Millennium Force ticket system met with extreme prejudice

Posted Saturday, June 24, 2000 6:15 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Yesterday Cedar Point initiated an experiment with a "ticket to ride" system that would, in theory anyway, reduce wait times for Millennium Force while increasing ridership on other rides.

So far, the system has only caused confusion, anger and irritation on behalf of guests. Instead of going in to more detail, read this thread in the CP Place forum on our sister site to see the reaction of members. There was opposition before it happened, and the reactions since have been less than kind.

One thing that stands out is the comment a park operations employee made to one of the members, "We had to do something, no one was riding the other rides." What? Average waits for The Force have been 90 minutes at the most since deploying three-train operation, which equates to roughly 2,000 people in line. An average day at the park might pull in 35,000 people. So what are the other 33,000 people doing? My guess is that they're spread out among the park's 67 other rides, as well as eating, watching shows and using the little enthusiasts room. Having capacity that's too good is a nice problem to have.

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Sunday, June 25, 2000 9:12 AM
If they didn't want all the people in line why did they make the queue so long then? When I was there Magnum had a 1/2 hour wait, Raptor and Mantis had at least an hour wait. Mean Streak, Corkscrew, Gemini, Iron Dragon, Mine Ride, and D.T. all had about 20 minutes waits or so.

Parks hit for 2000!
Sunday, June 25, 2000 7:39 PM
Exactly coasterpunk and jeff. People were in line for the other rides. I have been there enough to know. The lines were shorter by a little than MF but still on average 45 minute to 1 hour waites for all rides except MF. (raptor, magnum, mantis and a tad shorter for smaller rides)

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Sunday, June 25, 2000 8:53 PM
No kidding. Even on Opening Weekend when the wait was 3 hours all day, I still had a respectible wait for everything else. Even MS (a usual walkon) made me wait about 20 mins. In fact, I didn't get one walkon all day.....Well, except Blue Streak at the end of the day. In which I got 5 walk ons. Or should I say "Hurry up and run before that train leaves" run ons. :D
aIrtIme'S ovErRaTed..
Thursday, June 29, 2000 11:06 AM
Wow! Im glad I went to Cedar Point when I did. I got on it 5 times. I think this ticket system is stuipd. My brother and I waited for about 1 hour and a half to ride it. What is so bad about WAITING that long. Sorry people, this ride is not a 30 minute wait, what do you expect.. IT is the TALLEST FASTEST roller coaster in the WORLD. Im lucky I didnt wait 3 hours for it. PEOPLE go on it in the morning and around 3:00 to the park's closing. Never get in line for it around NOON!!!
Monday, July 3, 2000 7:33 PM
im glad they do this now. when i went there was no system i had to wait in line it stunk.
Monday, July 3, 2000 11:05 PM
There is no need to go through the hassle of getting another ticket to ride especially if u are paying 38 bucks a pop to get into the park. People should be allowed after all to ride whenever they want.

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