The same thing happened when I was there, except it was 2 people. I came close to making it 3 people. In 95* weather, and with no canopies or beverage machines, it was not pleasant to wait that long. I hope SFWoA will install some type of permanent umbrellas/canopies.
This isn't a unique situation to any one park. It happens everywhere when the heat index gets as high as it is. This is oppressive heat here in Ohio, and this morning they're saying it's worst than the '88 drought, which was not pleasant.
Between my AC tripping its breaker and the loss of water yesterday (because the yuppie SUV-driving bastards in my neighborhood are too stupid to understand the words "sprinkling ban") I'm done with this heat. A thunderstorm would be nice.
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Drinking soda isn't the best, water will do wonders for helping you prevent heatstroke/sunstroke. Working at Cedar Point, we'd see people pass out all the time - even under those canopies, though they did help. MF's canopies are better, with the mister fans. Interesting enough, you don't see people passing out so often here in Florida parks - quite likely, they're used to the heat all year round and know how to pace themselves just a bit better. Plus, there are more indoor, cooler attractions to help cool you down.
Judging by the amount of red necks I saw at CP, they really don't have that much sun protection. And the misting fans, while feeling nice, didn't do much. As soon as it hit my face, it would evaporate. I don't know the peoples situations, but it pays to drink plenty of water during a stay at any themepark. Sure soda and beer may taste good, but it can also dehydrate you faster. Another advantage to the waterfountain is that you don't have to complain about the high price of soda or beer!
You would think that a park that can afford to add three coasters in one year and so many last year and the year before would be able to afford to put canopies/umbrella's and mister fans. What really pisses me off about most parks is they put millions of dollars into rollercoasters but they will allow guest to wait in a multi hour line out in the sun with little coverage. But what do I know I am just the average coaster enthusiest.
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At SFGAm, the lines for V2 and the soon-to-be lines for Deja Vu are bare. No protection whatsoever. I was really disappointed. They could show their guests a little decency.
Since they are an outdoor venue, they should be prepared for whatever weather that arises, whether it be thunderstorms (close the rides) or a heat wave (turn on some mist machines, add sun protection, and lower bottled water costs)
Wild Adventures (Valdosta, GA) has those misting stations: just a canopy next to the midway, where the misters are always going. It's a nice way to cool off no matter if you are going from ride to ride or just walking around seeing the sights. Quite frankly, however, it isn't up to the parks -- people that visit parks know that they will be waiting for hours in lines for some rides, and everyone ought to be aware of what standing in the heat can do for you. Bring a bottle of water, wear loose clothing that keeps the sun off you, don't wear totally dark clothing, and know when to take a break. While long, hot lines aren't everyone's idea of a great vacation, we all know that they happen.
If you want some water, just ask for it at one of the stands. I've never had a problem getting a cup of ice water at any park (including Busch, Paramount, CP, SF, HP). The reason you typically only see water fountains near bathrooms or more permanent food places is that is where the pipes have already been laid. So it make sense to just branch off another line. jeremy --who notes that adding a bathroom/water fountain is real life is a *bit* harder than in RCT
Someone asked the parks to show a little decency and lower bottled water prices when it gets hot. That's the funniest thing I've ever heard. That's like asking the local hardware store to have a two for one shovel sale when there's a blizzard. Remember that most bottled water isn't any better, and in fact may be worse, than tap water. That's why I use the waterfountain. ------------- Batwing-Bow Down