Ride-ops mumbling the lines?

Thursday, February 28, 2002 1:46 PM
Did you ever notice that towards the end of the day you can't understand what the Ride-op's are saying on the loading platform?Something like "welcome to the Magnum Xl200 blah blah blah blah Clear"Then the ride starts.No offence to ride-op's, it prabably gets old saying the same thing a zillion times a day.

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Thursday, February 28, 2002 1:51 PM
Well, at SFNE when either the announcements don't work or what and they have to say the announcements I can't understand a word they are saying. It doesn't even matter what time of day it is.

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Thursday, February 28, 2002 2:29 PM
If you did that non stop for 12 hours, you would be fuzzy, too.
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Thursday, February 28, 2002 2:30 PM
Somtimes some ride ops might do it on purpose just to make the day more enjoyable =)
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Thursday, February 28, 2002 2:39 PM
After about 12 hours it does get old and especially after 100 days of it, but sometimes it is done to make t hings fun.

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Thursday, February 28, 2002 3:09 PM
Welcome back (coaster) riders, how was your flight?

Oncoming riders, watch your step while entering (coaster). Please Position (lap bar, OTSR, etc).

We will now take you up (x amount of feet) drop you (x amount of feet) at a (degree of angle) drop. You will reach a maximum speed of (max speed) and be turned upside down an amazing (number of inversions etc.) times. We will see you back her in (time of ride).

Thank you for visiting (park). (parks tagline).

*** This seems to ne the standard format at most of the parks I have visited. I guess the ride ops would get tired of it. I know we have accidently peeved a few ops by unintentionally memorzing the speech while waiting in line then saying the speech before them, or with them..

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Thursday, February 28, 2002 5:07 PM
One thing that hasn't brought up is that the PA systems used for this purpose usually aren't the best in the world. Most parks opt for volume over clarity. To my knowledge they don't use a sound engineer to design and set them up. A microphone , amp and a bunch of speakers spread out over the Que and loading area with no testing for accoustical properties done.
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Thursday, February 28, 2002 5:34 PM
Notice these days most of the saying is done by a recording? Like on Goliath.

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Thursday, February 28, 2002 6:53 PM
Dutchman, you're headed in the right direction, except that installations of speakers are usually done by professional companies. The problem is that a lot of parks, say Hersheypark for example, are still using outdated speaker systems in their older stations (Comet for example). Newer speaker systems have a lot more clarity. The other problem is that many parks don't have a good gain structure going on with the amps, speaker etc. I often hear the operators voice distorting, meaning that the input is turned up too loud before the amplifier. Lastly, I've seen a lot of installs where they put a speaker right above the operators head which usually results in feedback when they try to turn up the volume past a certain level. Unfortunately, acoustics are the last thing most parks worry about in a queue, so you can have the best speakers, and still have a bad sound. Of course, it could be the difference between someone understanding directions, and not, causing delays.
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The word "definitely" is definitely the most misspelled word on the buzz.

*** This post was edited by Intamin Fan on 2/28/2002. ***

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Thursday, February 28, 2002 9:35 PM

Mumbling during statistics is probably the only acceptable time I believe that a ride operator can slack. If you can't tell that a ride is tall or how many times it goes upside down, then I wonder how you ever were able to find the park in the first place and in some cases what ride you are even about ride. Statistics are definitely not as important as safety rules. When it comes to safety, its always first in my book.

Coasterman Mike - ride op.

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Thursday, February 28, 2002 9:51 PM

at my park VF, luckily most spiels at the big rides (power tower, wild thing, high roller, corkscrew...) are automated which makes things a lot easier. unfortunately, the rides i worked at least year had the some of the longest spiels ever. i had to memorize five long ones just for three rides (wave, antique autos, carousel). the carousel spiel made us mention "1924 carousel" because they want to make sure that everyone knows it's a 1924 carousel. entrance spiel for antique autos and an exit spiel (yes, please exit on the right, the other side will just lead back to the forestland where little bunnies romp around and provide natural beauty). on the wave (shoot the chutes) the spiel is quite repetitive, yet necessary. you wouldn't believe how many people say that they didn't realize that the wave actually hits *on* the bridge or at least pretend as if they never knew.

most times, ride operators seem to be less enthused as less people actually listen to a spiel that is mandatory to repeat every single ride - even if it's only one rider. it's a never ending cycle of ride op gets discouraged because no one listens - ride op mumbles lines - no one listens to the mubling ride op...etc until someone complains and the ride op gets warned about it.

(on a side note, once when i was on an airplane to vegas, i was listening attentively to the attendants' takeoff presentation, while the majority weren't listening...and when we had to make an emergency stop and takeoff again...during the second presentation *everyone* was listening)

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Thursday, February 28, 2002 11:16 PM

Lethal Weapon, a modified SLC over here, has a preride video as well as a little speach by the Op, something along the lines of:

"Stunt drivers feel many different forces and manouvers during the shooting of movies. Lethal Weapon is designed to simulate these feelings, reaching speeds of up to 90km/hr and experiencing forces of over 4.5g's."

Then at the end of the day:

"Lethal Weapon is a ride that goes really really fast and upside down lots. Now I've got to show you a video"

I really see how doing this every five minutes gets boring, so long as you don't miss out on any vital information, such as 'don't stick your fingers in the wheels when in motion', or whatever, I think you're right.

If you don't like it, you can complain to Management, although that ain't fun!

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Friday, March 1, 2002 2:58 AM
On chiller half of the thng is on a tape all that the ride-op has to say is all clear.
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Friday, March 1, 2002 5:43 AM
Intamin Fan has it about right with the Audio. After working in both the professional Audio Installation and Touring Sound Reinforcement industry for years... I agree with his conclusion.

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Planned Parks for this summer: CP, SFWoA, SFGAm, SFKK, PKI, MA, SFStL, HP, KW, SFMM, KBF. Is 11 enough?

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Friday, March 1, 2002 5:54 AM

When i was @ CP and riding the Mine Ride, I laughed my buttocks off when they said "We'll take you up X amount of feet and X amount of inches."

Fun ride-op's rule. :)

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Friday, March 1, 2002 6:37 AM
I notice at SFGAdv they hardely ever use the pa sytyem? one time i was about to get on Hercules at Dorneypark and the micorphone for the pa sytem stoped working so they had to shut down the ride. I think all SFGAdv ever reallysays its clear dispacth but nuthing too fancy such when you go to Cedarpoint and they are asking how ur ride was etc.
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Friday, March 1, 2002 10:02 AM
Wooden Cyclone you are right. Since I am not used to the "always happy/smiling rideop" it caught me off guard the first time I went to Cedar Point. I was like... what are these kids on??

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Friday, March 1, 2002 10:15 AM

For some reason I always get a kick out of ride speils when they say, "We're going to take ya up and then we're going to drop you, and then you may go through some loops. Just make sure you keep all limbs that you'd like to keep inside the car at all times in which you feel as if you'd like to keep your limbs.

Now, I'm going to push this button and you're going to scream and have a good time"

(the speil was a combination of Raptor, Iron Dragon, and Cedar Creek all in one.)

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Friday, March 1, 2002 12:15 PM
Son of Beast has a recording that is triggered by a sensor. It is sort of amusing when they are testing the trains and there is no one on them because the loud speakers blare "Welcome back Son of Beast riders." What riders?

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Friday, March 1, 2002 12:21 PM

listening to the recording for SOB gets really annoying. I will never forget the words aslong as I live

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