shirtless in parks-how do you feel

Monday, April 26, 2004 1:09 PM
How do you guys feel about not wearing a shirt in parks? I think it looks classless and trashy, and going into the theme park management business, I was wondering how parks limit this, and what reasons they give if guests complain.
Monday, April 26, 2004 1:15 PM
If it was my park, I would not allow people to not wear shirts. (Nor would I give inflated basketballs as prizes...they would all come deflated) The sad part is 99% of the people who walk around places without shirts are those who SHOULD wear them. Grosses me out!
Monday, April 26, 2004 1:17 PM
Most major parks now you aren't even allowed to go on water rides with out shirts, and for good reason.

Mainly....there's lots of places for me to go to see shirtless men. An amusement park shouldn't be one of them. ;)

Monday, April 26, 2004 1:24 PM
one word - EW!
Monday, April 26, 2004 1:24 PM
Keep them on!

In one of my many trips to Cedar Point last year we actually saw two shirtless women. They did have bras on, and were trying to play it off as bathing suit tops. But anyone who is somewhat familiar with women's undergarments and bikini tops could easily tell the difference.

It was really trashy, two stereotypical biker looking women in thier late 30's in jeans and thier bras. Almost Gross.

Again, I say keep your shirts on!

(no offense meant to bikers here, as my mother-in-law rides, and I would too if I could afford a bike)

Monday, April 26, 2004 1:28 PM
On a visit to King's Island I was with a group of people. One of the girls in the group had ridden a water ride and her white t-shirt was completely and obviously see-through when we got off. I quickly offered her my t-shirt until her's dried off.

I was approached by a security guard and told I would have to put my shirt back on or leave the park. When I explained the situation we were told the girl would just have to deal with the embarassment or buy a park t-shirt.

I might be able to understand that IF the parks didn't let women walk around in just bikini tops that don't hide anything. What really is the big deal anyway? Ever been to a beach or over the the waterpark that most of these parks have anyway?

Shirts on for rides...that I understand.

Monday, April 26, 2004 1:30 PM
If you are "ripped" much like me then I have no problem with it, but if you resemble Joe Dirt or like stated before Shouka then HELL NO! Sad part is, it seems that the people who wear their shirts the least in parks are those that are proud of their investment (that would be their "expensive" beer belly).


Monday, April 26, 2004 1:35 PM
Sometimes I like to get a tan and such, but I am 18 and I doubt many people are "grossed out". Usually, I just wear a sleeveless shirt or a t-shirt though, unless I am at a waterpark.

I don't think I'm trashy. . .

Monday, April 26, 2004 1:38 PM
Yea I don't like it, it looks classless and I hate it when someone leaves sweat all over the seat Im about to sit on. Unless your in a water park keep your shirt on!
Monday, April 26, 2004 1:44 PM
When it gets hot at VF, there are tons of girls in bikini tops and there are 20 hot ones for every not so hot one, so I and let live people...let them be comfortable. ;)
Monday, April 26, 2004 2:12 PM
*wonders how many people just clicked on Swoosh's profile to get a look.... ;)* *** Edited 4/26/2004 6:12:50 PM UTC by Rampage***
Monday, April 26, 2004 2:15 PM
I made a topic like this about 4yrs ago when I made my first trip to Cedar Point.

TRY DOING A SEARCH!!!! ;) Just kiddin'... it's been awhile...

Anyway, I was always used to Six Flags Darien Lake's leignient policy where shirtless goes anywhere throughout the park. You see a lot of man-boobs, as well as the teens trying to show off their ripped abs.
I always thought of it as ok & acceptable, not because it turns me on (puh-lease), but because how many fat lards out there are proud to be showing off their kegger. I wouldn't think there'd be too many.

Then I went to Cedar Point in 2000 for the first time, and I saw that there were posted signs where nobody was allowed shirtless passed a certain point. I was a little floored and noticed everybody was obeying it.
It disappointed me a little because I had to put on a soaked shirt just so I could walk out of the park to change into a dry one instead of carrying the soaked shirt out... and putting it on made it a lil' chilly.

So I never saw it as being a problem...
There are lots of parks who don't give a rats behind... I think that being Six Flags properties & some indie parks... and there are those parks who won't allow it what-so-ever beyond their water park or desiginated areas.

