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Postby JW65 » Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:06 am

Hi Everybody,

Do you all remember the large lifeguard chairs with people sitting in them near the lines of the most popular rides? The people sitting in them would be watching to make sure those in line weren't cutting or jumping the ropes to let friends in. I particularly remember seeing these chairs and people in the lines where we all waited to ride The American Eagle in Gurnee. There would be occasions where they would have to throw someone out of the line because they had cut, or caused a problem. Wonder when they got rid of the lifeguard chairs and people watching? I assume Santa Clara had them too. Didn't these people watching have a special name? What a job... :?

Also interesting was to see how once a ride lost its popularity, the number of "stockades" used to keep people in line were eliminated. There would just be a concrete area, void of the posts and ropes once used.
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Postby Tanya » Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:19 pm

I don't remember ever seeing line watchers. Though we could have used them!
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Never saw them in Santa Clara

Postby ewilson » Sun Jul 24, 2005 6:53 pm

This is the first I have ever heard of someting like that. I don't ever remember seeing them in the Santa Clara park. Maybe Californians are more trustworthy :roll: . I do remeber in the early years how long the lines were for the big rides, taking at least and hour. After the park had been open about 5 years the lines would seldom take up more than 50% of allocated cue space. Unless it was the first year of a new ride. The last year I worked there I liked to look at the old cue space and how long they were. and reflect on the days when they were all full.
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Postby BrianPlencner » Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:33 pm

I do remember that as well. Just as a reference, here is a picture showing the Eagle Queue area. Everything on the right side of the Tent is queue. If the whole tent is full, the wait for the ride is somewhere between 75 and 90 minutes. There have been times in the last few years that the park has needed to use part of this area. It has been many years since I have seen the entire thing full.

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Postby steven » Sun Jul 24, 2005 9:55 pm

I remember line watchers at Gurnee for the Loggers Run queue. They would sit in an elevated chair like that for a lifeguard. This was set up in the area of the queue that had many switchbacks on the boardwalk along the water.

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Postby redfishpaw » Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:27 am

I recall a line watcher in the Queue line area for the White Water Rampage as well (Gurnee).
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Postby Demondude102110 » Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:25 am

I don't really remember them but I sure wish we had them now! Line jumping has become a huge problem. Especially at Six Flags Great America.
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Postby Shockwavegirl » Wed Aug 31, 2005 5:25 pm

Well, I suppose that they got rid of the "linewatchers" because who wants to pay someone to just sit around all day....besides those number tickets they use at Gurnee now on busy days works a lot better anyway.
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Postby JW65 » Thu Sep 01, 2005 7:03 am

How do the number tickets at Gurnee prevent people from line jumping?
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Postby BrianPlencner » Thu Sep 01, 2005 10:14 am

JW65 wrote:How do the number tickets at Gurnee prevent people from line jumping?


As you enter the line, you are given a good sized ticket, with the name of the ride on it. Each ticket has a number, and they are passed out in order.

Near the end of the line, the tickets are collected. If you are out of sequence, then they know you lined jumped.

It works really well. Problem is, it does take extra staff to do this, as you need 2 more people on the crew.
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Postby redfishpaw » Thu Sep 01, 2005 11:33 am

I may have experienced this during the Superman line. Which rides is ticket system typically utilzized?
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Postby BrianPlencner » Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:59 pm

redfishpaw wrote:I may have experienced this during the Superman line. Which rides is ticket system typically utilzized?


It has been used on Batman, Superman, Raging Bull, and I think Viper. I know when Shockwave was still in the park, they used it on it as well.
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Re: Line Watchers

Postby dlmtechnology » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:11 pm

BrianPlencner wrote:
redfishpaw wrote:I may have experienced this during the Superman line. Which rides is ticket system typically utilzized?




It has been used on Batman, Superman, Raging Bull, and I think Viper. I know when Shockwave was still in the park, they used it on it as well.


Don't really mean to bring up such an old topic, but did want to chime in on the tickets.....was just at Gurnee today and they broke out the tickets for Raging Bull, the line filled the queue houses as well as went as far back to Viper (good lord thats a 3 hour wait thank god I had Exit Admission Passes)

Anyways the real point, the ticket system must not be used TOO Often, I remember seeing those tickets almost 10 years ago when I worked there and the ones they were using tonight for Raging Bull were printed out with Batman's name on them and still had the OLD Blue and White Six Flags Logo on them, which also was funny because they are using old logo stuff there, but the "Loaner coats" that wardrobe handed out were black with the blue and white logo (when I worked there) had a current logo patch ironed over the old logo (it was hilarious)
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Postby Cheesehead Dave » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:51 am

BrianPlencner wrote:
redfishpaw wrote:I may have experienced this during the Superman line. Which rides is ticket system typically utilzized?


It has been used on Batman, Superman, Raging Bull, and I think Viper. I know when Shockwave was still in the park, they used it on it as well.

They used it on the Eagle as well. I have ticket 000-001 stashed away somewhere...
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