I personally hate waiting. Especially in the sun. Which is why I take advantage of my season pass. I make more than one trip a year and ride as many "short line" rides as possible. Anything that has a long line I normally just wait and ride the next time.
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Its all relative. It depends on where you go. If I go to Adventureland and ride the Outlaw the line is going to be shorter then if I went to Cedar Point and stood in line for Millenium Force.
And like SFLAKE mentioned, what ride is the ten minute on your refering too? If you've got a coaster that seats 32 people that's only 192 pph, and that doesn't include load and unload time. A two hour wait there wouldn't need all that long of a line.
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I actually think lines are getting shorter. I remember when Viper used to have at least an hour wait no matter what. Now it's a near walk on, and Goliath, the new "big ride" at Magic Mountain, rarely has an hour line. Granted, some rides, like Hypersonic XLC, have ridiculous lines, but I think that for the most part lines are getting shorter. This might have something to do with the fact that all parks just have more things to do now.
Well, despite what seems like the common opinion about Fastpass systems, I think they really help the problem. I just went to SFA on Tuesday and the trip would have been a near total disappointment if it weren't for Fastpass.
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I'd like to know what ride is ten minutes long too, I wouldn't mind waiting 2 hours for that one. ;)
No, I don't think that lines are getting too long, it all depends on the ride. I don't believe there is a coaster yet built that SOMETIME during the season you can't get on with just a 10-15 minute wait. It all depends on the days you go, the weather, crowds, whether or not the coaster is new, if it has had downtime that day, if there are any events in the park that day, and so forth. So if you can plan out when to visit, the lines won't be long at all.
On the other hand, if you only have certain days that you can visit and cannot go at any other time, if the line is 2 hours are you just not going to ride, if you won't be coming back? Sure, you might not get as many laps in or go on as many rides, but you can still hit most large attractions, even on the busiest of days.
I remember when I went to Fright Fest back in 1995 at SFMM, Vipers line was starting where X's bridge is now. If anyone doesn't know how long that means, easily a 2+ hour wait. Now i'm shocked if the line starts before you reach the stairs.
the lines have been getting better, all the new rides are becoming more efficient and have higher capacity. Plus parks are getting so large and have so many rides that lots of great coasters will have not much of a line on a busy day. the best example of that is Magnum or medusa at SFGav.
Lines for major new attractions have always been along (at least they have been long since the 70's which is as far back as I can remember). Heck, I remember waiting 2 hours for the Iron Dragon when it first opened! ------------- Bob M.
I've waited up to 2 1/2 hours for 1 ride - longest wait ever for me for (drum roll please)...Face-Off at PKI. I can't say Invertigo's do that much for me anymore, but it was my first. I don't mind longer waits if the lines are long, but I HATE seeing empty trains sitting around, and empty rows, etc. when wait times get over an hour...
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Well maybe lines are getting to long because maybe the rides that are being built are bigger, faster, and taller. Also, advertising for a ride can also make long lines. I personally hate lines. The sun blazing on you, people that smell, and a line that moves "five feet every minute."
The Fastlane can get solve all of those problems ;)
I like the Fastlane pass. I don't see why "everyone" is against it. I hate people whinnying about it, and it's getting really annoying. The Fastlane pass helps if I'm visiting a park for only 2-4 days (Six Flags Great America, 3 day trip: July 2001).
I have seen that queve lines are built long (Millennium Force, Raptor, Mantis). A queve line that was built WAY, WAY too long was Mean Streak. The line was built 3/4 inside the land between the ride. That is way too long.
I waited for Shockwave at SFGAm for 1 hour & 30 minutes. A ride op "messed" up the transfer track and stalled. It took 20 minutes to fix it. After finally getting on the ride, it was not worth waiting that long. The ride was extremely rough and no fun. I could see 3/4 black in my eyes. I was nearly going to black out. Not cool. ------------- "Duff Man Says... Ohhhhh Yaaaaa!" Current Favorite Coasters: 1)Raging Bull 2)Millennium Force 3)Medusa (SFMW) 4)Vertical Velocity (SFGAm) 5)Dueling Dragons (Ice)
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Best time to ride arrow loopers is at night for some reason,
Yes it really all depend on what day you go on, Viper on some days can be a walk on, then the next day it can be 2hr long. You know what i mean. Batman always has a long line at SFMM but it worth the wait! I remember waiting 3HOURS for BACK TO THE FUTURE! when it first open
My longest wait was Riddlers Revenge at SFMM. Almost 3 hours on Valentines Day of 1999. Same day, Viper, Psyclone, and Colossus (most of the day) was a walk on. You just NEVER know. I do like the idea of building shorted queues so the crowd will dwindle a little. It keeps the line a bit shorter. Most people will not stand in a line past the gate (with the exception of RR!).
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