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#1 GAcoaster

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 11:44 AM

This is your thread to introduce yourself and possibly re-connect with old friends!

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 06:58 PM

Greetings! My name is Harry and I worked as a ride operator on Parachuter's Perch (aka Parachute Jump Tower) during the 1985 and 1986 seasons. Because the ride always managed to shut down even in the slightest winds, I spent quite a bit of time in the neighboring rides of the "130" section. These included the Sarajevo Bobsled, Joust-a-Bout, Carousel, Monster Spin, and the always exciting Bugs Bunny Land. In 1985 I worked the nightshift up until July and then switched to days for the remainder of my time during '85 and all of '86 until my return to college. Needless to say, it was a great job with a ton of wonderful memories!



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Posted 07 November 2007 - 12:51 PM

QUOTE(29yrswithaGApass @ Oct 31 2007, 06:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Greetings! My name is Harry and I worked as a ride operator on Parachuter's Perch (aka Parachute Jump Tower) during the 1985 and 1986 seasons. Because the ride always managed to shut down even in the slightest winds, I spent quite a bit of time in the neighboring rides of the "130" section. These included the Sarajevo Bobsled, Joust-a-Bout, Carousel, Monster Spin, and the always exciting Bugs Bunny Land. In 1985 I worked the nightshift up until July and then switched to days for the remainder of my time during '85 and all of '86 until my return to college. Needless to say, it was a great job with a ton of wonderful memories!


130? Wow... that's really retro. I think in the Buccaneer op booth there is a phone listing with all the old sections.

Hello all! I'm Walter, and I worked as a ride operator during 2005, then as a lead from 2006 until mid 2007 when I left. During 2005, I started at Batman: The Ride only as a temporary position because Balin's Jungleland and Kingda Ka weren't ready yet. I consider it a privilage that I got to be part of the opening crew for the worlds tallest and fastest roller coaster. smile.gif During my time in Balin's I would find any excuse to clean just to take a look at the tigers who were only a few feet away. I also found my passion of working in Kid's Areas much to the shock of my co-workers who found it detestable.

Come 2006, I was promoted to Assistant Lead of Skyride however, like Harry and the Parachute Tower, it was closed a lot so I quickly became trained for the entire east side of the park, the only rides I did not have were Riptide, Chiller, Congo Rapids, LTS and Water Effect. It was very interesting because I never knew where I was going to be during the day. There were some shifts where it would seem like I was on every ride I had.

In 2007 I was Assistant Lead of Skull Mountain (always a fun ride) and not too long after, I was promoted to full Lead of Batman: The Ride, finally getting back to my roots. During my stay at Batman, I finally became trained in LTS, Wiggles World and the rest of section 260. After my (far too short) stay in my Batcave, I was moved to Congo Rapids and a month later, I resigned.

I enjoyed working at Six Flags, as it gave me a whole new perspective on the park. I have many memories from my time, the most of prevailent was meeting my girlfriend Jackie back in 2005, and we have been together ever since.

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 01:22 PM

Hey Walter- Glad to see you joined us! Tell all your friends smile.gif

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 08:05 PM

QUOTE(Stargazer Alchemist @ Nov 7 2007, 12:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
130? Wow... that's really retro. I think in the Buccaneer op booth there is a phone listing with all the old sections.

Hello all! I'm Walter, and I worked as a ride operator during 2005, then as a lead from 2006 until mid 2007 when I left. During 2005, I started at Batman: The Ride only as a temporary position because Balin's Jungleland and Kingda Ka weren't ready yet. I consider it a privilage that I got to be part of the opening crew for the worlds tallest and fastest roller coaster. smile.gif During my time in Balin's I would find any excuse to clean just to take a look at the tigers who were only a few feet away. I also found my passion of working in Kid's Areas much to the shock of my co-workers who found it detestable.

Come 2006, I was promoted to Assistant Lead of Skyride however, like Harry and the Parachute Tower, it was closed a lot so I quickly became trained for the entire east side of the park, the only rides I did not have were Riptide, Chiller, Congo Rapids, LTS and Water Effect. It was very interesting because I never knew where I was going to be during the day. There were some shifts where it would seem like I was on every ride I had.

In 2007 I was Assistant Lead of Skull Mountain (always a fun ride) and not too long after, I was promoted to full Lead of Batman: The Ride, finally getting back to my roots. During my stay at Batman, I finally became trained in LTS, Wiggles World and the rest of section 260. After my (far too short) stay in my Batcave, I was moved to Congo Rapids and a month later, I resigned.

