Ride Time VS. Wait Time

Friday, September 8, 2000 5:45 PM
I was thinking about this the other day. I figured I'd share my thoughts. Suppose a ride on a coaster is two minutes. You wait 20 minutes to get on. Thats a 1000% time differance from ride time and waiting times! I'm not the greatest mathamatician but here's how I came up with it. Ride time is 2 minutes. You wait in line for 2 minutes thats equal to 100% of the ride time. A four minuet wait would be 200%. Am I off my rocker or is that some serious waiting times!

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Friday, September 8, 2000 8:23 PM
I forget now who it was, but some years ago, a rec.roller-coaster correspondent from the UK referred in his trip reports to what he called, the "Queue-to-Ride Ratio" or "QRR". I thought it a rather interesting measurement. Obviously a smaller QRR is better; to get the QRR smaller requires either a longer ride or a shorter line.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Saturday, September 9, 2000 9:42 PM
I've oftn thought how interesting this is. The idea that we pay a considerable amount of money to enter a park. From that point on, our day is full of a couple of minutes of intense thrills followed by a much longer time of relative dullness. I guess that's why one of my favorite coaster memories is the last two hours of a trip to WDW Magic Kingdom with my family many years ago. I'm sure we'd all agree that BTMR is not at all the world's most thrilling coaster, but, because we got to ride it again and again, without any of the relative dullness we were by then programmed to endure, it seemed like the best ride ever. That's probably why the Dueling Dragons are still among my absolute favorites, I'm almost guaranteed multiple rides whenever I go.
Jason T.
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