Personally I like the fact that they're limiting smoking on the midways. Unfortunately, 19 areas are way too many IMHO. Disneyland has the same policy but they only have five areas or so. With 19, you'll always be within sight of one of these areas. We'll see how this works in a few weeks I guess.
I am curious to see if all the designated areas are outside locations. It stands to reason.
PKI is seemingly geting a jump on the proposed smoking ban in Cincinnati, which from what I hear, will likely pass.
Lexington, KY is already smoke free and Louisville is pushing hard for a ban. If Louisville, KY... one of the smokiest cities in existence can pass the bill, then Cincy is pretty much a given.
No stereotyping intended... but PKI draws from so many outlying markets... WV, KY that tend to be heavy on smokers. That probably explains the reasoning behind so many initial designated smoking areas.
I too think that over time we may see that number dwindle.
ShiveringTim said: Personally I like the fact that they're limiting smoking on the midways. Unfortunately, 19 areas are way too many IMHO... With 19, you'll always be within sight of one of these areas.
Yes, God forbid my eyes shall fall upon the sight of the wretched smoke.
Seriously, who cares if you can see someone smoking across the way? I always thought that it was the smelling that bothered those easily-bothered folks.
Damn them for conveniencing both smokers and non-smokers alike. :)
My point wasn't about being able to see the smoking zones being a bad thing. It was that with that many you'll always be close to one, so many in fact that you'll probably always be able to see one no matter where your at in the park. With that many, what's the point of even going smoke free...unless the number of zones will be reduced over the next few years.
It seems that pretty much everyone in the area is going smoke free now. I know most of the food establishments are going smoke free also. Two of the Macaroni Grills (that use to have smoking in them have now gone non-smoking). Our new store we are opening up right in Mason is also being built smoke free (and yes, they still have a bar.) It seems all this "Smoke Free City" thing is starting to come up North. Columbus is coming very close, Akron is talking about it (places area already starting to modify), etc. Interesting moves.
Smoke free was passed in Columbus during the November election with it taking effect in January. Currently, however, many bar owners in the city are fighting City Hall, wanting a break on the law. They feel that it hurts their business. Some of our area suburbs have mimicked Columbus (some enacted the law before Columbus) while others are in the process of doing so.
Without getting into a big thing, I love the move by PKI. I just hope that it is enforced. No need to have such a rule if you don't enforce it. Good luck to the park. *** Edited 3/16/2005 6:11:29 PM UTC by OHIcOaster***
Den said: Let's see if the smoking areas work as well as the ones at Holiday World - which is not very well.
Really? You are actually the first person to complain about this. (And I get the emails, Comments Cards, letters, phone calls, etc. here at the park.)
We did have to occasionally remind folks to scoot into the Smoking Areas, but did *not* feel the new policy worked "not very well." We were surprised--and thrilled--at how well it worked and how happy it made our Guests.
We realized from the start that 100% compliance would not be feasible. But we got a lot closer than we'd expected.