View Full Version : Funnest Experience During a Shutdown

08-25-2004, 06:22 PM
This can be guest or employee related.

My first was doing training for just in case the coaster got stuck on the lift and some other cast members and myself spent about 20 minutes singing atop Alpie and checking out all the scenery it had to offer 195 ft off the ground

My second was guest related. We were in the middle of a feeder-wheel setup (when the train gets stuck half on the lift and half in the station), and this husband and wife ask me why they can't get into the station during the shutdown but people can come out. I reply with a grin, "Well, it's kind of the opposite of China. You can get out, but you can't get in." It made them laugh and was probably one of the best shutdown guests I had during the time I was there

08-25-2004, 06:24 PM
Mine was when Mindbender didn't quite make it into the station and I actually ended up helping to push it forward about 4 feet. I know that doing that wasn't a good idea, but I was trying to help out a group of people that were going to do it anyway, and the ops thought it was a good plan.

08-25-2004, 06:45 PM
When the power went out in the park and we were stranded on Deja Vu for about two-three hours.

08-25-2004, 06:54 PM
When me and my cousin were stuck on magum. It was right at the end of the ride right after the tunnel. The people behind us were playing a gameboy, lol.

08-25-2004, 07:23 PM
... getting stuck on powersurge when the arm stayed up in the air and didnt come down... nothing like hangging in the OTSR looking down at 90*s.. whoo! and it didnt have a seatbelt to OTSR.. it was just an otsr.. fun stuff

09-03-2004, 10:05 PM
This can be guest or employee related.

My first was doing training for just in case the coaster got stuck on the lift and some other cast members and myself spent about 20 minutes singing atop Alpie and checking out all the scenery it had to offer 195 ft off the ground
I remember that dude, we hads to go pee really bad... It didn't make it any better when it was freezing cold! oh yea Derrick popped out of nowhere

My best time during a shutdown was when i worked the loch ness monster... All of the sudden the E-Stop went off and we had to do a evacuation. When we handed out the ride readmitance cards all the guest wanted to ride Loch Ness again lol

09-12-2004, 10:12 AM
I've had quite a few interesting employee-related shutdowns. There's being team leader of White Water Landing and walking along the upper flume in 45 mph winds; hosing down the boats; shoveling out the trough and seeing exactly how much it does flake off... Then on Disaster Transport, sweeping out the trough and singing showtunes in the dark bends. On Iron Dragon, seeing the compost pile beneath the second lift burst into flames while you're waiting to restart. It's eerie some of the stuff that goes on behind the scenes.

Matt M
09-12-2004, 11:06 AM
An animal was on the track for Demon and they had to close the ride to until it left. 10 minutes go by and I guess the thing had fallen asleep. Comments ranged from "if we were allowed to bring guns in her I'd shoot the damned thing" and "send one of the cars empty". It was funny. The thing was eventually woken up when an employee poked it with a stick.

09-13-2004, 01:32 AM
We have had similar setup situations at Top Gun with the train half way in the station and on the lift. The only funny thing about that is that when maintenance starts the train, it suddenly shoots off from a dead stop and always startles the riders. Then people in line start to cheer. Then the train stops again as soon as it clears the station. Gets'em every time.

09-13-2004, 01:25 PM
When me and my cousin were stuck on magum. It was right at the end of the ride right after the tunnel. The people behind us were playing a gameboy, lol.
I take it was during a setup that lasted about 5-10 mins, tops, right? My question is why did he bring a Game Boy?

My funniest was when I called a hold for a piece of debris that hung from the back of an empty train (which could have caused problems with braking on the coaster... it dragged right over them). One of the ops had to run up the lift (as we stopped the empty train about halfway up), and we saw him puke from the running... just to confirm what I saw.

My other one involved the owner of a site of which name I wouldn't mention... I won't go into details, but he wasn't happy being stuck in his seat during a setup.

09-15-2004, 09:11 PM
I am not an employee but while I was next in line for Iron Wolf @ SFGAm it began pooring rain. The train with people in it came back into the station wet and overshot the station (Front row was hanging out). After staring at it for awhile they thought they should let the people out of the train that could get out, but instead of hitting the "Open restraints" button they reset the stand-up seats. At that time most people were sitting on the "seat" that the train had and it REALLY hurt some of the guys on the train. I felt sorry for the guys but couldn't keep in my laughter.

