Re: Parks without Fastpass blow
- From: Theme Park Review <robbalvey@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2011 01:11:48 -0700 (PDT)
On Jul 8, 2:55 pm, BaSSiStiSt <bassistist...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Jul 8, 3:24 pm, ldnayman <ldnay...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
As much as I'd love to go to Kings Dominion, Hershey or Sandusky, I
just can't fathom the misery of life without fastpass. Mixing with
the common folk, waiting 2 hours for a ride in the hot sun...the mere
thought of it fills me with disgust and rage.
Just go in early spring or late summer, when the park's not crowded.
July's no time to be be in an amusement park, unless it's an
independent, less busy one like Knoebels.
And as for free Fatpass not working...Disneyland?
Each system has their flaws. Disney's free fastpass favors those who
get to the park early on busy days and expects them to stay all day to
get the best use out of the system. You get to the park at 1pm on an
average weekend day, and good luck getting a Fast Pass for Toy Story
Mania, Test Track, or Soarin'. That being said, I always make the
most out of Disney's Fast Pass system each visit. Yes, I would prefer
they charge for it so I can use it at my leisure, but given that's not
how it works, I'll work around that.
A virtual queue device like Q-Bots that Six Flags uses can be
purchased in advance of your visit, and you can show up any time
provided you have a reservation for the unit. So if you want to go to
Great Adventure at 3pm to get in a few rides on El Toro without having
to wait, you can go whenever you want to. Nothing other than your
wallet is dictating when you can use the system. I prefer this.
IMO, anyone who bitches about paying for the service is just jealous
because they can't afford it to begin with. If its really that
important to you, make different choices in your life. Otherwise,
If a park offers a virtual queue device, we always, ALWAYS get it.
Even if lines are only 20 minutes, and I can wait zero by paying my
way to the front of the line, those 20 minutes add up and I'd much
rather have them back to choose to do what I want with them, rather
than be stuck in a queue somewhere.
I do hope that Disney in the US follows suit someday with what Tokyo
does, and gives you bonus "use anytime" Fast Pass tickets depending on
the level of stay to purchase at their on-site hotels. There was
talks about a "Gold Fast Pass" for people who stay on concierge level
at Disney Deluxe resorts at WDW years ago. If that ever happened, I'd
be first in line to book that!
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