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  1. At $30 it wouldn’t even be a consideration for me. it’s a cash grab At $20 it was already a very questionable decision. Imo it should be $10 off peak, and $20 during holidays, or $30 for both seats
    7 points
  2. Strap in for the Sunshine Coast’s first rollercoaster launch The Sunshine Coast’s first rollercoaster has taken off at Aussie World today with some lucky thrill-seeking park guests getting a chance to experience the ride before it officially opens next week. Click here to continue reading
    6 points
  3. Which is what I find questionable. If the seat doesn't always have a line, the price is too high.
    5 points
  4. 4 points
  5. Both the loaders on the platform AND the lead operator in the upstairs control room all need to hit the button at the same time to dispatch. For the train to be sent from unload the operator hits their button and then the main operator hits a button to bring it into load. Once the unload station is clear, the launch cycle immediately beings if a train is already parked on the launch section (Fins drop etc) the audio is triggered as the train approaches the launch. My knowledge is from 10 years ago so it is possible that due to age they are holding the trains longer between dispatches but back then that was the reason for it. I'd also say a fair bit could be due to staff motivation. I remember one day I had a crew of entirely Parkz members working on the load dock with me and holy crap we were flying through it (We had a competition going with Arkham for a fright nights event). We only had the 1 train on the track due to tech issues but we somehow managed 8 dispatches every 30 mins (Arkham just beat us with 9). I miss those days TBH. a good crew, and good supervisors who actually motivate their staff make all the difference.
    4 points
  6. No, the system only needs a minimum of 1 minute between dispatches (well it was when I worked there). It was because the ride experience would be crap when the launch audio would play and then the train may be sitting there for 20-30 seconds before launching as it can't launch until the unload station is fully clear and the next train is parked in Load.
    4 points
  7. Supply and demand… A lettuce is $427 right now
    3 points
  8. I remember one day, team was on the ball. The loader/unloader was on an absolute mission, to the point I emailed the park commending him on his efforts. Single train operation. Operations were so fast that from the front row I was able to see the catch car returning to the launch, and yes we did crawl around the corner on the tyre drive.
    3 points
  9. Hey... aren't you the guy that wants to install turnstiles to speed up loading operations? /s
    2 points
  10. I get it mate, but, what if... Parkz added Turnstiles? that way we wouldn't need moderators and the system can let a specific number of people post every day. If you disagree with me you're just wrong. Overseas does it the best way. I've been overseas to overseas parks to use turnstiles.
    2 points
  11. Yeah, that can work, but you have to balance that against human nature. If you incentivize your people based on dispatches, then dispatches become the focus of their employment. You'd hope it wouldn't happen, but the sad reality is you then run the risk that other things can fall by the wayside in pursuit of dispatches; namely safety. The nightmare scenario for management is that an incident occurs that comes down to human error (or shortcuts) and it comes out that management has been paying staff to speed up dispatches. Don't get me wrong; there's ways of being able to do this, but it requires a lot more oversight to make sure you aren't putting the guests or the business at risk.
    2 points
  12. As an ex operator of Superman. With 1 train running and 2 loaders + unloader it's normally 5-6 dispatches every 30 mins (11 a hour normally) with 2 trains running and having a sorter you would dispatch approx 12 trains every 30 mins. The record that I did was 32 trains in a hour with 2 trains running and that was with 2 loaders, a sorter, entry and unload. We did pretty much sprint down the load platform each time checking the harnesses. We then had to slow down as the train would sit at the launch track too long... we then were told we had to basically wait until the 2nd train came into unload before dispatching. With decent crew, and 2 trains running superman CAN actually be a capacity monster (well for a Gold Coast park anyway) but hasn't been for close to 10 years now.
    2 points
  13. This is genuinely a good suggestion. I'd support this going in provided they had robust connectivity and a fallback option if the eftpos unit goes down. This also removes operators from performing the role of ticket taker and lets them focus on the actual task of grouping and loading. Some modifications required to avoid abuse and fraud but overall I see this as a winner. Nobody is picking on you. When you make good suggestions we'll recognise that and back it 100%. Just because you've seen something work elsewhere, it doesn't mean it will work here. Disney had to re-do all their beautiful gardens in Shanghai after parents let their kids piss and shit in the gardens instead of using the toilet. The self-deprecating 'everyone hates everything I say' whinge is old. it's been done before. and the woe is me attitude won't get you any sympathy. On this occasion, you were on the money, IMO.
    2 points
  14. Was this guy selling cups of small spherical ice cream? Because it sounds like he was the dippin' dots guy. 12 months to paint Rivals if it were completely shut down to do the job? BULLSHIT. Unless they're completely stripping it, a new coat or two as part of maintenance shouldn't take too long, provided the weather is kind. I won't put a number on it, but 12 months it isn't. Definitely less than 6. I think he might have been pulling your leg matey. Local painters with these skills already exist. They paint buildings and bridges and all sorts of things. Roller Coaster Painters aren't a specialist industry (although its quite reasonable in a country with as many coasters as the USA that they might have a specialist company that only does coasters). There used to be a company that had website images from their work repainting Lethal Weapon back in the day, and to be honest I reckon Lethal would have been the harder one to work on - A skyreach EWP platform can reach 150ft, meaning most of the coaster can be reached by a suitably qualified painter without additional equipment. The drop is 200ft, so everything else is lower than that, and the drop can be accessed by qualified abseiling crews (my multistorey building was painted by crews like this), so there is very little that can't be reached with a single EWP and some ropes. (suitably qualified personnel obviously, and you'd be surprised how many of those exist locally). Anything you can't reach is gonna need a crane and a man-basket but they used that to build the damn thing so not difficult to get them in again.
