Raging Wolf Bobs were also terrible, apparently, they are so dumb, they can only run 1 Train Operation, and wont even bother getting another train out even when its busy, which is why I wanna know if it the Crew's Decision to get another train out, Or the Management's Decision??????

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Thursday, September 27, 2001 12:15 PM
PaulD-  As a Raptor Crew member I would just like to say thanks! It is always great to read that somebody appreciates us!  Thank you very much! ~A
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Thursday, September 27, 2001 12:31 PM
Cedar Fair - CP and KBF.  BGW and BGT are good too.  But the BEST ride-ops are at HW, NO DOUBT!!!  Independents are a little better at hiring friendly people to begin with IMO, but you can certainly tell which parks stress guest relations, and which don't!

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rollergator - intent on improving the "guest experience" - coming soon to a park near you

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Thursday, September 27, 2001 12:50 PM
Hey, thanks PaulD...as Adrian said, its nice to feel appreciated.

Since I can't make an unbiased statement about CP's ride ops, I won't.

However, Six Flags St. Louis ride ops were very efficient and friendly during my visit in early August. I think it was the first I had seen that in any Six Flags Park. Usually there are a few good crews within the park (SUE/Mind Eraser at SFWOA comes to mind) but overall Six Flags don't seem to care that much about the hapiness of the guests.

Also on kind of a side note, the Holiday World employees that came and rode Raptor on two different occasions this summer had to have been the friendliest bunch of guests I saw come through all summer. I can't wait to eventually get to this park and see their hospitatlity first hand.

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Kyle
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2000-01
Top 5 Steel: Raptor, Kumba, MF, Magnum, Goliath

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Thursday, September 27, 2001 2:50 PM

RaptorAdrian2101 said:
"PaulD-  As a Raptor Crew member I would just like to say thanks! It is always great to read that somebody appreciates us!  Thank you very much! ~A"

Hey No Problem, I am suprised you guys dont get more praise from customers and guests. I actually think you're the Best Ride Crew out of anyone at Cedar Point, and thats really saying something. The Crew on MF come a very close second though.

Another thing I like what you guys do is what they do on MF, When the Train Arrives in the Station, You say to the Guests, Welcome Back Raptor Riders, How was your Flight(Or something to that effect) and for every 1 in 2 Rides, everyone generally gives out a pretty big Cheer. Also your dispatch times were excellent, I noticed that when one train had left the station, the train that was coming in had unloaded/Loaded/All restraints checked etc and was leaving when the train that had left in front of it reached between the Inline Twist and Cobra Roll. Talk about Speed

Also RaptorAdrian2101 and Blaster_1578, Can you remember if you were working on June 4th and 5th this year were you, Cause thats when I was there;);) Just wondered if you happened to be there

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Thursday, September 27, 2001 3:00 PM
Although I didn't read through the posts people presented, I just wanted to make a general comment.

Just because you experienced good ops at a park, doesn't mean they are always good ops. Just because you experienced bad ops, doesn't mean they are always bad ops. Some ops might hate their jobs and don't work efficently, some love their jobs and try their best.

I guess my point is, not all the same ops work each day, and not each "act" the same each day. If someone had a bad day, they will show it.. but that doesn't mean they are always like that. I don't think its "fair" to compare parks to parks... "Cedar points ops are the best!" or "The ops at Six Flags suck" only because not ALL ride ops act that way no matter where you go. Some people care about their jobs and making people feel good regardless of how others are showing it. Some try to do the least work possible. Everyone is different... although, some parks take "action" against, but yet some don't.
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Alan Jacyszyn
alan@coasterbuzz.com

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Thursday, September 27, 2001 3:21 PM
the ride ops on MF were REALLY cool, they sounded pumped up and enthusiastic all day, and plus they were pretty funny too, they were having fun with their jobs and also getting awesome capacity.  i also liked the raptor crew as paulD said, the queue really doesnt stop moving with that coaster.  but then again the ride ops at SFMM are pretty cool too, but CP's are without a doubt the best IMO.
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t h e r e s a monkey in my pocket and he stealing all my change, his stare is blank and glassy i suspect that hes diranged.....
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Thursday, September 27, 2001 3:42 PM
I can answer this easy. Cedar Point has the absolute best employees, they are very friendly and treat you right. At Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, the employees suck, they are absolutely no fun they are lazy, annoying, and all they have at the coasters are lousy recordings. At Cedar Point they get the people on the ride hyped up and makes the ride even funner. The ones at CP work faster too. They don't take 6 hours to load a coaster train.
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Thursday, September 27, 2001 8:25 PM
It all depends on attitude. As an op we all have good and bad days. Personally, i when work at MGM like it busy because there's so much to do and you have lots of fun, but when  i worked at Circus Circus it sucked casuse they already dont like thier employees so anymore pressure made things worse.  I do, however, have a problem with slow ops.  Stacking, as ive been trained isnt an option. You meet intervals or else. At rides like Rim Runner at Adventuredome, when you run a full capacity 3 boats you cannot stack as you will get a "splashdown" in the station.Our rhythm was 30 second interval meaning the boat in the station should be leaving when the controls op sees the wave from the boat in back - a splashdown happens if "A" block isnt clear or you are trying to play "splash the unload op and a massive wave of water hits the boat in front. (This was frowned upon as it made the station abnormally slippery as well as got load ops wet.) f the station doesnt clear then you get a block setup which means some yelling from those in charge. Some places they just let people take their time getting in and out. mean people dont like to be rushed, but you do have to make them feel that sense of urgency you know. A little speed never hurt anyone. Finally, reguardless of the situation though you must still be kind as that is how the industry was built and thrives upon kindness to its patrons.
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"ok everyone go ahead and pull down on your shoulder restraint so you feel nice and stuck!"
*** This post was edited by baddboy on 9/28/2001. ***

*** This post was edited by baddboy on 9/28/2001. ***

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Friday, September 28, 2001 10:53 AM
Actually PaulD, I was there on June 4th and 5th.  I think RaptorAdrian was too.  Good observation on our dispatches.  Actually in order to hit interval (which we try to do as much as much as possible, getting one train out so the incoming one never stops in the transfer track) we have to start dispatching before it gets all the way into the heartline spin.  We usually try to dispatch as it gets to the top of the loop.  

Also, we enjoy asking you how your flight was just as much as you enjoy answering.   It keeps us pumped up and reminds us of what a great ride Raptor is.   I feel very lucky that I got the opportunity to work on the big, bad bird for two summers........Anyways, this doesn't really fit into the forum topic anymore, so I'm going to shut up.

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Kyle
-Raptor Crew-
2000-01
Top 5 Steel: Raptor, Kumba, MF, Magnum, Goliath

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