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Request[AMA Request] The cast of the TV Show 'Impractical Jokers'!

Jul 19th 2017 by Losingthetime • 14 Questions • 37 Points

I worked at Universal Studios Hollywood for about a year and a half. During my employment I worked at the Simpsons ride, and as a Lead for Route 666 during HHN 2016. Feel free to ask me absolutely anything. My Proof http://imgur.com/a/aqcdD

Q:

There's an Impractical Jokers sub, with a FAQ that answers some of your questions. Also probably a better place to post your AMA request and have the guys see it.

https://www.reddit.com/r/ImpracticalJokers/comments/662nu2/impractical_jokers_frequently_asked_questions/

A:

Did you ever get to go into the park after hours with friends or any benefits like that?


Q:

Thank you!

A:

The benefits were pretty great, we got discounts on food and merchandise in the park and on citywalk. We also got a page (front and back) filled with discounts to many different places and things, ranging from buss passes, movie tickets, sixflags and disney tickets. We never got to go after hours to the park to enjoy rides, mainly because all the rides close at the same time so there isn't anyone to operate them. However, when we got closing shifts, all the employees would stay to clean the ride for about an hour after closing. So a lot of the time there would be a group of about 5-7 people walking through the empty ass park at midnight on our way to the changing room.


Q:

The presence of cuts doesn't mean it's staged, it just means that they're being selective with the footage they want the audience to see. Less than 10% of what they shoot actually makes it into an episode. The cuts are just filtering out the boring/less funny/less entertaining 90%.

A:

Why did you want to do an AMA?


Q:

Prooooove it!

A:

I feel like I have plenty of stories from working at the park and a lot of information that could be useful to people. I was there for around a year and a half and I definitely got to see all the ins and outs of the industry.


Q:

Why is 50 shades of grey your favorite movie?

A:

The day we got hired, they asked us to choose a favorite movie. The hiring staff had made a joke about "you can put 50 shades down and we'll see if you can get it". It was meant as a joke but I decided to pick it to see if it'd fly, and it did. It also served as a conversation starter with guests when the ride would go down. Added benefit being that I was the only person (at least at the time) with that movie on my tag, so it made me just a little unique.


Q:

Can I speak to Babs?

A:

No, and don't ask for Babs either.


Q:

What is your least favorite ride?

A:

Despicable me. It's a shitty version of the Simpson's ride. There isn't nearly enough immersion when you get in the RV, it's not a very long ride, and the plot to the ride is pretty nonsensical.


Q:

Went to the Simpsons ride a couple of years ago. I remember it was the ride we had to wait the longest to get into. Do you think that ride is overrated? I personally did.

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I worked at the ride for a good while and I got to hear the audio so many times that I know it by heart. So to me, the ride is overrated, however, comparatively, I believe it's one of the best rides in the park. Your wait time depends on what time of year you went, and how well staffed they were. In the summer, the ride breaks down because of heat, or we have to shut it down to avoid overheating/fires. We drop one dome, and what was a loading capacity of roughly 360 people every 5 minutes drops by half.


Q:

Hi. I'm going there this summer. Do you have any park tips? Or secrets about universal that would be cool to know?

A:

Get there early, make sure you watch the Waterworld show and go along on the studio tour. Those are the most iconic. The rides that I really recommend you check out are Forbidden Journey (Harry Potter ride) and Simpson's ride. The only rollercoaster is The Mummy. The busiest time and longest lines are from 10-3pm. If you get there at opening, you can hit almost every ride without waiting in any lines. As the day gets late, the lines die down almost completely. The shows end before any of the rides close, so do those first.

I can't think of any secrets.


Q:

I went there recently and I highly recommend downloading the app. Makes it easier to navigate around the park and plan by looking at rides wait times.

A:

I was never a personal fan of the app but that's because it's not the most accurate thing. All wait time changes go as follow: Ride op sees line gets long Ride op calls his ride's dispatch office and tells them Dispatch office calls central command to let them know CC has to manually update the wait times both at the ride Queues and on the App.

Then again i haven't been to the Park as a guest in 6ish months.


Q:

How many attractions did you get to see "with the lights on?" Which ones were less impressive? Which ones were more impressive?

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The only ride that I got to get a full tour of, lights on and everything was The Simpsons ride. When you get hired as a ride Op, you get a full tour of your attraction, lights on and all. It's for safety reasons so you know how to evacuate guests. It takes a lot of safety clearance to be allowed to get a "track walk" of any ride if you aren't originally from it. I did get to see the inside of the Mummy when it got stuck once. And Jurassic Park when the water was getting drained. The Mummy was pretty cool as you get to see how the track twists and turns inside a sound stage. It all feels so close and cramped. I'd say that the Simpsons was the coolest of all. There are two MASSIVE domes with four stories. Two above and one below ground for seating, and one more at the base of the domes for maintenance.


Q:

So do you hear anything where Super Nintendo World is gonna be? How it it like working there though? With the Studio Tour and all, do you have access behind the actual soundstages and production with directors and actors and all? BTW, Why did Harry Potter closed at HHN?

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Some people say that it will be taking over the Mummy sound stage, some say that it will get it's own sound stage next to transformers, no one really knows. I worked as a ride op at the Simpsons so no, I did not get access to areas where things were being filmed. I never had any interactions with directors or actors while they were filming. The sound stages and production areas are really secluded to anyone who isn't supposed to be back there. However, during horror nights, I worked route 666, and to traverse that long stretch land quickly, without having to bump into guests, we would go behind and around sound stages. There's a fence that blocks the area where Exorcist was last year and where the sound stages are, I got to go back there and use it as a detour. WWoHP closes during HHN because HHN is a massive operation. The amount of people working the event is almost the same as during day ops, just more scare actors and less ride ops. WWoHP is also a very big place, it can hold up to 12k people (don't quote me on that) and there is a limit to how many people we are allowed to have in the park during HHN. The average night will have around 22-24k people max. Whereas day operations we can hit over 40k. Fire marshal will only approve in the area of 27 thousand people at MAX. So if WW stays open, then the small amount of people will be there instead of at the mazes. I know that last yea it was opened for an hour or two towards the end of the event's run. Short answer:safety concern/too many people to staff.

I liked working at Universal, but it got in the way of school so I quit in February but am working there again this HHN as a scare actor. Nice environment and really, really nice people.


Q:

What's the weirdest thing you have ever seen?

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Not exactly weird because of the circumstances, but during HHN I had a guy dressed as Ali-G. Not only was he in full costume, but we was in full character.


Q:

Is there any creepy story you saw in the park ?

A:

There's the story of Jennifer from the Simpson's ride. Worker died on the third floor of one of the domes and her spirit roams the halls. Other than that, no.


Q:

How did she die?

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She fell into the Hydraulic pit that lifts the ride vehicle up....or something, I don't remember which story it is.


Q:

Fuck... that sounds terrible.

A:

It's probably bullshit. There was a worker who fell into the same pit about a year before I got hired and he only broke a leg. The only person who I know for a fact that died in the park was the suicider. Guy ran in with a gun after being told to stop by security, he ran all the way to Despicable Me (behind the attraction) and shot himself in the head. At least that's the way I've been told about the events but it was definitely televised.