09-18-2004, 10:18 AM
EDIT- srry I previously posted this in the wrong thread.

I have been stuck on an e-stop on a Thunderhawk at Wof. It was my b-day and the 1st day of operation. It was funny because the guy next to me was from france and kept cussing in french, which were american cuss words.

09-18-2004, 10:23 PM
but instead of hitting the "Open restraints" button they reset the stand-up seats

Im guessing reset makes the "seats" rise back up?

09-19-2004, 04:03 PM
Back last summer when the Blackout happened I got to walk around Cedar Point with no electrcity. It was strange,kinda creepy and fun all at the same time.

09-19-2004, 04:20 PM
We were on the lift hill of Batman:Knight Flight and this girl shoe was about to fall off and she was flipping out. She was like"OMFG!!!!! My Mother F'n shoe is about to F%#&ing fall off. Me and my friend cracked up.

01-02-2005, 01:54 PM
Years ago at this Segaworld place which has closed down, there was some ghost hunter type ride thing where you shoot all the objects in your dark scenery. For some reason I was really scared about going on it lol, so it began. Strolling through some sort of dark forest thing with these laughing skull heads then it was just my luck. Out of no where it suddenly crashed down and it went from basically dark with a few lights on to 100% pitch black. Everything was silent, and my friend said "Alex.....are you there?" and for some reason I could not stop laughing at that all day. Then after about 30 seconds, all the lights came on, and we had to walk all the way through ride. I can't remember too much of it but I remmeber walking through it wasn't very scary at all.

01-02-2005, 03:17 PM
I was at Gadv during th big black out and nitro got stuck on the top and everyone was like "were gonna die!". funny how when ever a ride stops even for 1 second, everyone thinks its a death sentence.
also on star tours the ride would not start and my dad was like hello? oh what a fun ride! we can be on it for hours. then the sound whent out and skywalker said nothing. i don't know why but i started craking up. a similar event happened earlier in epcot on body wars when right after the count down, the whole ride whent blank.

Sandy W
01-02-2005, 03:34 PM
Quite a few years ago there was this intense Thunderstorm back when sfne was still Riverside. It thundered and lightninged for about 40 minutes and of course shut every ride down. There was some serious bolts happenning. We all took shelter under the International Plaza. The storm knocked the lights completely out for about 5 minutes. It was blacker then pitch. We all shreiked men included like little girls. The lights came back on we were laughing our buts off the rest of the night after that.

01-02-2005, 03:52 PM
Well for me the only thing that happened to me isx that we got stuck on Hurlers lift hill at Carowinds and everyone had to walkdown the catwalk. We were on there for 2hrs and then the said come on down.

01-02-2005, 03:52 PM
I was at Gadv during th big black out and nitro got stuck on the top and everyone was like "were gonna die!". funny how when ever a ride stops even for 1 second, everyone thinks its a death sentence.It is. I guess some people dont know what that clicking sound is when they go up.:p

01-02-2005, 05:36 PM
They were doing training at the end of the year at Minebuster so they stopped every train going up the lift. I went on the ride 5 times in a row and each time it stoped everyone went from noisy to cmplete silence. Plus, everyone's head was turned around looking at the person operating the lift.

01-06-2005, 08:54 AM
The weirdest thing that ever happened while I was working at Dutch Wonderland: In the station for the monorail, there is an e-stop button which kills the power to the track in case of a serious problem. I was running the coaster and saw the monorail stopped out in the middle of the track. I later found out that my one friend was the attendant and hit the e-stop. It took about 20 minutes for the maintenance people to get it started again. Needless to say, she was pretty embarassed.

Sandy W
01-07-2005, 04:46 PM
I had forgot about this. My very first park I worked at which I don't mention much was a few rides that were set up at a place called Ocean Beach Park in New London CT. It was really my favorite of all cause of the beach and just so laid back. One day it was quiet as heck I mean no one for like over an hour it was kind of rainy and cool. We just all got together and went on all the rides one after another. It was not really a shut down but down time since we had no guests. That was a fun afternoon.

01-09-2005, 04:07 AM
Well At california Adventure we got stuck in the station with our restraints locked and all the lights off... it was a bit eird, but aperently the rides power went out... well anyway the guys have to like take a key and step on a lever to open the restraints manually. The guy doing it was really skinny and weak so we laughed at him Jumping up and down on the lever....lol

Carowinds 73-03
01-09-2005, 09:01 PM
We never had fun durring breakdowns. We always cleaned the station while waiting or cleaned the que lines and dumped trash.

