Was at LOD today and saw the remains of riffle rapids, I didn't read about it before I went, so I didn't know anything about its background so I was like,"Omg, there this random flume here that just runs through LOD!
This place really brings back memories of playing in LOD when I was little in the mid to late 90's, I remembered the old "Gordon the Dragon" show back in 1997 which I believe there is a video of somewhere.
Bingo. Many times on slower days they would have 2 people running the 4 rides. It never worked well because the eggs took forever to run a ride cycle. Ideally they could get by with 3 and have the bugs and boats share one ride operator and the dragons the other. Now only 2 people can run this area almost all days except summer Saturdays.
From all appearances it looks like they are creating a low sensory area for kids who have Autism or other handicaps. This is in line with that SP did in PA. I think it is a great idea and a wonderful gesture. (if you look at the sign it becomes apparent what the area will be) I suspect there will have to be staff there to monitor things.
Long and short this is unlikely a staff reduction plan. Especially since in the other corner they are building out, is planned to be some kind of stage.
Incidentally I understand that ride was a monster to keep running.