While boarding Batman we were stunned to hear the announcement that only shoes may be placed in the bin, any other item left behind will be "removed by security." As the lapbars were getting checked, an attendant discovered a hat had been placed in the bin. She then shouted for the owner of the hat, and would not allow the train to be dispatched until the owner claimed said item. I foresee this really slowing down the loading process. Capacity is certainly going to nosedive.
Crowds were very light and I didn't see a lot of backpack toting teens. I don't know what is going to happen during spring break as the lockers do not appear large enough to hold a backpack, and there are not enough lockers to hold backpacks if lines get over an hour (which they do during spring break). I'm not sure they will hold a basketball either, and they certainly won't hold a large stuffed animal. Those fun prizes that a guest has won have now become a liability.
This really won't affect me too much. Living 10 minutes from the park, I rarely carry any loose items with me. But I was proud of the fact that our park always seemed friendly and was one of the better-run parks in the chain. I think this new policy is an assault on guest services, and it makes the park look greedy. Barking messages over the PA system that your items will be removed by security is an insult to your guests--a ride station is not an airport terminal.
Some other things. The Giant did receive some track work but not nearly enough. Pieces of Shock Wave are still in the parking lot, as is all of Tony Hawk. The site doesn't look very far along, they haven't even poured the footings yet.
The employees are now sporting yellow-green dayglo polo shirts. As long as I can remember the employees have worn the colors of the Texas Flag. Some years they even had all six flags on the shirt. I know it's a minor detail, but it did enforce what little theming remains. I found the new shirts garish and unappealing--nothing screams Texas like lime-green dayglo.
I think Shapiro has some good ideas, but for the most part, I really don't think he knows what he is doing.
I agree that Shapiro has some good ideas, but from some of the reports that I've seen of this season already (of multiple parks), it appears that Six Flags is run by someone who still doesn't completely "get it".
*** Edited 3/3/2008 7:59:50 PM UTC by rablat5***
coastin' since 1985
How is it unsafe to have loose articles in line with you? Great Adventure of course hasn't opened yet but I know they have vending machines in line. So you can't take a cup of water or soda in line with you but they have no problem letting you buy a $3.50 bottle of soda from the vending machine ine line I bet.
What is someone supposed to do with a jacket or sweatshirt? Last April I was at Great Adventure and it was in the low 50's. On rides that were a tight fit like BTR (shorter belts than other B&M inverts as well as Medusa), I took off the sweatshirt and threw it in a cubby because it was more comfortable. Now I won't be able to do that and will either be cold while waiting in line and have to pay $1.00 for a locker or hope I can get the restraint buckled with the sweatshirt, as last time I was very borderline with getting it the seatbelt to buckle.
You have no idea how amazing my 2 weeks at Raptor would have been if there were lockers.
I actually asked to be moved from Raptor because I couldn't stand guests and their loose articles. I was sick of saying "put your crap in the bin" "What? What bin?" all day long.
I think that it is an excellent idea as long as the policy is being enforced at the entrance. There shouldn't be bins at all at Batman. If people have loose fitting shoes they should sit on them.
For those of you who have not been.The restroom update have not been done.The only new paint I saw was in the log flume (were the water goes). Thomas the tank engine is a dirt lot right now. The park was very empty no lines for any ride waited one train for front seat one time.The only line was trying to purchase an annual pass and a parking pass.
What a bunch of BS ticking your guest off and even though it might not be meant to be. It seems like another money grab.
I agree. As a former ride operator, NOTHING slows dispatches down like guests with lose articles.
True that! When I was working at Kali River Rapids at AK I would have to stop the turntable platform for almost every second raft due to guests mucking around with all their stuff in the storage area in the center. *** Edited 3/4/2008 2:52:50 AM UTC by CoasterKiwi***
The policy will work if: 1- there are good attendants at the entrance, and 2- you have good ride attendants on the platform watching what the guests on the platform are doing, and are spieling to guests. The example of the ride op yelling over the mic asking who the hat belonged to - should not have happened. The ride ops on the platform should have caught the guest before they put it on the bin and returned to their seat. Threatening guests with security over loose articles left behind is unacceptable, though. Guests should be told to sit on their sandals/loose-fitting shoes. NOTHING should be allowed to stay behind if loose articles aren't allowed in line.
And whoever said that they will be selling souvenir bottles in line, give me a break. They won't. Any moron will tell you that has disaster written all over it.
Give the ride ops a chance (more than opening weekend, please) to find their groove, and things will get better.
if it doesnt fit, u must push on it
the locker isnt mandatory. not bringing stuff into the station is.
Ha ha, exactly!
Richard Bannister said:
What is the policy on glasses, does anyone know?
I dunno?? You put them in your case and in your pocket when entering the queue, and then take them back out and put them back on while back in line?? How else would we be able to view Shapiro's flat-screen advertising while in line?!
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