Italian Job riders face roadblocks at PKI

Posted Saturday, May 28, 2005 11:44 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Visitors interested in the new ride should go immediately to the Italian Job entrance and being issued that day, says Jeff Siebert, park spokesman. Park visitors Sunday were surprised to learn by midafternoon that they couldn't get on the red, white and blue replica Mini-Coopers zooming through six scenes based on the 2003 movie. To limit waiting in line, park employees issued time-specific ride tickets for the premiere weekend. All tickets were distributed by 3 p.m., visitors inquiring after that were told.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005 2:17 PM
It's not the first time it has happened for a ride.... And I like when they do it.
Saturday, May 28, 2005 4:33 PM
Like it? It SUCKS! Especially when they limit the number of tickets. I've seen numerous line jumping where people denied a ticket went over to the Rivertown path and hopped into the queue house.
Saturday, May 28, 2005 4:37 PM
It keeps the lines to a constant size all day long. yeah they're gonna have maxs for the tickets. I'd rather wait in a consistent 2 hr line than one that has just become 6 hrs. If they max out their tickets and you don't get one, too bad. That's just how it is. Grow up and go ride the other great rides that PKI has to offer.

As for line jumping, don't be a whimp. Point them out to an employee. You know it's wrong, don't let it happen.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 5:09 PM
If there is an employee within range, I do point it out. But by the time I find one most of the time, they've blended into the queue and it's too late.

IJ's "Official" opening is this weekend for memorial day. It ran in Technical Rehearsals weekends from April 29-May 15, Media Day May 19, then more Tech Rehearsals from the 20th through yesterday.

Sunday, May 29, 2005 7:17 AM
eightdotthree's avatar They are going to end pissing off even more people by denying them a ride than if they were to give them a chance to wait in a long line.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 2:34 PM
This is one of the stupidest queue control systems a park can implement. Cedar Point used this prior to the FreeWay system and it was a disaster. If people want to wait for a ride (no matter how long the wait) let them! Who is the park to tell guests when they are and aren't allowing to wait for a ride. One of the many perks of going to an amusement park is the ability of being spontaneous and when you start taking that away from people the results can get ugly. It's simply a bad system especially when the number of tickets are limited. How is this type of system fair to season pass holders who show up for an evening of fun only to find out that they aren't allowed to ride the new attraction? I bet the number of complaints in guest services at least triples.

I can't fathom how the many flaws to this system got past their research people, especially after there was an identical system and failure at Cedar Point just a few hours away.

Sunday, May 29, 2005 4:47 PM
The Mole's avatar CPgenius, it sounded like this is a temporary solution, as the que isn't as big as TTD, and with the breakdowns people still are waiting to ride. I say wait a month, they won't be using the system not because it sucks (it does) but because it was only meant for this weekend/break down times.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 7:10 PM
Maybe if they purchased a ride with a higher capacity they wouldn't have this problem. It's a shame because Italian Job is a fantastic coaster.
Monday, May 30, 2005 12:04 AM
I have one major gripe, arent amusements supposed to be for everyone, im sorry but limiting rides is so stupid it defies the reason people come in the first place, no you can't ride that is a stupid answer. You have to have a ticket, i thought that was dumb when i went. They did a shotty job of putting in ques that barely fits anybody. They should have built it facing the opposite way, they have a lot of grass on the coney mall side that would let more people in. If they decide to get rid of the ticket policy then what a nightmare its gonna be that is why they are doing it. People would flow all the way down the midways. Stupid design error in my opinion. The ride like i said numberous times before isnt for thrill seekers, it is a family oriented thing. So why not let whole families get on it!

One last thought shut it down for a few weeks and get the que fixed in the whole concrete area outside that could be an option as well. Get rid of the shop thing and run the exit next to the que that can be built on that concrete.*** This post was edited by MagnunBarrel 5/30/2005 12:06:16 AM ***

Monday, May 30, 2005 2:05 AM
it could be could be fastpass, working Fastpass is hell. At least this is temp for PKI.
Monday, May 30, 2005 1:07 PM
Ah! It is so nice to be able to ride a working IJST at your home park. Max wait with queue full to entrance approx 1.5 - 2.0 hours. Average wait less than 45 minutes. Three trains running... Which have been for the last two weeks. Come on up to Wonderland.


Monday, May 30, 2005 1:21 PM
To say nothing of legal drinking at 18 and your dollar being worth $1.33.

Oh, Canada......


Monday, May 30, 2005 8:50 PM
^ and a much less ignorant government/general public!
Tuesday, May 31, 2005 9:14 PM
I just got back from PKI. by 3PM, all tickets were OUT! i didn't get to ride. :-/

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