Now, if you’re reading this post, you’re probably a really big fan of theme parks and roller coasters. But, nothing is perfect, and even theme/thrill parks have imperfections. In no particular order, lets take a look at my personal top park pet peeves;
- Station waits
When you look at a ride’s queue, see that it’s empty, you enter. Then you climb the stairs to the station, and then you stop, because all of the row queues are backed up. I can’t just help feel annoyed when a park deceives you like that. Additionally, when you go to the big ticket theme parks like Disney and Universal, you get those awesome wait time estimates at the entrance! But, when you pay less for your entry ticket like at Six Flags and Cedar Fair, I guess that’s what you get!
- When it’s really busy at the park, and a roller coaster is only running one train.
You’re at Six Flags Magic Mountain on a Saturday during March Break, you’re waiting in the ridiculously long line for X2. You enter the second queue area and you realize that the park’s star attraction has one of it’s trains on the storage track! Then, after your ride on X2, you go over to Tatsu, and after noting the suspiciously long 4 hour, you go up to the station and notice that Tatsu is only running one train! Does this situation sound familiar to you? An extremely busy park forceably running it’s most popular rides on decresed capacity. Now, I would rather these attractions be on lower capacity than be running unsafe trains, but would it kill a park to have rides on full capacity during peak season?
Even though the general public can techincally be classified as your friends, family, or any average park-goer, doesn’t it just annoy you when you overhear theme saying, “The Top Thrill Dragster ride is like 600ft tall” and “The Viper coaster goes upside down like 15 times!” Now, I don’t mean to be insensitive, but it just makes me want to but in and say, “Actually, ………..” Plus, if it weren’t for the general public buying tickets, amusement parks in general wouldn’t exist!
Well, there are my top park pet peeves, maybe I’ll write a sequel post later, what are your biggest theme park pet peeves?