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I feel bad because this is all I post about lately but no... if a park has the ability to open and there's demand and they choose to stay closed then they're dumb. Period. Be creative and figure it ou

Did they happen to mention how heavy that train is?

So basically there were about as many rides open as there would be in peak season with 15 mph winds.

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Hey guys! The interview went well. I am going to be at the Sky Ride!!

 

This is going to be fun. I look forward to cross training as well.

 

Congratulations! Sky Ride is my guilty pleasure.

 

Congrats!

 

I used to work on skyride years ago...it was fun but I recommend you get your upper body in shape.

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Hey guys! The interview went well. I am going to be at the Sky Ride!!

 

This is going to be fun. I look forward to cross training as well.

 

Congratulations! Sky Ride is my guilty pleasure.

 

Congrats!

 

I used to work on skyride years ago...it was fun but I recommend you get your upper body in shape.

 

That is what i figured. Gaining weight/muscle is not a friend of my families genetics (I'm 125 pounds regardless of eating habits or working out). I doubt it will be too much for me to handle, however. If it is, or it turns out i'm not as efficient for guest satisfaction, than I trust that the park will put me in a place that works better for me, the park, and especially the guests.

 

BTW, is "fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo" a filter, or was it just a joke? lol

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The whole STR story seems a little shady to me. I must admit I'm a little skeptical. Tony Clark always likes to stir the pot so I'm not taking that for anything yet.

 

Challenge park certainly is outdated. One half of the Challenge Golf isn't open. The other course had half of greens "recarpeted" (hopefully you get the message). Personally I don't think the refurbished greens and holes are nearly as fun. Usually Challenge gold has a decent crowd. I make it a point to play it every time given the great deals for platinum pass holders.

 

Challenge park also is open after the park closes, which is nice for guests who want to make the most out of the stay. I'm not sure how that looks in the park's perspective though.

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Gotcha, I still have to catch on to the filters here.

 

BTW, does anyone know how the Skyride works in operation? I have always wondered how and it interests me.

 

That's not something that can really be explained in words. It's a pretty broad question. I will say this though, it's definitely the "token" ride to work. Tons and tons of fun. It definitely worked my upper body strength but also my legs and glutes significantly. Fantastic ride!

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Cedar Point always announces closings early so people can get last rides and all that. Wildcat wasn't, but they weren't planning on removing it. When it came time to have the ride re certified it didn't pass, they couldn't open it and they decided it would be better to scrap it then keep it.

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<----thank goodness this ride is located in the high almighty place known as Cedar Point, so all is forgiven for wasting $10.5m on this piece of crap! If it was located in a SF....oh my- out come the haters!

 

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Sooo... I have not said anything about this whole "STR IS GOING BYE BYE. . ." thing yet. But it's time I break my silence.

 

While I was not the biggest fan of STR. . . I also didn't hate it. We rode it once during our last visit. It wasn't super awesome but it was fun!! However, it was only fun that once. I feel like if we would have rode it again it would have just been boring.

 

Hopefully whatever Cedar Point puts in STR's place will be amazing!! I vote for a 790ft polar coaster. (Obviously it's 790ft so shortly there after Six Flags can build a 800ft polar coaster that is a few feet taller and steal anither world record from Cedar Fair.)

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<----thank goodness this ride is located in the high almighty place known as Cedar Point, so all is forgiven for wasting $10.5m on this piece of crap! If it was located in a SF....oh my- out come the haters!

 

 

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Gotcha, I still have to catch on to the filters here.

 

BTW, does anyone know how the Skyride works in operation? I have always wondered how and it interests me.

 

That's not something that can really be explained in words. It's a pretty broad question. I will say this though, it's definitely the "token" ride to work. Tons and tons of fun. It definitely worked my upper body strength but also my legs and glutes significantly. Fantastic ride!

I actually found a video about it on Youtube

 

Interestingly, a motor runs the cable all around the course and their are guide wheels to support the cable at each support structure. No matter how much weight/vehicles there is on the course, there are counter weights that give the cable the right amount of tension + slack.

 

I just freestyled that based off memory I got from watching the video once, so take it with a grain of salt. However, its interesting to say the least.

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Sooo... I have not said anything about this whole "STR IS GOING BYE BYE. . ." thing yet. But it's time I break my silence.

 

While I was not the biggest fan of STR. . . I also didn't hate it. We rode it once during our last visit. It wasn't super awesome but it was fun!! However, it was only fun that once. I feel like if we would have rode it again it would have just been boring.

 

Hopefully whatever Cedar Point puts in STR's place will be amazing!! I vote for a 790ft polar coaster. (Obviously it's 790ft so shortly there after Six Flags can build a 800ft polar coaster that is a few feet taller and steal anither world record from Cedar Fair.)

 

I don't honestly think a Polar Coaster will ever go into CP but is that enough land for one?

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Gotcha, I still have to catch on to the filters here.

 

BTW, does anyone know how the Skyride works in operation? I have always wondered how and it interests me.

 

That's not something that can really be explained in words. It's a pretty broad question. I will say this though, it's definitely the "token" ride to work. Tons and tons of fun. It definitely worked my upper body strength but also my legs and glutes significantly. Fantastic ride!

