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I'm sure I've mentioned it somewhere here, but one time while riding Eagle's Flight along the north/south route, we happened to ride with a park official who was on his way back to the office and caught an Eagle's Flight car to get back down. While some 100 feet up, somewhere above what is now the Golden Bear Theater (then "Showcase Theatre"), we asked about what the park had planned for the future. Of course he couldn't be specific, but did say that "plans were to expand the park to the point to where the Sky Tower would eventually be in the center."

 

We know, of course, that SFMM never expanded that much, though it is quite a bit larger now than it was then.

 

And I too have noticed that here in California, skyrides are scarce. To my knowledge, only SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and CGA have them now. My guess is that they're expensive to maintain and repair, as well as insure.

 

When I worked at MM, we often used the transportation rides to get around the park once it was open...we weren't allowed to operate any motorized vehicles in customer areas once customers had come in the front gate; for myself(when I was in the entertainment division), my first two jobs after the park opened were setting up the Dixieland band near the front gate, then once I made sure all their sound equipment was working, going over the hill to Old Time Country stage (just past the Jet Stream) and checking with the three sites (wine tasting, pottery, and bandstand) that used our equipment...and since I couldn't use the shop truck, it was faster to take the Funicular up the hill, then the Banzai Buckets down the short side to El Dorado station...around the bumper boats and I was there...otherwise, in those days I would have had to walk all the way around the park...I can remember when the plan was for the Sky Tower was supposed to be the center of the park, but in those days, Hurricane Harbor didn't exist, even in planning form...there were 5 or 6 of us who used to get to stay in the tower during the nightly fireworks show so we could spot for fires with binoculars...that was pretty trippy, especially if you'd "partaken" earlier...which was another good use for the longer branch of Eagle's Flight...you could pretty much inhale an entire joint while in mid-air. (And no, I never partook when I was responsible for customers safety-but after work-whew!-it was the 70's in SoCal!).

 

Also, there was still a sky ride at Santa Cruz Boardwalk the last time I was there (about 3 1/2 years ago)...it may be gone now though...used to love the Fred Flinstone dummies they'd circulate for balancing purposes.

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Just a note about skyrides, I think Eagle's Flight was made by Intamin, as were many of the original attractions (the old Galaxy double Ferris wheel, Orient Express, and I think possibly even Sky Tower, but I'm not sure). So in a sense, getting the Intamin ZacSpin is like the park returning to its roots.

 

Eric

 

Not sure on the maker, but the Galaxy was perhaps the worst ride ever put into MM...it was so large that it would snap off gears on a regular basis, and it would sometimes take upwards of 2 hours to get people off of it...and it was broken more often than it ran over the three years I worked there...

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Actually, since last year we had custom audio, this year Robb should shoot his own custom preshow. Elissa could run around in a black tank top with guns, cause that's what happens in the apocalypse, women put on black tank tops and grab guns.

 

TANK TOPS!!?!! During the few days I worked as a ride op on Colossus, we used to watch for cute girls wearing them...this was pre-rebuild, and as many times as we could get away with it, we'd be gathering around the monitor station as those lovely ladies went over the negative g hilltops, which had pretty good cameras for the time! One of the perks of working Colossus, along with doing the nightly track walk under the tracks after it had closed-at least a dozen bic lighters, $10 to $15 each in change, and sometimes even better stuff...but anything that was valued at more than $5 you had to report and MM held it for 30 days...still got a couple of nice necklaces to give to girlfriends from that...

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One thing I remember about the Galaxy---it was an original park attraction, but I don't think I ever got to ride it until about 1973 or 1974 because every time I went, it was down for some reason. (Now I know it probably snapped a gear! )

 

Another ride I miss is the Chevron Grand Prix. To me, that's almost a theme park requirement. But these days with the cost of fuel and maintenance, I can see why some parks are replacing them with electric vehicles or taking them out altogether. It still amazes me that Disneyland's Autopia (the same type of ride) is still going strong.

 

How many of you know what the Tumble Drum was or remember Teen Tank and what it was?

 

Eric

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TANK TOPS!!?!! During the few days I worked as a ride op on Colossus, we used to watch for cute girls wearing them...this was pre-rebuild, and as many times as we could get away with it, we'd be gathering around the monitor station as those lovely ladies went over the negative g hilltops, which had pretty good cameras for the time! One of the perks of working Colossus, along with doing the nightly track walk under the tracks after it had closed-at least a dozen bic lighters, $10 to $15 each in change, and sometimes even better stuff...but anything that was valued at more than $5 you had to report and MM held it for 30 days...still got a couple of nice necklaces to give to girlfriends from that...

 

This definitely gets my vote for best post ever! I also think this guy might be the coolest TPR'er ever I think we need to hear a few more stories about his days at the park

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So who else got the invite for Wednesday?

