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Interesting how the attitude of the employees is what people mostly complain about. For the most part, employees are usually in a good mood from what I experience as a guest. As an employee working in rides, the only thing that makes employees' attitudes worse is guests that simply don't listen. When guests move quickly at rides and actually pay attention, the ride hosts are in a much better mood. It's just a burden of the job, I suppose. Employees are people too. Some have short tempers and others tolerate, but it's not fair to judge operations of a park based on employee attitudes. Judge by how well they actually do their jobs. Operations at Cedar Point are easily 10 times faster than any other park I have visited, and I would never complain about a line that should be 2 hours that only lasts 45 minutes...

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Regarding my comment on the ride ops at C.P., it isn't the attitude of a few. I'm originally from Ohio, and that was my home park. I grew up with that park, so I know how good this place could be. The past 4 or 5 years it's changed dramatically for the worse! I used to say: I don't know what they fed these kids that worked there, but if we could feed it to the world it would be a better place. As I said before I was hoping for improvement with Matt O.

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Regarding my comment on the ride ops at C.P., it isn't the attitude of a few. I'm originally from Ohio, and that was my home park. I grew up with that park, so I know how good this place could be. The past 4 or 5 years it's changed dramatically for the worse! I used to say: I don't know what they fed these kids that worked there, but if we could feed it to the world it would be a better place. As I said before I was hoping for improvement with Matt O.

Is there anything you DON'T complain about?

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What exactly is the beef?

 

I'll admit if they are slacking/messing around with loading then yeah I (and probably everyone) hates that but if you mean a general attitude...who really cares?

It kinda sucks if they have a bad tude but these are kids, probably with crap pay, and honestly working at a park seems like a crappy job.

 

Edit: Yeah IDK, no park staff has really made me think "gosh they are good". Cedar Point is probably better than the hell hole that is my home park: Six Flags Great Adventure. Talk about a place that went downhill from my childhood! Not that it'll stop me

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In my opinion, the greatest guest service ops can offer is making the lines for the coasters go faster. Correct me if I'm wrong, seriously.

 

Even if the employees are not in a good mood, the guests notice that the operators move fast and guests are actually in a better mood when they get to the station. Sure, a good employee can do this with a good attitude; but like was mentioned before, the employees are kids. They deal with drama, long hours, stupid people of the GP, and really hot conditions up to 115 degrees (and at some rides, constant breakdowns). Most of the ride ops are from 18 to 22 years old, and this is a job to pay for college expenses. There are very few to no people who work here because they simply want to be a ride op.

 

As a side note, the park is making it harder for employees to live here. Budget cuts, old housing dorms (some without air conditioning)...I imagine working here in past years must have been more fun. The planned changes from Matt O. are not taking effect right away. It's a process.

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The dispatch person can also do great customer service especially if they are allowed to talk over the speakers and not just standard spiels. I will always remember an awesome guy at Mean Streak years later that actually made the ride experience enjoyable. Then of course there is always the outstanding ops on Boulder Dash that are usually, fun, funny, and quite energetic!

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It's official, from the park's Facebook page:

 

Something big is happening. Disaster Transport & Space Spiral will be dismantled this season to make space for @!!$!(*%%. We're sad to see them go, but are excited as we fly into the future. Stay tuned for more!
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It's official, from the park's Facebook page:

 

Something big is happening. Disaster Transport & Space Spiral will be dismantled this season to make space for @!!$!(*%%. We're sad to see them go, but are excited as we fly into the future. Stay tuned for more!

As we fly into the future? Sounds like a B&M Wing Rider or Flying Coaster. I think it'll probably be a Wing Rider, since everyone seems to be getting one. The name has 9 characters.

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Well, this is not much more concrete but certainly sounds like this alleged wing rider is happening!

I will miss DT...it was a fun lil ride with no line and AC!

Still, if this happens like it seems I can't wait to already start booking 2013!