I actually found a video about it on Youtube

 

Interestingly, a motor runs the cable all around the course and their are guide wheels to support the cable at each support structure. No matter how much weight/vehicles there is on the course, there are counter weights that give the cable the right amount of tension + slack.

 

I just freestyled that based off memory I got from watching the video once, so take it with a grain of salt. However, its interesting to say the least.

 

I do run a Poma Lietner pulse gondola, so I can give you some basics on a how a lift works. Not sure how much would apply to a sky ride though. (Not to mention CP probably has their own procedures, but at least you could go in knowing some.) Let me know via PM.

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Sooo... I have not said anything about this whole "STR IS GOING BYE BYE. . ." thing yet. But it's time I break my silence.

 

While I was not the biggest fan of STR. . . I also didn't hate it. We rode it once during our last visit. It wasn't super awesome but it was fun!! However, it was only fun that once. I feel like if we would have rode it again it would have just been boring.

 

Hopefully whatever Cedar Point puts in STR's place will be amazing!! I vote for a 790ft polar coaster. (Obviously it's 790ft so shortly there after Six Flags can build a 800ft polar coaster that is a few feet taller and steal anither world record from Cedar Fair.)

STR didn't operate correctly from day 1. It was supposed to complete the course nearly twice as fast as it ended up being. The boats were weighted poorly. And the slow meander had basically nothing going for it.

 

While Cedar Point doesn't have the elevation changes, the basic flume rides at Hershey and Dorney leave a lot to be expected from a park like CP. Heck, I'd take the flume from Waldameer over Shoot the Rapids. It's just so slow and boring.

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All this talk about what's going to be put in Shoot the Rapids' location and we're not even sure it's actually going to be removed.

 

I think Shoot the Rapids is closer to leaving than staying, but something in the back of my head thinks this is just a renovation

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Ahem... less about Shoot the Rapids, more about Sky Ride.

 

Gotcha, I still have to catch on to the filters here.

 

BTW, does anyone know how the Skyride works in operation? I have always wondered how and it interests me.

 

Sky Ride is a Von Roll type 101 and it's the oldest Von Roll type 101 currently operating in America. The others are at the Minnesota State Fair, Tulsa State Fairgrounds, SeaWorld San Diego, Six Flags Over Georgia, San Diego Zoo, Busch Gardens Tampa, California's Great America, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Six Flags Great Adventure (this is the only American double chairlift but despite this, Cedar Point beats it's ridership numbers handily each year thanks to their incredible efficiency). Basically any good Skyway with a detachable Gondola in the U.S. is a Von Roll Type 101. The ones that require you to load while they're moving are usually Hopkins rides (I believe) or actual lifts from Ski Resorts (Knoebels).

 

The best piece I've found online about Sky Ride operation and how they work is from Great Adventure history and it's worth a read. Cedar Point's ride operates exactly the same way.

 

I've never been a Sky Ride operator (unfortunately) but from what I gather because I'm a huge dork they usually run with either 20, 26 or 38 cabins. They have 40 but one is used as a Halloweekends prop and with 38 cabin operation one is always kept as a spare. They generally run with 38 in the height of summer when they have the most staff, they're not able to do that in the first few weekends of the season or after Labor Day.

 

At peak operation each side has 4 ops, one at catch who's responsible for stopping the cabins as they come in, one at unload who swings the door open and unloads riders, then pushes it to the person at load who loads riders and locks the door and then trip, the person who pushes the cabins to the point where they'll be automatically dispatched onto the cable. At Six Flags park an op generally has to pull a rope but Cedar Point has a mechanism that does this automatically (it holds the car to space them out if it's before the dispatch time and if it's after it it just lets it go right out onto the cable but they're really efficient so this is rare). Sky Ride ops are so efficient that usually when viewing the ride from the Gatekeeper midway you'll see every single car passing eachother at the same time which means they're always hitting their target dispatch with every single cabin. I believe at peak operation the cabins need to be sent out between 9 and 10 seconds.

 

Sky Ride is a timeless attraction. It does more riders each season than every non-coaster ride in the park besides the train and it generally does more riders than many of the coasters including Wicked Twister, Top Thrill Dragster, Iron Dragon and Maverick. It also seems to be the most physically demanding to work so you'll get a good workout.

 

Okay, so now that I've lost all of my cool points and exposed my Sky Ride nerdiness, congrats on your new job and have a great summer (you'll be seeing us a ton lol).

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Has Cedar Point ever removed a ride without saying anything in the past? It seems odd to me that they wouldn't say anything about it.

 

I don't think there was ever a formal announcement prior to the removal for the Turnpike cars or Sir Rub a Dub Tubs. Obviously, Wildcat, either. Not sure about Chaos. They also replaced two kiddie Kingdom rides with two from the junior Gemini area, and got rid of the kiddie bumper boats.

 

In the last decade or so....

 

There was one i think for Ocean Motion, but they decided to keep it, which I'm glad about. Demon Drop had an announcement (2008 or 2009) and so did Schwabinchen (2002).

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