On my first trip to SFMM, as a matter of fact, it was my first time there, I decided to ride the Revolution, as most people do who don't know the park well. While standing one behind loading in line, I noticed that the train in front - on our car - had a little yellow blob of someone's lunch. So, what did the employees do? They got a pail of water and poured it on the seat - and - Voila! They sent it on a "dry run." No mops, just the hope that the loop on the ride had emptied some of the contents (although it is unlikely due to Gforces).
Fortunately, the people in front of us did not know that the ride operators were running two trains, and let me and my sister board in front. Whew! we got the dry seats, and I'm glad the other people didn't realize their error until after we boarded - oh well! :)
At SFGAm, the procedure is clear the ride(so that people aren't sitting out on the brake run). Then clean the effected seat(s) thouroghly with soap. Then they dry the seat(s). Finally, the effected train is sent empty once more, then the ride resumes operation.
I was at BGW last year, and some lady lost her lunch on Apollo's Chariot.
I was the 3rd person in line to get on, so I would be on the next train (thankfully not that one), but all the employees did was hose the car down and send the train out empty for that "dry run". I guess thats all it is... clean it off and send it out once.
Sesame Place (kids...yeah)...if it's on the ground, or pretty much anything...take this sand/dirt combo, put it over top of the upchuckage...spray it all down with a disenfectant, sweep/wipe it up, and voila.....fortunately i've never seen someone (at least during my shifts) throw up on the coaster...but we did have a lil kid pee in the car once...that was a nice disenfectant job ;)
Mantis was chucked on while I was waiting in line. The CP crew sprayed the seat down and then disinfected/wiped it down with cleaner. They probably spent a good 5 to 10 mins. cleaning it. Then they sent it out on a dry run and loaded it. Funny I saw another kid make it all the way outside of the Disaster Transport building before he hurled over the exit ramp rail into the grass.
What thrillerman1 described with Mantis is the pretty spot on for rides at CP. Although we had a hose-worthy event this year on Magnum. One guy got off and chucked his lunch in the corner of the platform...naturally instead of leaning over the side. Then the very next train that came in this kid in the first car threw up on the back, middle, and front of the platform. Upon closer inspection I believe that one of those stuffed pretzels by the ride was to blame. :)
I just HAD to click on this thread..........ugh. LOL!
I have seen these things happen way too many times......the most recent was last year during my very first time riding Raging Bull. We were waiting for the back seat and some dude just lost it after arriving back in the station.
They soaped and hosed it down, then cleaned it again with some type of disinfectant, then hosed it down again, then let it run about 5 cycles for a "dry run". Luckily they were running two trains and we got the non-barfed one. Crazy.
It also depends on the laws where the park is located. Some of them are in jurisdictions where vomit is classified as a biohazard, and can only be cleaned up by by a crew with the proper certification. So it's a combination of park policies and legal requirements.
I was at a vomit-fest at 6flags WOA a couple years: this girl climbs ont to BatmanKF, pulls the bar down, goes AAAAAAGGGG!, looks at her hands and theres chunks all over them. She, freaking out, uncermoniously, heaves projectile-like and sprays the seats in front of hers. some landed on this one guys head, and he loses it. all told, about 4 people lost it... I felt for the workers, as they only had one bucket and 4 big splashes... people in line were laughing and gagging. one guy yelled, 'better get a hose...' thankfully, they shut down the ride for about 30 mins and no was complaining... when they'd cleaned the carnage: They got a Standing-O from everyone in line...
I used to work at a coaster...we'd put Zep powder (the sawdust) on it and sweep it up, then hose it down and send the train out with the chuck row and all of the rows behind it empty. When it came back, we'd spray it with disinfectant and send it around again. Usually, it was fine after about three cycles and we managed to keep the queue moving during cleanup.
At DW we use a bleach/water mix to clean it up. The Tilt is the most famous for it(wonder why?). I have had my fair share of that wonderful chore. ugh. If it isn't on the ride we use kitty litter or the sawdust to absorbe it then we still go over it with bleach water.