The system is called FreeWay (it's free) and this is how it works...
Outside of the entrance to MF and WT there is a stand with a FreeWay sign. There is a one-hour time slot posted that tells when you can come back and ride (ie: 4:00-5:00). You ask the employee working the booth for a stamp and you get branded with the name of the ride and the time you can ride. When you come back during that time period you flash your hand and enter a separate line. Once you get up near the entrance another employee will stamp over your original stamp with "Cedar Point" and that voids you from riding again. You then enter the main queue and wait the last 10-15 minutes with everyone else.
The park is allowing stamps for approximately 10% of the rides capacity for each hour right now. You also can only get one stamp at a time, although they wash off easily. You can see a picture of the booth here:
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Ugh....this doesn't sound good at all. Sounds an awful lot like Universal Studios 'Express' system. Wait 'till people start yelling at each other on crowded, hot days.
Then again, this is only for two rides in the park, as opposed to every ride @ CP. It might not be as bad. Hope I'm not there to find out...
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Meanwhile, Cedar Point's REAL queue management system just keeps chugging away, pumping people through the coasters at unheard of rates. I hear Wicked Twister was doing close to 800 PPH on opening day, which is better than Wildcat.
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Translation: On a busy Saturday, they'll be taking reservations for 3:30 - 4:00 at 1:00 and by 3:00 they'll be out of reservations for the day.
The problem: Customer perception. Expectations are raised to new heights, then they aren't met. Without queue management, people would have fully expected to wait two hours. Now they won't want to wait at all.
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Depends, but certains rides have a very high percentage, its based on the PPH of the ride and number of trains, cars, boats running. For example, Big Thunder a Disneyland Paris gives out 50% of its capacity in Fast Pass, which means for every 5 minutes time slot, its gave 102 tickets. If they gave out 102 tickets, the computer jumps to the next time slot (5 minutes later). Peter Pan and BTM always ran out of FP by 1-2 pm, since they are so popular and Peter Pan has "poor" capacity (still 900... but, its not enough for a major attraction). On the other hand, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril never ran out of tickets... since the people don't tend to reride it!
Space Mountain, at 5 trains running gives out 132 tickets by 5 minutes time slot. Its 80% of capacity here. The thing is... even on busy days, we never gave out 132 tickets per 5 minutes! Management calculated that with 5 FP distributors, its was impossible to do so, so I heard they recently added a sixth machine, giving the maximum number possible.
P.S.: I agree that FP is not fair for certain rides, but for Space Mountain, both waits usually evened out (you came back 40 minutes later with FP).
*** This post was edited by Absimilliard on 5/10/2002. ***
WT was getting close to 1000 not 800 on opening day. 960 PPH by my calculations. The free way system was great if you ask me got me on MF in 15 mins.
Well by an ATL's "calculations" (read: actually looking at the turnstyle numbers) Wicked Twister didn't see more than 800pph on opening day.
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