Are the employees not being trained properly?
That's a big part of it. When Six Flags ride ops go through training they may not even realize that dispatching the train quickly and effeciently is one of the goals they have. I chuckle when some people come back from SF parks with reports talking about "hitting interval" or "stacking trains" when your average SF employee probably hasn't heard anything like that in their life. You'd probably get a response like "Stacking trains? Like on top of eachother? What?"
That includes attendants, ride ops, team leads, and division supervisors, and is really just one example.
Actually that is one of the main goals they have. Especially when most ride ops that work coasters are audited a day or two after being certified. I've seen two people fired because they stacked the trains on Road Runner without a good reason. Stacking and hitting interval are common words around SFKK so I don't see why they wouldn't be drilled into the "flagship park" even more.
This could be the answer
Chuck Hendrix came on board in June for reasons that don't belong in a public forum. Take note of when operations began slipping....
Although I don't understand how things can fall flat in one month, this seems to be a plausible reason why things seem out of order these days. I hope they turn things around . . . and fast.
*** Edited 7/31/2006 4:13:01 AM UTC by Antuan***
Fate is the path of least resistance.
Hence cut backs in staffing and park hours.
A day at the park is what you make it!
SFMM and SFGAdv don't seem to be part of his plan for the long term future of the Six Flags chain.
My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.
I think the design is flawed, and building them was a mistake from a business standpoint. I'm glad I rode them, but the height is meaningless since you have so little time to appreciate it.
I won't get in line for them unless the line is short because you just never know when they will break down (it seems they always do).
And it seems to me that people looking for problems and go in with a negative attitude are always going to find what they desire/looking for. I've been going to SFGAdv for a long time, and I always have a good time with few exceptions.
Intamin Fan said:
The comment about hitting intervals is the furtherest thing from the truth--at least last year. When I went during Fright Fest, the control op was telling the ride ops when their interval was coming up on Kingda Ka--and they were doing an excellent job of making it everytime.
One ride op on one day at one park on one coaster! ;)
I was speaking about the chain in general. I'll still contend that 9 out of 10 SF employees who operate or attend roller coasters aren't going to know the first thing about how to run their rides at full capacity.
That's great that there seemed to be an operator who actually was informing his attendants about what needed to be done but I'm sure he or she was very much the exception to the rule.
Coasterdude read your private messages when you get a chance. *** Edited 8/1/2006 1:14:06 AM UTC by matt.***
To insinuate that nobody at Six Flags cares about these things "because it's Six Flags" is a little ridiculous.
If you reread my first post I never made a blanket claim about every single crew member at ever single park. I was making generalizations about the *majority* of SF ride ops/attendants that I still feel are true.
The bottom line is that there is no reason why the efficiency at your average SF park can't be as good or better as any other park in another chain (or indie park, of course). The only reasonable explanation I can come up with is A.) the training isn't good enough from the get go and/or B.) the things brought up in training aren't being enforced in the field.
I think it's a combination of both. No matter what the explanation is, the things I saw going on at SFA last year were enough to make me think the folks running the rides hadn't been trained like...at all. Which isn't really their fault, it's their supervisors who should have been noting what was going on the rides they were supposedly responsible for.
Trust me, tho, I'm more than happy to give credit the parks like SFGAm that rock my world in every way every time I go. ;) *** Edited 8/1/2006 10:43:22 PM UTC by matt.***
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
Love that, I wish my writng style was as good as yours. For it me its like getting ketchup out a glass bottle.
I like the fun roller coasters with small dips and quick turns.
Craig the Coaster Freak said:
El Toro sounds awesome though.
El Toro IS the only reason to go to Great Adventure.
Craig the Coaster Freak said:
KK has a horrible track record in terms of accidents compared to Dragster
I must have missed the part where Kingda Ka injured anybody.
-Nate (who thinks there are *plenty* of reasons to go to SFGAdv)
Only now im afraid it wont work!
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