SFGAdv's "Fast Lane"...NOT!!

Thursday, April 12, 2001 2:43 AM
This past Monday I tried the Fast Lane (with ticket) for Nitro. They claim there's "no waiting" now with Fast Lane. Hmmmmmmm, am I the only one who experienced a very long wait? Sometimes it's faster to just wait on the regular line as 36 people at a shot board and go, as opposed to only two, three, or four with the Fast Lane. We waited almost 1/2 hour! The next ride we took was from the regular line and were on in ten minutes!!! How is this supposed to be fast? Another BIG pet peeve of mine is, while waiting on the Fast Lane line, 7 people who didn't speak English kept squeezing past me to catch up with their friends. It was extremely hot and I was getting sun stroke and they just walked up and got on in a few minutes. Later a miracle happened and they were speaking English just fine, only when they were being questioned about line cutting would they forget how. I'm sure this will be removed from the thread but it shouldn't be because it concerns us all and I didn't pick on any particular race (I'm not that type). I don't care if they were Mr. B and Mr. M themselves...don't cut in!
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Thursday, April 12, 2001 3:11 AM
You have to be smart when using that sort of thing. If the crowds are not big...use the standby line. Use FastLane when the standby line is 45 minutes to an hour.

Jman
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Thursday, April 12, 2001 6:06 AM
Maybe I missed seeing it somewhere, but how does this Fast Lane work at SFGAdv? Where does one get these tickets, and are the tickets for designated times like at some Disney parks?
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Thursday, April 12, 2001 7:57 AM

sgonda said:
"7 people who didn't speak English kept squeezing past me to catch up with their friends. ... Later a miracle happened and they were speaking English just fine, only when they were being questioned about line cutting would they forget how. ... I don't care if they were Mr. B and Mr. M themselves...don't cut in!"


Same kind of thing happens at SFGAm all the time. We just don't let them past and get in thier way, and sometimes there are line watchers somewhere nearby, and a couple times we got these groups thrown out because they saw the whole thing. It's funny. I also see the exact opposite happen. A lot of times they will just stand there, blocking the entrance to a ride (and unfortunatly, a lot of the time it's Viper) and they won't move. When that happens, we just go right past them. But if your with a group of people when they try to cut, just get in thier way, stand side by side in the narrow line if you have to.

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V2, Deja Vu... how can it be better? Add Viper! Oh, wait. It's already there!
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Thursday, April 12, 2001 8:20 AM
A line watcher, hm where do I sign up for that job. I never knew SFGAm actually paid people for the description of a line watcher. I have heard of security guards watching lines, but not a line watcher! ;)

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The Raging Bull #1!!
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Thursday, April 12, 2001 8:46 AM
I've had no problems with Fast Pass so far this year. You should take advantage of Fast Pass when there are typical Gadv crowds especailly during the summer time. Like Jman said, this promgram works best when waits reach maybe more than a hour. There shoudln't of been a long wait though that you experienced. Waiting more than half a hour seems too long for Fast Pass. Give it another try next time you hit the park.
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Thursday, April 12, 2001 8:56 AM
the Fast pass system goes slow because only one row is reserved for it. In the summer it is a rediculous wait (20-40 min) for fastpass, but it pays because most of the exits are enclosed so it stays cool. Why were you using Fastpass on a day like that? Nitro lines go extreemly fast, and I was there on hasidic day, so it was packed. The trains are dispatched so frequently, the line only stops for about a minute then keeps going. Do yourself a favor, wear sunblock and wait in line, until the summer crowds anyway...
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Thursday, April 12, 2001 9:04 AM
I really don't think i'll ever go for fast pass unless i'm pressed for time at the park.I would rather wait in long lines and pick my own seat when i have the time to do so :)

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Rickyswmn
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Thursday, April 12, 2001 1:14 PM
Okay, someone please explain to me what exactly fast pass is. And don't quote that blurb from the six flags site because that doesn't really say much about what it actually is.
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Friday, April 13, 2001 1:28 PM
The problem with these "virtual queuing" systems is that they aren't effectively cutting any wait time. Disney seems to be the only place where this system is working effectively with a network of "printers" handing out a specific amount of passes and keeping the special entry lines down without the need for people to go up through the exit.
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Saturday, April 14, 2001 6:20 AM
I absolutely loved Lo-Q at Six Flags Over Georgia. I was able to ride a lot more than I would have by waiting in line. Most of the time it told me to come back in 10-20 minutes.

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"I traded my soul for a ride on Millennium Force"
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