I know versus threads are against TOS, but i think this one is alright...
In alot of threads about six flags great adventure, I've seen people saying you need the QBOT gold rather than just the regular QBOT. I've looked on the QBOT website linked to the sixflags websites and i couldn't find anything about the QBOT gold. so my question is..
What is the difference between the regular QBOT and the QBOT gold?
well... after a little more searching, i found the information on the gold level. it says, "You will still have to wait, but you time will be reduced UP TO 75%"...
so the new question is, how does it determine the UP TO 75% reduced wait time? does anyone have any experience with this? do certain rides have a less percentage reduced wait time? any help is greatly appreciated! *** Edited 6/23/2005 1:34:25 AM UTC by BWizzle***
When me and my bro went to SFGadv 3 saturdays ago, the guy at the Qbot kiosk said that it all depends on a rides wait time. KK was still running then and sporting a four hour wait. A gold Qbot will have you wait an hour for KK. A regular Qbot just gives you the luxury of not standing in line, but not reduce the time you could come back to do a certain ride. That means if KK is on a 4 hour wait, then you'll come back in that time. If the ride breaks down, your time gets longer. We got the regular Qbot and scanned it for a 7:30 ride time. KK broke down twice and we got moved to 8:30. I suggest that you get 5 other people who is willing to spend $242 on a gold Qbot. The more people you have in your party that'll share, the more you save. If you buy it for yourself I believe its about $67. That's equivalent to a regular park admission, parking and a meal. Its not an issue if you got the cash to burn though.
I have a lot of good luck with the Gold Q-bot. Its worth it for those busy Saturday crowds. I never had to wait more then 20 minutes(Last season before Kingda Ka,)and I am waiting to go back until KK is running semi reliably.
If you have extra money it is well worth it. At least the way that I see it. I hate waiting in lines. Works like a charm for Nitro, Medusa, Superman, or any other ride that has a separate entrance for Q-bot users.
Q-Bot Gold is just another excuse to get more revenue into the park... and piss patrons who wait in the traditional line like real men do.
I don't get why one would pay so much for Q-Bot Gold when they STILL have to wait in line... it's like like the "1st class red carpet" treatment... you've still got the down-side on a very crowded & popular park.
Q-Bot was a good idea. CP's Freeway is even better because it's limited, free, & open to just about everyone... but this Gold thing is just not right. I bet in a couple of years... "Q-Bot Platnium" will be offering golf-cart rides up to the platform & you'll be carried into the front seat of the coaster while served a glass of champaign.
From my experiences Qbot Gold is gives about a 3/4 cut in wait times for rides. That estimate is compared to the sign at the start of the line, aka the estimated wait time for ride. If you got the extra cash and don't mind making people mad Gold is the way to go over regular Qbot. Regular Qbot your wait is the estimated wait time and you still may make people mad.
Now here's where I am going to get grief in this thread but I feel like it is warranted to be said here. Qbot does not affect people's wait times as much as some people want you to believe. The only effect is on the people in line who you pass if you got Gold Qbot. If you use Qbot for a ride, odds are you WOULD have got in line anyway so the people who get in line after you scan the qbot are NOT being affected.
If you are only going to SFGAdv one day you should definately spring for the GOLD BOT. If there is any wait time it is minimal, and alot of the time with Gold there is no wait at all, you just scan to reserve, Gold indicates it's time to ride immediately, and you scan to enter! Even with the regular Bot your wait time is less because the real line moves more slowly than the Bot wait time. If you are not shy about "cutting in line" (remember this is a NY/NJ crowd - I once saw an obscenity laced taunting and middle finger episode between a huge crowd waiting for Medusa and two girls who begged off the ride after sitting down due to minor mechanical issues with the floor), and you can afford to spend the extra 67 bucks, then Get Gold, otherwise you are going to be sweating your bwizzle off in huge lines.
Qbot does not affect people's wait times as much as some people want you to believe. The only effect is on the people in line who you pass if you got Gold Qbot. If you use Qbot for a ride, odds are you WOULD have got in line anyway so the people who get in line after you scan the qbot are NOT being affected.
I have never purchased or used a Qbot because I don't agree with paying to cut so I really don't know how they work, but it is my understanding that you can reserve more than one ride at a time. And you can ride other rides while you are waiting for your reservation. If this is the way that it works, how can you say that it does not increase the wait time? I know that the wait for BTR and Gadv was greatly increased because they would let the Qbot people load into the train then they would let everyone else on. It took a hell of a long time to load those trains.
I admit that I do use freeway. Do I agree with it? NO! Really the only ones that get to use it are CP regulars. Most people at the park dont know what it is and how to get it. I am always being asked what my hand staps are and how to get them. And then when I use them I am asked again how did I get them. I truely don't like getting in line for MF in front of some poor guy and his kids who have been standing in line in the hot sun for an hour and a half or longer who maybe only gets to the park once or twice a year. I will continue to use it because it is free and if I don't use it someone else will. I know I will get slamed for this but I really think that they should outlaw these "legallized" line jumping systems. Everyone should have to wait their turn.
Maybe that poor guy with the kids who has been standing in line should use Freeway. ;-) It's not exactly a secret.
Yes, you can reserve more than one ride on Qbot. Personally I loved it. It may not be for everyone but it worked out well for me and my friend. You are still "in line" but not physically there. It worked out well for Nitro, Medusa, and Chiller. In the meantime we went on less-crowded coasters, shopped, ate, etc.
Qbot is obviously popular, considering they sold out of them the day I was there. My only gripe is they COULD be a little smaller, as in something that can easily fit in your pocket. :-)
*** Edited 6/23/2005 9:43:55 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
You can't wait in more than one line and if you have to leave a line for any reason (restroom) you loose your spot, so why should you be able to wait in more than one line at a time with a Qbot? I just don't think that it is right.
And as for freeway, I would have to say maybe only 20-30% of the people know about it and how it works. Like I said, I am always being asked about the stamps and I am sure you get asked to Tina.
Now I found out the other day that they give it out in the morning if TTD or MF are not open. So if you are not a resort guest or a joe cool club you don't get a stamp for that ride. As a CP fanboy and joe cool club person, I just don't think that is right.
CP ismyhome- I totaly agree with you! I think that the "line cutting systems" are very convenient, but no matter how you put it, you are cutting in front of people and in turn making the line move slower. I definently prefer the traditional way of just having everyone wait in line. It makes the line move at a constant rate, and makes everyone wait the same amount of time for the same ride experience. I think that instead of installing new freeway, qbot, etc. systems at parks, they should use the money on making the actual waiting experience more enjoyable. More fans with those misting things,heck even benches in the queues will make it so much more enjoyable then simply being herded into a big sea of turnstiles.
From my experience with the regular QBOT at SFOG, you could scan more than one ride at a time, but the time for the second ride did not start until you had gotten off the first ride. so you actually still only "wait" in one line at a time.
BWizzie, the issue you have missed in your post is that people can virtually wait for a ride while at the same time they can actually wait for another ride, thus waiting for Two rides at the same time. This makes all lines in the park longer because people are waiting for Two or more rides for the same time it takes a non-line-jumper to wait in line for one
"No Sir, I don't like it", said Mr. Horse.
Didn't we all JUST have the discussion of pay-to-cut a few weeks ago? No one won THAT argument.