I thought I was the only one who liked the "pay-to-play" systems better than the "first come / first served and too bad for you if you arrive later in the day" type of system.
Totally serious. Dig up some of the virtual queue debates, I'm in most of them pretty heavily.
I actually believe the electronic pay systems are more fair than the first come, first serve in that they're available equally to everyone. The first-come systems are only available to folks who happen to be at the right place at the right time. In addition, the electronic systems account for wait times and keep it as fair as possible, the first-come systems simply account for X number of riders (in best case scenarios) and then simply let them cut into line at a specified time.
It's no contest - get rid of all the freebie systems and move to q-bot style pay-to-play virtual queue. I'd be pleased as punch.
CP does have a "Super Gold Q-bot"-VIP type thing going now Lord Gonchar. For $1,500 you and five of your best friends will have a tour guide and no waiting in any line. That's only $250 a person! It is ment for celebrities but at $250, it really is not too far out of reach.
I actually believe the electronic pay systems are more fair than the first come, first serve in that they're available equally to everyone. The first-come systems are only available to folks who happen to be at the right place at the right time. .
My thoughts exactly. Durning my one (and so far only) visit to CP, I could have bought a q-bot or the like, but because I arrived at 5pm (because of the travel schedule we were doing) and their Freeway passes having long since been all handed out, had the park been crowded, I would have been [poop] out of luck.
As it was though it wasn't an issue as the lines were reasonable. *** Edited 8/16/2005 6:29:51 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
I can only say that when I was at SFNE a couple weeks ago, it *seemed* like there were about 5-6K bots in use....not too bad for most of the rides, but with Mr. Six, it was pure....pandemonium. Single riders, q-botters, handicapped access, and regular guests all merged right up the one ramp, and caused an *enormous* amount of havoc...I waited about 15 minutes behind ONE other person in the single-rider line...ended up riding with an ACEr family that was *botting* their way around the park. Can't see why they'd limit the number of bots in use, what better way to advertise them? ;)