Guest behavior and ridiculous park policies

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:02 AM

I do that at the waterpark, except i hunt for locker keys. Rapids gives back the 5$ key deposit, the person who lost it doesn't have to pay the lost key fee, and i make $5 bucks. I can usually pay my locker that way, or even some of the park entry if its a busy day.

During coastermania i was getting rerides on Maggie, so not sure about the counting thing, but i did get about a dozen rides without moving.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 7:12 AM

Ok for all of those who were at Kennywood before Sky Rocket and rode the Turnpike. You are not allowed to be a single rider. We have 5 in our family and I love the ride and wanted to ride. Well 4 + 1 means I get a car myself but not. I (40 yrs old) had to ride with a park employee. I have never really understood that. Anyone ever really get a valid answer? This was when there were 10 people in line after us, not even a crowd.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 10:51 AM

No single rider policy on antique cars usually has to do with capacity and keeping the line moving... Why did you not split 3 and 2?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:23 AM

They wanted to ride together. Yeah got the capacity thing, but as I said 10 people in line, park dead. Cmon, no exceptions? So now a worker has to ride instead of being there to help out. And this was for me (adult) not a child. Still odd for that situation.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 1:24 PM

If there were only 10 people in line why didn't one of you just ride twice?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:23 PM

could have but that means we had to wait for first car to go and back and it is not a short ride (good feature). Just saying that with an adult and no crowd, I dont get it. Guess they are like scalpers, never break the rules. Quickest way to move line was for me to go and be done. Sort of like RCT, run the car 3/4 full and not wait for full train. The waiting takes longer.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:28 PM

If they made the exception for you they have to make an exception for all.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:45 PM

My point with the Scalper note. Still they can make in rules that if crowds are low/non-existant let this happen. Just think it is a little too anal but hey they can do as they want. I mean what if I was the only one in line.......Do I wait (forever)? Sort of like being stuck at a defective red light that does not change. Do you sit there forever?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:00 PM

RE the single rider on antique cars.

Okay... I can understand that it "usually has to do with capacity and keeping the line moving...", but how does a single rider and a PARK EMPLOYEE keep the line moving? I'd buy it if they tried to pack a single rider or two riders in the back seat... but a park employee going for a ride along doesn't make the line move faster.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:11 PM

Yep, my same thoughts

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:11 PM

I do not understand the employee ride along either... which is why I said usually.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:15 PM

oh just remembered, the cars are only 2 seaters, so we broke up the family into 2, 2, 1. So no way I could ride with another family member as it would have been then 1,2,2.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:45 PM

Now see that even makes less sense, because the park is eliminating a lot of odd numbered groups that way. Makes them seem "unfriendly" to me.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:47 PM

That makes even less sense. (the ride along I mean)

Last edited by SLFAKE, Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:47 PM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:50 PM

YoshiFan said:
A couple of years ago someone told me they were at some event with ERT and even during ERT they weren't allowed to re-ride.

They probably have a set policy but I think the ride operator is the one who dictates what happens. I was at a Buzz event on Maverick and if no one was in the line for your seat you could ride again and if someone was in line for your seat you could find an empty seat and ride (the way ERT should be IMO).

This weekend at an event at Kings Dominion the ride operator told us we could re-ride if no one was waiting but if someone was waiting you had to get up and walk all the way around. You were not allowed to find a empty seat and get on. This was just dumb. The I 305 train would leave with a bunch of seats empty.

Last edited by Zakkster, Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:52 PM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:57 PM

I am guessing that was the ACE event at KD. I was at the other event on Sunday. They were filling the train every time. If you had to get up, we exited the train on the right and went back through the gates.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 6:39 PM

I've never understood the Kennywood Turnpike rule. They had similar rules on the Grand Prix (bumper cars) and a "4 or 5 per boat" rule on the Log Jammer as well. After my group of three became a log of 5 heavy adults and our log actually *sank* I filed a complaint with the park and got a reply indicating that they wanted the boats full in order to reduce the space available for small children to slide around and get hurt. The following year the rule was changed. 8-)

At the same time, they also eliminated the "no singles" rule on the bumper cars. I always thought it interesting that Kennywood was the only park I had ever been to where on the bumper cars the safety belts were optional but the riding partners were mandatory. Now both are optional*.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

*for riders over 36" tall


Wednesday, August 25, 2010 9:25 PM

I just extra-ed up at the Gran Prix the other day. You have to be 46" to ride, and between 46" and 52" must have a partner and must wear a seatbelt. The partner is not required to be an adult, simply someone who is at least 46" as well. The ride's height requirement was described to me as, "if you want to crush dreams, this is the ride to do it."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 10:09 PM

DaveStroem said:
I am guessing that was the ACE event at KD. I was at the other event on Sunday. They were filling the train every time. If you had to get up, we exited the train on the right and went back through the gates.

I've been to plenty of ERT sessions, and is almost universally the policy followed. Way back in the day, I recall a zealous manager or two enforcing a "walk around" policy until someone higher up came along and corrected them. Leaving the station is for bathroom and soda breaks, LOL.

edit: it appears the weird italics thingy has returned....personally, I think it reads nicer....

P.S. It might go away if someone else uses italics tags in a post below this one. It worked once a few days ago.

Last edited by rollergator, Wednesday, August 25, 2010 10:11 PM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 10:43 PM

On another thought Dave, is it possible that the year the Log Jammer policy was changed was also the year that seat backs were added to the middle of the log?


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