I enjoyed working at Six Flags, as it gave me a whole new perspective on the park. I have many memories from my time, the most of prevailent was meeting my girlfriend Jackie back in 2005, and we have been together ever since.



Do you know Matt, I dont know what position he was on the ride, but he had an orange vest. Also, do you know the guy who is a little heavy-set, and has black hair? Those two are my favorites!

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 01:48 AM

QUOTE(Thrill-Pics @ Nov 10 2007, 08:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you know Matt, I dont know what position he was on the ride, but he had an orange vest. Also, do you know the guy who is a little heavy-set, and has black hair? Those two are my favorites!


Lol! Very descriptive! 001_unsure.gif

Can you tell me where they worked?


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Posted 13 November 2007 - 06:17 AM

Toro Matt and DarkrideDan?


This Matt? (Don't say anything Walter)


And this dude? (Dan)

-Dainan "100th post" Rafferty

Edited by CycloneMan, 13 November 2007 - 01:01 PM.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 03:57 PM

Rides 2005-2007


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Edited by x Million Miles Away x, 14 November 2007 - 03:59 PM.

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 02:03 PM

QUOTE(CycloneMan @ Nov 13 2007, 06:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Toro Matt and DarkrideDan?


This Matt? (Don't say anything Walter)


And this dude? (Dan)

-Dainan "100th post" Rafferty



Two awesome guys.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 12:00 AM

Hello, worked in 120 from 1993 to 1995. Mainly on Rolling Thunder, but moved around to fill in for breaks. Also filled in for the Front Gate, good old BBL, and The Adventure Rivers section.
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 08:37 AM

Hi Brian! Glad to have you on the boards.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 01:59 AM

Thank you Dan, Dan and Dainan.

I loved working Rolling Thunder in 2000, 2001, 2003 and this year. Prepare to weather the storm!

I worked GASM in 2002... You're going to fly 173' in the air and flip through the second highest loop in the world. You're going to turn through the boomerang and twist through the corkscrews. Everybody Scream!

I also got to work Viper, Medusa, Sombrero, Rodeo Stampede, the rides of Bugs Bunny Land (except the Duckaneer) Dino Island, Parachutes and Taz Twister.
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 09:18 AM

While I worked in Operations, they would pull us from Shows to work Rides on days when the park was understaffed. During those times I worked:
Sarajevo Bobsled
Skyride (Dream Street end)
Calypso
Ultra Twister
Swiss Bob
Freefall
Enterprise
Music Express

I'm sure there were more that I worked on, but those are the ones I remember off hand. I NEVER had to work BBL (I dodged the bullet by volunteering to work Enterprise or Sarajevo Bobsled).

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 06:39 PM

(A digression inspired by many defunct rides mentioned in this post.)

Schwarzkopf flat rides were among some of the best flat ride designs in the business (especially the Calypso, Enterprise, and Bayern Curve). Some 20 years later, many models are still operating.

Intamin AG represented Schwarzkopf in the U.S. When Anton's company folded for the final time; I believe Intamin kept all of the plans. Schwarzkopf’s patents have long since expired. It would be nice to see a park chain like SF reincorporate these rides into their park rosters. Intamin should consider offering these models for sale again.

Edited by Thunderbolt, 02 January 2008 - 07:49 PM.


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Posted 03 January 2008 - 09:37 AM

I agree whole-heartedly! Schwarzkopf rides were the BEST!

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 11:07 PM

This was probably THE worst ride to operate in Bugs Bunny Land. Before the kids were even seated they always managed to find the buzzers. A full load of kids could easily drive you nuts with all those horns!



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Posted 22 February 2008 - 05:08 PM

HAHAHA, that was the worst

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 06:36 PM

QUOTE(29yrswithaGApass @ Jan 22 2008, 11:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This was probably THE worst ride to operate in Bugs Bunny Land. Before the kids were even seated they always managed to find the buzzers. A full load of kids could easily drive you nuts with all those horns!



That was one of my favorite rides when I was little. God that was a long time ago.

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 07:25 PM

QUOTE(The Master @ Feb 22 2008, 06:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That was one of my favorite rides when I was little. God that was a long time ago.


Did you ride it as a child in 1985 or 1986? If so, you were one of those %$*&@ horn-punchers! tongue.gif


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Posted 22 February 2008 - 11:03 PM

My first year at the park was 1987, I was 4 then.

Edited by The Master, 22 February 2008 - 11:03 PM.

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