Ouimet says virtual queuing has potential for Cedar Fair

Posted Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:04 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Kings Island’s parent company continues to study potential new attractions, including a virtual pass that could hold a person’s place in line, the new president of Sandusky-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. said Wednesday while visiting the park here. The visit was one of Matthew Ouimet’s first to Kings Island since Cedar Fair named him president on June 20.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 4:38 PM

Indulge me for a bit:

Jump in the Way Back machine to 2002. Would you believe we were debating Virtual Queue, pay to cut and so forth at that time? Well, maybe we weren't on this forum or maybe we were, but coaster enthusiasts on an itnernet forum somewhere were. For my April Fools Day post I posted a rather elaborately detailed press release and media kit for a fictional amusement rsoort. The jist of the press release? VIP Luxury Class service. Your post, Lord Gonchar made me remember it. Yes, it's WAY over the top parody, but given the fact we are going down the road to saying its OK to offer varying degrees of service at an amusement park based on how much you are willing to pay, it might be a fun, if long read.

Might I have been a bit ahead of my time?

(I'm also posting just the link so you can see that is indeed a 2002 era post)

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.roller-coaster/msg/b6371648e8a9999e?hl=en&&q=dave%27s+dominion+rec.roller-coaster

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:39 PM

Coasterville Dave said:
Indulge me for a bit:

Jump in the Way Back machine to 2002. Would you believe we were debating Virtual Queue, pay to cut and so forth at that time? Well, maybe we weren't on this forum or maybe we were, but coaster enthusiasts on an itnernet forum somewhere were.


Ok, so you piqued my curiosity.

The oldest threads I can find around here that mention 'virutal queue' are from July 2001. Ten years ago. We need a CoasterBuzz retrospective - A Decade Of Virtual Queue Discussion :)

July 1, 2001 - Virtual Queue systems as a BUSINESS decision (posted by GregLeg)

July 13, 2001 - Virtual queue systems on trial (a news entry)

November 6, 2001 - The future of parks. Your opinion counts! (posted by Shaggy)

Kind of quaint in hindsight. It'd be fun to really dig through the years and watch as the tone and opinions develop and form.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, July 20, 2011 5:40 PM
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 7:27 PM

When did CoasterBuzz hit the air? I KNOW you can find VQ discussion from 2000 over on PointBuzz; just look for "TTR"...

Also, a glance through "The Incredible Scream Machine" will reveal that Six Flags at least considered a VQ system for the American Eagle when it was new.

A virtual queue...for a RACING COASTER???

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:08 PM

I think I recognize the launch date as 1/31/00. There are definitely some 2000 threads that mention Ticket To Ride. Some of them even have corrupt posts in them (can't believe there are some of those left).

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 11:10 PM

RideMan said:


Also, a glance through "The Incredible Scream Machine" will reveal that Six Flags at least considered a VQ system for the American Eagle when it was new.

You mean Marriott? That ride had amazing capacity with 6 trains and buzz bars. Kinda like Gemini (before the seat belts).

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