*** Edited 4/26/2004 6:47:10 PM UTC by DawgByte II***

Monday, April 26, 2004 2:17 PM
Women topless, men shirts on! lol, j/k

Personally I think it shouldnt be allowed for sanitary reasons as well as to protect the vision for every living object on the planet. But then again you have to commend people who are of a larger stature to be comfortable go topless. Although, for the most part I think people should keep shirts on unless in the waterpark or on a ride that allows the shirt to be taken off.

Monday, April 26, 2004 2:24 PM
I think one should have to wear a shirt in a theme park!!! And if i owned a park i wouldnt let one enter a park with a shirt that has any obscenties written on it. People walking around without shirts or with obscene words on them detract from the fmaily atmosphere a park should have.
Monday, April 26, 2004 2:27 PM
Shirtless on a ride on a hot day: OUCH!!! ;) *** Edited 4/26/2004 6:29:12 PM UTC by Coasterjosh***
Monday, April 26, 2004 2:29 PM
If you do a search for "Pitt Designer SFWoA" in the Trip Reports forum, I made a trip report in I believe early '02 about shirtless people at SFWoA.

The situation I presented was that most of the people without shirts that day resembled bubble-gumballs bouncing down the midways, and when I once encountered a "ripped" guy without a shirt on coming from the waterpark, he was harshly told to put his shirt back on by a ride-op, and then laughed at by a woman who could barely walk her own massive gut down the midways, but felt the need to expose her bikini-clad body ... and of course, the woman walked past the same op without a word being said.

If its hot out, I don't see anything wrong with guys and girls (with some sort of sports bra or biniki top) without shirts on when its incredibly hot out. It's the same thing you'd see at a beach, and in Cedar Point's case, you can be in line for a ride and not be allowed to have your shirt off, but 50 feet away, no one one the beach has a shirt on. But I guess in the name of keeping some of the "less desirable" characters with their shirts on, everyone has to suffer the heat (and of course, buy drinks at $3 a pop ... )

Monday, April 26, 2004 2:31 PM
I say sneak in your own drinks in the shirt which you have to keep on.
Monday, April 26, 2004 2:32 PM
Being in Florida I take my family to the beach on a regular basis and the fact that there are men there without shirts on certainly doesn't "detract from the family atmosphere."

Ban vulgar language. THAT detracts from the family atmosphere.

Ban smoking. THAT detracts from the family atmosphere.

Ban $2.50 bottles of water. THAT detracts from the family atmosphere.

Monday, April 26, 2004 2:39 PM
I'd say there are two aspects - one is hygene.
I wouldn't want to get seated naked on a ride where all the other people have been sweating on - just for health reasons.

The other reason is aesthetic- do you want to see naked people around you? Are other people responsible for looking great in your opinion?
I sometimes think, Americans have some issue with 'nudity' - and I think this has to do with the puritan tradition of the society in the U.S. more than anything.
I agree, I'd prefer to look at naked bodies when they're shapely, and many people don't have that kind of body, but on the other hand, I think well - that's the way god - or whatever you think - created us, so what's the big deal about it?

I think the most important thing is that you have to feel well yourself.
What I experienced during my time in the U.S. is that people generally get naked for reasons of "provoking" something - I'd say, just come over here to Germany in the summer and see people undress just because they like it sitting around in parks, in sauna-lands etc. - not because they want to engross, have sex, provoke, or any other questionable reason.

Get naked, but do it responsibly!


Monday, April 26, 2004 2:46 PM
I know my opinion will be VERY unpopular here but being a libertarian I know my ideoligical ideas are always unpopular ;). I say if the park is gonna allow people to go around without shirts than EVERYONE should be able to go around without shirts and that includes women. I don't say that in the interest of gawking, I say that in the interest of women's rights.

That being said, I could care less who goes around without a shirt whether they be large or small or whatever size. Doesnt matter. The fat ugly ones have just as much right to go topless as the good looking thin ones. Our society is so preoccupied with how people look. It shouldn't matter. I would gather to say that most of you *****ing about people not looking good without shirts wouldnt look too great without one either. I myself wouldnt go without a shirt but I'm sure not gonna rail on someone that does go without no matter how they look.

EDIT: My man superman above stole my thunder :) He's got the right idea. *** Edited 4/26/2004 6:48:52 PM UTC by Kick The Sky***


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