Headed to the point on May 21, 2005 and it was a zoo. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY PEOPLE. It is not even June, and lines for millennium force were reaching the brim of the overflow queues. The only high part of the day was the amazing reliability that TTD had, never saw it broke down. There were obviously many people there from down south; I guess the new nation wide campaigns are working
Today was very bad for lines at the Point, but they handled them very well. I saw no stacking and TTD was running AWESOME today. It still surprises me that they have a billboard up that says "World's Fastest Coaster" and that they have the announcement come on that claims TTD as the world's Tallest and Fastest. CP knows, why are they still playing it? It doesn't really matter to me, I enjoyed the ride anyway! I managed 5 rides total today as lines were really bad. Was there a huge musical outing at the park today? *** Edited 5/22/2005 3:21:44 AM UTC by coasterzak***
No stacking?...no stacking?...not a chance, or at least what I saw today. Though it wasn't that bad on most rides. Magnum and Raptor were really doinf an awesome job today, but just due to the nature of those rides (as in the ride-ops doing all that they could, but the blocks would vause stacking). Corkscrew and MF were stacking all three trains right and left, and the ops didn't seem to be trying at all (minus one ride op at MF who was running all over the place to make sure every seat was filled on MF. Also on some rides the loading time was very slow due to ops checking everyone's restraints twice. As for the rest of the park, I seemed to notice more trash in the lines and on midways. But the biggest problem of all was the god awefull people working food services. The lines moved insanly slow, and many people working couldn't seem to have the ablity to give customers food in order, nor give out change (note the amount of change that was needed to give back was displayed for them).
I think that a lot of the crowds for today was due to music in the parks (that was the reason why I was at the park). This event brought in TONS of school age musicians. The nice weather and the fact that it was a Saturday I'm sure also played a part in bringing in more people.
Note that I personally saw no stacking but also only rode 5 rides. I was in the park for about 4 hours as some friends had to process their passes and I jumped on a few rides. I agree that Corkscrew and MF always stack because of their nature. Why are restraints checked twice now on some rides at CP?
Saturdays through the month of May and the first Saturday of June are really rough @ CP. There are a huge number of school groups that over-run the park. Live and learn....opening day and Sundays in May are really nice and empty!
coasterzak said: Why are restraints checked twice now on some rides at CP?
I have to admit that I think what they're doing on maXair (2 ops, both checking around the ENTIRE ring) is ridiculous and completely unnecessary. I notice they still say "ready" and "ready ready" and they usually do get the whole thing done around the time of "ready ready", but you can't tell me that there is some reason they need to have an interval that long. Is there a cooling period or something silly like that or are they saying this based on a timer or just when they feel like it?
What other rides are they doing this crap on? What's next? Double checking every seat on Magnum or Raptor? Why is management going nuts with changes when the park has had such a spotless safety record for ages? I could go off for a while about the stupid changes CP has made this year that will do nothing but slow things down and make things harder. Like those genius wedges BEHIND the pillars in the Magnum station. That just smells like a decision made by someone that has no clue about the operation of that ride - or any coaster in general. Lines of sight in that station are bad enough without having people stand behind a pillar.
Do you know for sure they will have one op checking every 10 seats? Because I don't. CP has been getting more and more cheap in recent years and having only two people checking seats on that ride might be just the latest example. I hope I'm wrong.
Staffing levels might still be rising though because I guess a lot of the people they hired this year were straight out of high school. Most college people would have been there by now though.
And you'd think they'd be better staffed on a Saturday anyway. At least that's how it always was in the past. *** Edited 5/22/2005 4:17:30 PM UTC by MDOmnis***
jar, when trains are stacking it means that the ops aren't getting the trains out of the station quick enough and a train is sitting in the blocks. If their is no stacking it means that all the trains flow at an even pace and none of the trains are stopped.
Some rides are designed so that in a three train operation, a train will "stack" momentarily. It's when you have all three stacked that you're really messing up! :)
If you want to watch a ride hit interval about 98% of the time, just watch Magnum. Year after year, that crew hits interval more consistently than any other. Previous train crests the second hill, next train goes. When 1.5 cars are out of the station, the next train should be brought in from the readies. All summer long. Magnum is an amazing ride to watch operate. You can almost always see a train on the course and usually there's on on the lift too. You can sit there with a stop watch and watch a train hit the same spot (say the top of the lift) every 1:24 consistently. Magnum and Raptor are the kings of capacity at CP. Unfortunately some of the more recent additions haven't been so great in this regard so the lines can be long.