Now when the park closed is a different story. After the last guest left we would usually sit on the exit stairs at Vortex and shoot the breeze for about an hour or so until we figured where we were all going that night.

01-09-2005, 09:13 PM
While I was at PKI, the Beast broke down. We just so happened to be going up the second lift hill when it stopped. As a joke, my friend said, "OH ******, WE'RE GONNA F*$^(@G DIE!!!". A little girl about 3 rows back just started sobbing. Then a GUY started screaming, and just kept saying, "Oh no...Oh no!!!! I knew I should have stayed home!!!" The intercom came on and said that the Beast had broken down. My friend then said, "Oh great! Now we're screwed!". Another girl started crying. Needless to say, me and my buddy spent a good 45 min. up there, all of which were spent laughing.

Carowinds 73-03
01-09-2005, 09:45 PM
LOL, Thats just cruel but funny at the same time. Sounds like something i would do.

01-09-2005, 10:19 PM
Weather shutdowns in general are always fun. One time, me and Myra had a double shift at Powersurge because Nathan forgot we were down there because it was shut down for rain and so he didn't rotate us or break us, and we just chilled down at Powersurge and waited for the rain to pass over, but it never did. We went down to the ride, signed it off, opened for about 10 minutes, shutdown for weather and didn't open again until the last 20 min the park was open. It was wonderful. I actually DIDN'T complain about being down at powersurge for so long. Meh, I can't believe I double shifted at that POS. But oh well, we got paid to pretty much do nothing that day.

01-09-2005, 10:41 PM
I was stuck on the grizzly at PGA for about 30 seconds because of some obnoxious rider or some crap. Ironically, that was the smoothest part of the ride.

01-30-2005, 06:13 PM
I enjoyed rampant thunderstorms. Steady rain will bring Mean Streak to a hault, and horizontal rain and more will put the crew members down below the station in the electrical room. It was great one time this past summer when we had a severe thunderstorm, we're in the electrical room and Michael (Chi Chi) from Gemini was cross training with us that day starts walking around asking what all the different levers are for, opening little control cabinets "oooooooooooo, look at all these buttons, I'm gonna HIT EM ALL!!! . . . Main Power, hmmm" and a little later we're watching a computer screen down there and we see the mouse pointer moving (supervisors and rides management were up in the main control booth in the station powering things up), I say "Hey, I think their trying to restart the ride", and Chi Chi yells out "PUSH BUTTONS, TRY TO STOP 'EM!!" and every crew member was in hysterics.

01-30-2005, 06:22 PM
There was a breakdown on Nitro, as the lift chain failed as usual. The line went from 2 hours to about 30 mins as everybody left the line. One lady said, "I aint gon be on da six a'clock news taday." and everyone in her group behind her were like,"damn straight sistah." It was pretty funny. You would have to be there to really laugh at it. People really take small things seriously.

01-30-2005, 08:22 PM
A while back when I worked for Busch, someone snuck a cup of beer on Montu. We stopped it on the lift and when we went to get it, the peeps in the front row were enjoying a cigarette...

02-12-2005, 11:46 PM
I thought Busch encouraged beer drinking?

Montu Man
02-13-2005, 04:35 PM
Um, not on the rides!

02-16-2005, 06:29 PM
the best thing about that would be being the one to escort those guest out of the park with out their refunded tickets or seasons passes

02-16-2005, 07:38 PM
Well a ride didn't break down but i remember i was in kiddieland and i was at the Pounce Bounce (little Pitt Fall) and my managers came around telling us a storm was coming and passing out ponchos. well, when the rain started to fall we had just put the people on the ride so we had to wait untill they got of to run for shelter cause in kiddieland all they give us are these umbrellas that don;t do nothin for us. N-E-Ways the rain started to fall super hard and when the ride stopped me and my co-worker was flipping out because we saw lightning and we were at the tallest ride in kiddieland and the gate around us was metal and we were scared and thought we were going to get struck by lightning. Usually when it rains we are suppose to take our ticket cans to shelter with us because they will fill up with water if we don't. well, i was not touching our ticket can because those things are metal and i did not want to die so i just tiped it over on it's side so water would not get in. Then we ran out from our ride and into the bathroom. I couldn't see anything when i was running. The wind and rain was sooooo strong. It was scary and exciting at the same time. The storm only lasted like 15 minutes then it was over. But that was kind of exciting. That happened a couple times last year. And one boy almost got struck by lightning because he was puttin down the umbrella or doing something with it when it started to poor down and lightning struck right over his head. i didn't see it but i believe him because he was all shookin up. Those were som fun moments.