 

Me, or at least I'm assuming so. I got an email that just gave me the time and directions - I just got it yesterday so I'm quite surprised I was invited since they only had 100 openings/

 

What do you think - will it be pretty awesome? Is it worth the 2 hour drive?

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there were 5 or 6 of us who used to get to stay in the tower during the nightly fireworks show so we could spot for fires with binoculars...that was pretty trippy, especially if you'd "partaken" earlier...which was another good use for the longer branch of Eagle's Flight...you could pretty much inhale an entire joint while in mid-air. (And no, I never partook when I was responsible for customers safety-but after work-whew!-it was the 70's in SoCal!).

 

So I'm guessing you were spotting for fires caused by the fireworks, right? Just out of curiosity, were there any fires within the park that resulted from the fireworks?

 

Seriously - sounds like an awesome job!

 

I wonder if it's the same today.

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I got an e-mail today from a friend who is attending S:EFK media day this Wednesday. He encouraged me to contact our rep to see if I could get in, and to my surprise there was a slot open!

 

There may be others from this site up there; hopefully we'll hook up.

 

Eric

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^Ok, Mr. 19 posts, anyways I've heard people saying that there were issues with S:EFK, did anyone get a ride today? How bout TPRizzles.

 

I was at the Mountain again today all day, and I'm sad to report Superman did NOT run at all. They only tried the left side. They were able to launch successfully empty cars, (I heard it launch at least 8 times but not consistently) so that'll do us a lot of good. I heard from the rid-ops that when you add people, it wouldn't launch. That makes no sense to be because the human weight total is minor compared to the weight of the trains. Maybe there were too many fatties trying to ride today. The mechanics were working near one of the huts at 6:30 tonight.

 

They've got their work cut out for themselves to get this running before the G.P. hit's it Saturday. Maybe they're praying for the forcasted rain.

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^ Are you going to be there Wednesday, Caesar? If so, I'll see you there.

 

From what I got in the e-mail, we're supposed to be there at 9:30, but the event doesn't kick off till 11. That's only about 60 hours from now...they have their work cut out for them to get it going. I wish 'em the best.

 

Eric

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Another ride I miss is the Chevron Grand Prix. To me, that's almost a theme park requirement. But these days with the cost of fuel and maintenance, I can see why some parks are replacing them with electric vehicles or taking them out altogether. It still amazes me that Disneyland's Autopia (the same type of ride) is still going strong.

 

How many of you know what the Tumble Drum was or remember Teen Tank and what it was?

 

Eric

 

Funny thing was, they took the Chevron Grand Prix out long before gas prices went very high...more to do with losing corporate backing from Chevron, I think...and I seem to remember that some little kid got hurt when the little car her daddy was driving her in (slowly) got rear-ended by the car behind it. Hard to fathom, since those things only went 12 mph on the track.

 

They were capable of a lot more, though. One spring day when the park was closed to guests, and pretty much all the high ranking management was in downtown LA being told the park was being bought by Six Flags, a buddy who was a mechanic on CGP filled the gas tanks on a couple of cars, fired them up, disconnected the governor on the engine, and let us race them a couple of laps around the park...they could barely get up the back hill by Gold Rush, and since the park was closed, the gates on the front side were open, so we were doing probably 50 or 60 at the bottom of the hill...it was pretty fun.

 

And the Tumble Drum...wasn't that the little kiddie ride that was just a rotating tube? We used to walk in there and brace ourselves and do a couple of 360 degree spins-it would really freak out the rookie ride ops (that was one of the first rides all ride ops trained on, along with the bounce house and those other little things that were back there by the Enterprise spin 'n' Puke.

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there were 5 or 6 of us who used to get to stay in the tower during the nightly fireworks show so we could spot for fires with binoculars...that was pretty trippy, especially if you'd "partaken" earlier...which was another good use for the longer branch of Eagle's Flight...you could pretty much inhale an entire joint while in mid-air. (And no, I never partook when I was responsible for customers safety-but after work-whew!-it was the 70's in SoCal!).

 

So I'm guessing you were spotting for fires caused by the fireworks, right? Just out of curiosity, were there any fires within the park that resulted from the fireworks?

 

Seriously - sounds like an awesome job!

 

I wonder if it's the same today.

 

Every two or three weeks, a chunk of burning firework would fall far enough to hit, but the ground was either well watered (the Japanese Tea Gardens) or kept pretty clear. I remember that one spring, to clear all the weeds, MM took the hillside past the Revolution and buried (according to them) 50 gold nuggets and a diamond about 6 to 8 inches deep in little plastic tubes, then "encouraged" guests to roam the hillside trying to find them...got rid of about 90 % of the weeds in the process

 

I'd say that most of us that did the spotting were already off the clock for the day-we did it for the thrill more than anything-and most of us were young-the older security guys and supervisors tended to get a little nervous that close to explosions-a good percentage of them had been to Vietnam.

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