    2 points
  15. Items lost within the ride envelope should be noted on the ops log and located overnight to be returned to lost property. The guest should be told to come back tomorrow to claim it. The issue with a phone is it's a bit more important to get back than a hat or sunglasses, and if it isn't located immediately while the person who lost it is there, what's to say it'll be found after hours \ in the dark?. It's lose\lose for the park no matter what they do. And yes, the guest should get what they deserve, but it's not in the interests of the park's guest relations to give them the finger. ETA: After posting, I was reminded of the landing pad below the station on the SFMM Green lantern (I think it was a Zacspin \ 4D?). Anyhow the final hairpin before the station was so forceful, violent, and with such a sudden stop, it was clear loose items didn't stand a chance - there were at least a dozen devices in various states of disintegration (all of them fresh though), a couple wallets and some glasses. Ops didn't stop for them... and such is life.
    1 point
  16. To an extent I was expecting backwards to go down in price over time as the novelty wore off.
    1 point
  17. Dude, we get it. We've heard your turnstile suggestions among other things and we've all discussed our thoughts on whether it would work or not. Every ride you're pointing at is in a foreign jurisdiction with different cultures, laws and safety requirements for OH&S. Any one of these things will kill most of your suggestions, and what's left is written off by the fact that the ride is built, approaching 20 years old, and can't accommodate your suggestions (or requires a large labour cost to implement). If you're gonna keep re-agitating the same thing every couple weeks, it's gonna get real tiresome real quick. You've made your suggestion. If the parks see it and want to do it... great. If they don't, oh well.
    1 point
  18. Towe of Terror. Tower of Ter or. Tower of Te ror. Tower of Terro .
    1 point
  19. on an average day i’d say about 50% of the cycles consisted of the backwards seats being empty, that was when it was $20. If they’re going to charge $30 they should at-least include on-ride photos, or put the camera back on and include a video of their ride experience. $30 is crazy expensive for what it is.
    1 point
  20. Just wondering is this article from the official media release? Firstly isn’t the tagline incorrect? It’s hardly the Sunshine Coast’s first roller coaster- the now defunct Wild Mouse surely would have that claim. This headline is very misleading. I guess it must have some elements of a media release as from previous experience this is the gateway to getting an article on Parkz for a new opening coaster (Cough Big Cough Dipper) This will be an exiting new attraction for Aussie World and is the continuation of an excellent expansion plan by the park. Looking forward to what else this park has in store over the next couple of years given that their master plan was released several years ago. This is the right attraction for this time and should prove very popular. Good job Aussie World!!
    1 point
  21. 1 point
  22. I try to keep my eye out for those shining stars amongst all the garbage. Much as I complain about the parks, I feel many of my complaints are cultural and policy rather than any individual effort on behalf of the individual cast members involved. If i've had a particularly good interaction with a cast member who has done what I consider a top job, I try to stop off at guest relations on the way out to fill out a compliment for them. The number of times GR staff have looked tired after dealing with a day full of complaints they're always really enthusiastic to have someone coming in to offer a kudos. I do hope they treat compliments as seriously (or more so) than whinging karens who think their short kid unable to ride big coaster is the worst thing imaginable...
    1 point
  23. Good evening from Canada, ladies and gents of down under. I visited the Proslide Technology production factory in Hamilton today and I've been permitted to share some stuff that has your name on it. Only found the one stack, seems to match what's already been posted in this thread. Was told that this forum might appreciate the heads up, so do with these what you will;IMG_7894.HEICIMG_7900.HEICIMG_7902.HEICIMG_7901.HEICIMG_7893.HEIC IMG_7894.HEIC
    1 point
  24. I mean, once they missed their originally planned opening date, at least they just changed to 'coming soon, keep an eye out for announcements!' instead of the duck season \ wabbit season strategy deployed at Sea World.
    1 point
  25. I think you're finally catching on - so by this point, you stop putting dates on it because the constant moving of the goalposts is damaging your reputation with the paying public and you're pissing more people off with every missed deadline so at some fucking point you just say 'coming soon' instead of constantly updating the signage. They're still running ads that say September 3 (couldn't withdraw the ad quick enough) and people are probably booking now (if not already) for their september holidays and they're seeing ads that have another date on them. Be honest with people. tell them your woes. admit your mistakes. Don't stick your fingers in your ears and pretend like nothing is happening because the PR train has already left the station and you can't be bothered to catch it.
    1 point
  26. Hang on, isn't Superman Escape the MRT, Metropolis Rapid Transit? They could simply extend the track.
    1 point
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