02-21-2005, 03:38 AM
at BGW most of the places selling beer aren't around the coasters.. and ride ops are supposed to tell anyone smoking or drinking that they aren't allowed to do it in the queues

02-25-2005, 07:48 PM
Can someone fix the title of this thread to read, "Most Fun Experience During A Shutdown"? The last time I checked the dictionary, "funnest" did not exist. That's almost as bad as when I hear kids using the word "conversate"...as..."We were conversating." Again...no such word. Correct word is "converse".

Sorry, folks. It just bugs me that in spite of our technological advances, we are murdering the English language.

I remember being at CP this past season, and the train had just exited the station, and was stopped on the lift hill. The train was stopped because of an intense downpour. Those poor people were stuck there for about 15 minutes. Then I saw the emergency bucket go up the side of the lift hill to escort people out of the train. No one left. Eventually, the rain subsided, and the train ran. Those people must have been freezing as they ran MF's course.

m-force 4 ever
06-24-2006, 09:55 AM
I was hosting a train stuck on the last brake before the station and the guys in the front row asked me to sing to them LOL it was really funny

06-25-2006, 05:49 AM
I almost got stuck on The Mummy's Revenge at Universal Studios Hollywood last year. My dad and I were the next ones up in line when they stopped all the trains. We decided to wait in line about 15-20 minutes when we decided to leave. It reopened later and it worked fine.

06-26-2006, 12:05 AM
The funniest thing that ever happened to me was we were on a ride at our county fair caled "Fly" its a ride like a laydown coaster kinda that you go up and down in to stimulate that ur flying...well anyway me and a friend got on it for free because the operator was bored because no one was riding it... So we got on locked ourselves in and the ride started. Five minutes later the ride hadnt stopped so were like "wow this is cool". So after fifteen mins we began to wonder why he hadnt stopped us. So every time we went around the base of the ride gettin near the operator we asked him the question "Why havn't you stopped us?" He replied IT WONT STOP THE CONTROL PANEL IS NOT WORKING!! So we laughed our heads off... Finally after an hour the managers of the show came and unplugged the ride which is extremly bad on it and we finally got off lol... IT WAS HALARIOUS!!!!! BEST FREE RIDE EVER!

09-22-2006, 05:57 PM
Haha. well I'm bringing the thread back from the dead. That Rhymes. Since the last 3 months, I went to SFMM twice and It was great, didn't get stuck on anything though. so yeah people feel free to continue telling us about your experiences.

09-22-2006, 08:24 PM
Woah, revival.
I remember taking my friend (who had next to no experience with thrill rides at that point) on Mighty Axe at The Park Formerly Known as Camp Snoopy. We were the only ones on the ride. We got stuck sideways. He started to panic. I started to laugh. We got back on later and he loved it.

At CoasterCon, I was in row 1 of Whizzer at the very end of ERT when the train in front of us stopped halfway out of the station. They were evacuated and everything seemed ot be okay. All was clear, the train got un-stuck, and proceeded to finish its course. We began to roll into the station, when, of course, our train got stuck as well.

09-22-2006, 10:10 PM
Well, this isn't a break down thing but I am not sure what happend but on Hangman at WA either my restraint came loose or one of the 2 locks failed but i am not sure which.but my restraint was really far out from my body. I actually had so much fun I actually got some air time on a SLC!

09-23-2006, 11:17 PM
I was on Top Scan at Adventureland when it stopped mid-cycle. I happened to be the lowest person on the ride, lying on my side against the OTSR for about 5 minutes. It seemed like an eternity though, and it was quite painful. Before that, I had been on Looping Star at the same park(which was in the same location) and I was sitting stuck in my restraint for a good 10 minutes. They felt bad, and after they fixed the problem, the sent me and my friends through again even though there was an abnormally long line for it.

10-10-2006, 01:01 PM
I have a few good ones.

