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    Is downtime on the increase?

    It seems to me that attractions are breaking down more frequently than in the past (days of Matt). Pirates is the obvious one, any thoughts?
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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    Nope cuz I live in Washington Although, when I was there in augest-september, i noticed a LOT of things were breaking down.
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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Orville View Post
    It seems to me that attractions are breaking down more frequently than in the past (days of Matt). Pirates is the obvious one, any thoughts?
    Sure seems that way to me. Last several times I've been to the Park, so many attractions have just gone down and I get that, "Check back in about an hour."

    Each time I've gone over to Indy on my last 4 trips over the last 2 weeks...it's been down and out and "Check back later."

    Several others are well.

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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    Space broke down for four hours on Sun Oct 22nd. People were lined up for the queue by Red Rocketts. And it never opened. The other bad thing was I had three FastPasses for it. So I never got to use them. A little souvenir , I guess.

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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    On Sunday November 5th we saw three inoperative rides between the two parks and all three of them were busy rides. Pirates and Big Thunder Mountain were both inop, and it sounded like POTC was broken while the critters from Big Thunder Ranch infiltrated Thunder Mountain, I though that was hilarious. Later we tried to ride Grizzly River Rapids, but it also was inop. It opened later in the day around 2:30 or so.

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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    I guess I'm just lucky, the only ride that I've noticed down is Big Thunder (man that seems to always be down when I'm there!) other then that I've always ridden the rides not in refurb.
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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    I haven't hit any major downtimes with any frequency other than space going down for a while or indy doing the same. There's still a long line of rides needing refurb since they kept everything open during the 50th.

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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    At least it is breakdowns on the increase and not breakdances.

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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Orville View Post
    It seems to me that attractions are breaking down more frequently than in the past (days of Matt). Pirates is the obvious one, any thoughts?
    Overall average attendance has significantly increased at the resort since the 50th. This means that the rides are at a higher operating capacity pretty much each day. This accounts for extra downtime. The up side of it all is that the company is motivated to build all those new rides that we've been hearing about, over the course of the next four years.
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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    The only ride that was down the past couple times Ive been to the park was pinocchio. All the busy rides were open.
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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    On Sunday we experienced closed queues at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. And Casey Jr. was simply closed all day due to operational problems.

    And in my experience, it's become increasingly more frequent lately to walk up to a closed Thunder Mountain, Pirates, and Space Mountain.

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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    The weird ones are when the floats in 'Parade of Dreams' go down. I can't even tell you how many times I've seen the parade with a non-functional Ursula float.

    To make matters worse, today the Alice float stalled in front of Tomorrowland. The entire parade was basically stuck for 20 minutes. They thought they were going to have to tow it, but it apparently started up as soon as they were on their way. By the time the parade started up again, they basically just ran backstage. No show stops.
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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sadako View Post
    To make matters worse, today the Alice float stalled in front of Tomorrowland. The entire parade was basically stuck for 20 minutes. They thought they were going to have to tow it, but it apparently started up as soon as they were on their way. By the time the parade started up again, they basically just ran backstage. No show stops.
    Alice is a fairly problematic float, for some reason. It stalls a lot, especially if it's raining, and I can't remember if it's that float or Beauty and the Beast that can't reverse.

    The first time I saw Christmas Fantasy, it was raining, so most of the dancing was cut, and it was stalled for about twenty minutes because Santa's float couldn't get out. Santa ended up being hauled by what looked like a miniature Zamboni up the entire parade route.

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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Warrior View Post
    Overall average attendance has significantly increased at the resort since the 50th. This means that the rides are at a higher operating capacity pretty much each day. This accounts for extra downtime.
    So true, but that is just one aspect. Maintenence of the rides, WDI Engineering, and training of CMs and leads to operate at peak are also critical to the ride staying (102) up, especially when you are trying to run at capacity. If you blow the "juggling act" of keeping the vehicles in play, you go down. In the case of Pirates, the fiasco with the boats getting stuck is more technical (but of course, happens more when you running more boats).
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    Re: Is downtime on the increase?

    That and every single ride was up and operating at very high capacity for 18 months with very little down time every. It's natural that once that level and push comes down, even a little, there will be an upswing in downtime.

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