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And looks like it will go out with a very good cause:

 

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https://www.firstgiving.com/gktw/finaldispatch

 

Disaster Transport Final Dispatch: A Mission for the Kids

Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Cedar Point

Sandusky, Ohio

 

 

Disaster Transport Final Dispatch: A Mission for the Kids

 

Cedar Point and Give Kids The World are

partnering for another exciting event!

 

At Disaster Transport Final Dispatch: A Mission for the Kids, guests can become a part of history while helping children with life-threatening illnesses and their families make memories that last a lifetime.

 

Participation includes complimentary all-day park admission for non-season passholders, an hour of exclusive ride time on Disaster Transport, VIP access to a private reception, a commemorative event t-shirt, a special souvenir and eligibility for the the last ride with the lights on. The top three fundraisers will also receive prizes!

 

Here's what we have planned for Sunday, July 29:

 

9 p.m. Welcome Reception-- Enjoy light refreshments, music and a special presentation at the patio outside Disaster Transport.

 

10:30 - 11:30 p.m. Exclusive Ride Time-- Disaster Transport is officially closed to the public and open to all participants for ERT.

 

11:40 p.m. Final Lap-- Last ride with the lights on! The 50 participants who have raised the most money are guaranteed a spot. The first place fundraiser will have the privilege of choosing their seat first, followed by the second place fundraiser and so on until all seats are taken.

 

In addition to the $20 registration fee, a minimum of $50 must be raised in order to participate. Top fundraisers will be determined Friday, July 27 at Noon EST.

 

Online registration will close Friday, July 27 at Noon EST. Onsite. day-of registration will be available for $75 and includes all-day park admission for non-season passholders, an hour of exclusive ride time on Disaster Transport, VIP access to a private reception, a commemorative event t-shirt and a special souvenir. Onsite registrants are not eligible for the Final Lap.

 

Thank you for your support!

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Cool that it's going to a good cause but I'm really disappointed this rumor turned out to be true. As mediocre as DT was, I'd prefer it to a forceless wing coaster, and Space Spiral--well, I don't really care but I don't see why they couldn't either relocate it or just build around it. Sad day...

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The only thing I can think of for Space Spiral is that it must have been approaching the end of its life or something. There's no other reason to get rid of such a small footprint, no height requirement, gentle observation tower ride in a park that is losing more and more low thrill attractions like it.

 

I'll miss these both!

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With only one family coaster (Iron Dragon) left and two kiddie coasters (Woodstock Express and Jr. Gemini) and Wing Rider on way for 2013 Cedar Point has become less "family friendly" and more "thrill seeker friendly".

 

So after Space Spiral and Disaster Transport are gone, what will be next ride for Cedar Point to get rid of in the coming years, the Skyway, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Monster, Snake River Falls, or god forbid Bluestreak?

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With only one family coaster (Iron Dragon) left and two kiddie coasters (Woodstock Express and Jr. Gemini) and Wing Rider on way for 2013 Cedar Point has become less "family friendly" and more "thrill seeker friendly".

 

So after Space Spiral and Disaster Transport are gone, what will be next ride for Cedar Point to get rid of in the coming years, the Skyway, Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Monster, Snake River Falls, or god forbid Bluestreak?

Maybe they'll add some family rides after next year to keep it balanced.

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The only thing I can think of for Space Spiral is that it must have been approaching the end of its life or something. There's no other reason to get rid of such a small footprint, no height requirement, gentle observation tower ride in a park that is losing more and more low thrill attractions like it.

 

I'll miss these both!

 

Yes, that would make sense for Space Spiral. Really does stink to lose so many iconic CP attractions in such quick succession. First Demon Drop a few years ago, then Paddlewheel, finally WildCat and Space Spiral. My parents are running out of things they like at the park!

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited for what CP gets, but if it is a Wing Coaster I hope it's a different breed than the ones out already. I thought X-Flight at SFGAm was fun, but it was really short, seemed slow, and was quite forceless. I've always thought DT was cooler than most people thought it was (A bobsled in the DARK!), and found it always to be worth a ride. And, heck, I never even rode it when the theming was all intact!

 

I too, will miss both of these rides. Although if I was running Cedar Fair I'd relocate DT to Michigan's Adventure...just a thought.

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