Opening day Cedar Point. My dad, two of my friends and myself were at the park. We went to Magnum, and instead of waiting for the front like my dad and other friend did, my best friend and myself got onto the middle of the train. We were pumped because we were on the first public train of the season! Well needless to say, it would have been better if we did wait. The train ended up getting stuck in 5 different places on the lift, and once in the braking segment right before the station. We had to do a walk down into the station. Everytime it was stopped or stuck my friend asked me "Are we stuck?" But amazingly she didn't freak out, she just said "Wake me up when we start again."

The other good one was a guest decided to remove his/her seatbelt on the Raptor, so the ops stopped the ride on the middle of the lift. Pretty cool!

10-10-2006, 08:09 PM
When I got stuck on Free Fall at SFOG this summer the guy finally got up there after about ten minutes and asked us if we were scared. I was actually taking aerial photos of batman and my friend was scoping out if Deja Vu would have a chance of opening that day (it didn't). Then he looked down and then looked at us with two wobbly eyes, he asked us if it was okay if he could go back down since he was afraid of heights!

Also I got stuck on Batman at SFOG just coming out of the station and some women behind us yelled out asking where everyone was from. Of course I said Kentucky and thank god I hadn't been stupid enough to wear sandals to the park because the next question she asked me was if I was wearing shoes! Thanks Eastern KY...

10-10-2006, 10:34 PM
I was on Patriot this summer and the ops were running a "power-hour (trying to break the previous capacity record)." As a result, trains started to stack, meaning an immediate slow down at the bottom of the lift. The 10-year-old (guess, of course) girl next to me completely freaked out. It's always more fun when you get to bombard GP with pointless coaster facts. ;)

10-12-2006, 12:48 PM
well i work at the skycoaster at KW, and it was shut down because it wouldnt wench up. so after the mechanics came over and attempted to fix the problem, they need us to test fly to see if it worked. WELLLLL me and two other people suited up and went out to test fly. Little did we know, it wasnt fixed. It started to take us up then when we were about 20-30 feet off the ground it stopped and we jerked back and fourth really hard. i was crackin up cause we were just dangeling over the water. then it started back up for 2 seconds and stopped again and it jerked us once again. there were people in the park watching us. they probably thought we were crazy. i knew nothing could happen to us thats why i was laughing. finally they just brought us down and tried to fix it again. finally it worked and we had to test fly again. it actually worked that time. I just thought it was pretty funny when it stopped and the cables jerked us a little. thats always fun to watch.

10-13-2006, 06:10 PM
I have a few of recieving end parts.

First, Test Track, needless to say, the ride broke or something, and we were on the banked turn at the end. Going 5 mph is fun on that!

Mission Space is cool in a Shutdown, they have to use a release (I believe that it was because someone got really sick while onboard) and the seats lower back down, and the restraints release, and you get off and re-enter the room with the 4 doors (If you wanted to)

Universe of Energy at Epcot, where the whole screen rises to go back to the "Final Jeopardy" spot, the screen didn't go up, and we had to walk through the emergency exit. It was cool.

Spaceship earth always seems to break... but it's better when you get to the top, stop, think it's a handicap boarding, then the lights (The limited up there!) come on, and you realize that the ball is basically hollow, just with "Rooms" all the way up... Then the ride starts moving, with the lights on. It's really cool.

Those are mine...

Odd how they're at EPCOT.

10-13-2006, 10:43 PM
^It's because George Bush is plotting to take over the world using an army of bearded monkeys and shaved beavers. They're centered at EPCOT's training laboratory. Unfortunately, one of the beavers got away and chewed on a wire.

10-17-2006, 09:57 PM
My most recent breakdown story was this past weekend at PKD. My friend and I were in line to ride Scooby Doo's Haunted Mansion(Very fun ride).

Anyway, while in line, I said to my friend "It would be cool to walk through this ride". So we are on the ride and about 3/4 of the way through, the ride stops, the lights turn on, and the lapbars raise up. We sat in the car for about 10 minutes. It was cool because we were able to see everything that you can't usually see when it is dark. After 10 minutes, a guy comes walking up to us and tells us to get out of the car and wait for him. We have to walk through the rest of the ride. So, I got to walk throught the ride like I had wanted to. I even got to push open one of those huge wooden doors between rooms. We also had an on-ride photo of us walking through the building which was funny.