Were the "photographers" interfering with loading etc? (holding up the loading procedure to get pics of their friends on the ride, etc?)
Of the parks that I have been to and had my camera with me(IOA, BGT, BGW, Dorney, Hershey, Dutchwonderland, Lakemont), I never had any problems. Only a few pics were taken in the stations (a shot of the lift hill and return bunny hops on Steel Force at Dorney, a shot of the lift hill of Sky Princess at Dutch Wonderland, several shots in the station of Leap The Dips at Lakemont). I have several shots taken from the queue lines of various coasters.
My wife (who is not quite as wild about coasters as I am) sometimes stands by the area near the station with the camera... that's how all of my "on ride photos" are taken.
Hmmmmmmm.... could that be it? A snap shot on your own camera will cost you about 30 cents to get developed... not the $8 or so that the parks will soak you for an on ride photo... and also that money will not be going into the park's pockets either.
*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 5/14/2002. ***
That could be one possible reason, SFLAKE. From what I've understood from people's descriptions of this, it doesn't have anything to do with the queing or loading process.....in other words, it wasn't being interfered with. It seems to be mainly at Six Flags parks that this tends to happen. Maybe you're right and it is a money issue.
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Hey, I got harassed outside of the park in the picnic area taking photos of Villain for ECC's First Drop. It wouldn't surprise me.
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I can see why it is not safe to take them on coasters or most rides. But you aren't allowed to take them on some Ferris Wheels too. Is it just me, or is the point of a ferris wheel to get a great veiw? Why not capture it?!? It is a relaxing ride.
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This isn't a coaster, but I worked on DareDevil Dive at SFGAm, and we had people taking cameras up to the lift all the time. They didn't take 'em on the ride, but sometimes you could get a nice expiditer who would snap a pic...
"Getting on Iron Wolf is kind of like going in a blender and pressing PUREE"
"Turn the camera off, NOW!"
"Um, what, you mean I can't film the ride?"
"No, you cannot, turn the camera off NOW!"
In line for S:UE:
"Turn off the camera, we're within 5 feet of the ride and they'll freak out...I'm gonna get in trouble for talking about the camera, OK???"
My two favorite coasters are named Superman.
Geez, some real horror stories there. I've yet to encounter this sort of thing. I always have this nervous feeling in the back of my mind though, like any second someone's going to seriously question my standing there changing lenses and snapping photos. Pull out the tripod and you'll really get people's attention. So far most of my experience has been very positive as far as park's and employee's are concerned.
I have a suspicion that the way you approach in makes a world of difference.
Thing is, the Geauga Lake picture "policy" was not, is not, and has never been park policy. That didn't stop certain park personnel from trying to enforce it!
Absolute power may corrupt absolutely, but apparently a *tiny* amount of "authoritah" can get you even further if you really want it to...;)
I think it's just a Six Flags thing, I'm telling you. I had no resistance taking pics of the Incredible Hulk coaster and DD at IOA whatsoever. I think someone should broach this subject with Six Flags execs and see what they have to say on the reasoning behind this. Maybe someone with some "ACE" pull.....
To those who were quoting from Robb Alvey's video.......that's exactly what prompted me to post this subject. It reminded me that I had heard of such incidents before. ;)
*** This post was edited by Lallen on 5/15/2002. ***
Parks provide wonderful places for us to ride, they're not photo studios, they have no obligation to provide people with the oppurtuntities to photograph their stuff. Like I said earlier, there are some who have ruined it for the responsible ones.
I enjoy photographing what I photograph, & if they ever come over & tell me ANYWHERE to stop what I'm doing, that's pretty much it. I did pay for park admission, therefore I am agreeing to certain things, & I shouldn't think that I shouldn't listen to whoever tells me to stop. They work there, I don't, I'm not gonna go through & analyze the rules on the situation. When people know better than taking cameras ON the rides, LOL, there will hardly ever be instinces of this.
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