It's easy for me to say Web-based everything is better because I have an iPhone, but I don't think this kind of access is particularly rare anymore.
Your point is correct though, Jeff, not everybody pays for it but I'll take it even farther - most people probably don't even know their phone has the ability and even if they do know they don't know how to access it.
In other news I've held off on the iphone until now but come July I look forward to checking my work mail and news reader in the line for every coaster I wait for. :)
RatherGoodBear said:BTW Gonch,I don't know if your thread title was supposed to be a Who reference, but that was the first thing I thought of when I read it.
The Who indeed rocked...hard. My first thought as well... :)
By the way, I am what many of my friends might call "technology-resistant" (at least they're nice and don't do it to my face, hehe). This is clearly one of those times where "the people who attend theme parks" are the ones who likely have the capacity to make good use of the enhanced information. Excellent for Hershey, and their guests.
Also, for example, if Fahrenheit were to close suddenly, Twitter would inform me instantly. For this system, I would have to just happen to check the internet at that time.
I prefer Twitter...
Unless I know I'll be in a larger group that will separate in the park and need to come together at some time, I might just leave my phone in the car.
As far as rides go, I check the old fashioned way. I hear Great bear growling. Yep it's running. I haven't noticed any trains go over the top hat lately. Storm Runner must be down. ;)
Great Bear: 30 minute wait, 2 trains
I have web access on my iPhone and its changed the way I use my computer at home. I am rarely at my desk. I am at a coffee shop, on the couch, in the backyard etc doing the same things I normally would do at my iMac stuck at my desk.
Granted, iPhone access != regular phone access.
I think Verizon wants to charge me $30/month for web access. Which will probably be closer to $35 by the time they add the accessibility charges, taxes, etc.
There's full fledged web and email access which would require a data plan what you're talking about, along with a PDA type device. There's also mobile web which most phones can access that is something like $10 for a month or $1 a day last time I checked. It's been a while.
As far as rides go, I check the old fashioned way. I hear Great bear growling. Yep it's running. I haven't noticed any trains go over the top hat lately. Storm Runner must be down.
Sounds good on paper. I mean, I can still write you a letter, send it via the USPS and wait until you get it and reply in the same way...
...or I can just email you. ;)
Today I used the new Flash Pass. Having wait times and ride status at my finger tips was invaluable as to deciding how to approach and navigate the park...because it's hard to hear Medusa roaring from anywhere from the back corner of the park and it's hard to see Batman zip through any of its layout from anywhere but that corner of the park.
Knowing the status of the major rides from anywhere at any time doesn't suck. :)
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