Single Rider Lines

Monday, July 21, 2003 12:17 PM
Why don't more coasters have this option? I hate waiting in line and watching half the coaster go empty.

I understand that a lot of lines might not be set up for it, but most have a handicapped entrance that I am sure could be used for this purpose.

Any thoughts or information on this?

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Monday, July 21, 2003 12:24 PM
I like the Idea , and I think that this will be nearly everywhere in 5 years or so. I got to ride Spiderman at IOA four times in one day with three-to-five minute waits each time. It's a very good Idea.

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Monday, July 21, 2003 12:46 PM
I think they're a great idea, but since the idea's fairly new, I doubt if any park wants to retrofit the lines.

I would never use them, anyway, because I like to be able to pick the seat I want.

Nice screen name, btw. TMBG rules.

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Monday, July 21, 2003 12:51 PM
I'm a single rider, and I'd love to see more of them. It sure beats dashing down the line when they call for a single rider.
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Monday, July 21, 2003 12:51 PM
Well, I wouldn't use them all the time...but there are some rides that I would love to go on again after I've ridden in my choice seats.

Yes, TMBG are awesome. The only problem is every concert I go to I always get stuck between a 13 year old boy and an older scary guy with 900 Weird Al pins on his trenchcoat. I guess these are sacrifices I need to make to get first row.

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Monday, July 21, 2003 1:03 PM
I have been to several parks by myself, and I would have been extremely pleased if they had single rider lines. Most of the time when I'm out-of-state coastering, and alone, I am attempting to "squeeze in" the park visit anyway. Being able to get many multiple rides with minimal waits would have been awesome, and a great time saver.
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Monday, July 21, 2003 1:24 PM
The best part of the single riders' lines (*we* have 'em)....guests waiting in line see FULL trains exiting the station....makes a WAY bigger difference than you might think...queues aren't always about the wait, a lot of times it's the *perceived wait*...empty seats make the wait SEEM longer....;)

Why won't more parks use them...they hurt the "need" for FastPass/Fastlane/LoQ systems....;)
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Monday, July 21, 2003 1:33 PM
If I'm doing the single rider thing, I honestly don't want to seat by anyone. I would much rather sit by myself. Many times, I have turned down filling empty seats and cringe when someone walks through the gates between me to sit in the seat beside me. Sometimes, I'll even quickly sit down on the side by the gates so no one can come in from that direction.

There was this one time, though, on the Texas Giant that a little kid sat in the seat beside me. He was really excited about riding and said he had ridden it 2 times before. I asked him if he holds his hands up during the ride and he said no. When we got to the top of the lift, I put my hands up as usual. Well when we got to the MCBR, he said he was going to put his hands up, too. He didn't keep them up long, but they did stay up during the drop off of the MCBR (easily the best drop on the ride). :)

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Monday, July 21, 2003 1:33 PM
I wish there were more parks doing special lines or at the very least checking to fill the cars when single riders present themselves.

With small children to take turns watching over my husband and I always end up riding single. I always try to find the odd numbered group and get with another single rider even if the ride ops are not pushing it. My husband on the other hand is not near as aggressive as I and will often ride alone if not made to pair up by the ride ops.

I find it a great deal of fun!! I have a vast mental collection of all the different sorts folks I have shared a coaster ride with over the years since we became parents. Quite possibly some of you <g>

Its sad, many times this year I have seen many empty seats on coasters at CP and other parks because they had no set up to fill in the singles.

Single riders form a line here<g>

Pamala

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Monday, July 21, 2003 2:06 PM
Yeah hulk had a 3hr line and we just went as single riders and got 4 rides in ....in about 10mins....I wish CP did this
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Monday, July 21, 2003 2:17 PM
You say that the single rider lines will cut down on the speedpass / fastpass / etc. Why don't they just upcharge those too then?
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Monday, July 21, 2003 2:21 PM

onceler said:
You say that the single rider lines will cut down on the speedpass / fastpass / etc. Why don't they just upcharge those too then?

I don't think that single rider lines will cut down on the speedpass/fastpass systems....an example that comes to mind is TEst Track at EPCOT.......the lines are always long for regular, single rider, and fastpass

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Monday, July 21, 2003 2:35 PM
I doubt if Fastpass type systems would have any affect with the single rider lines. There are still plenty of odd numbered groups who use the Fastpasses, right? Groups of 3 or 5 are what cause the random empty seats, not the use or non-use of Fastpasses.

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SCREAM with me... in 2003!

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Monday, July 21, 2003 2:39 PM
Single rider entrances ROCK. Too bad they didn't come up with this years ago. :-)

-Tina

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And this one time in band camp........

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Monday, July 21, 2003 3:22 PM
Single rider lines rule. I usually fly solo at parks and it is kind of annoying to see empty seats on trains and I always wish my butt could be filling them. More parks need to pick up on this and not just disney and universal.

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Monday, July 21, 2003 3:22 PM

I find it a great deal of fun!! I have a vast mental collection of all the different sorts folks I have shared a coaster ride with over the years

I agree! The best part about single-riding is the people you meet :) From a 68-year old special-needs bus driver to someone riding for the first time, it's twice as much fun when you have someone interesting with whom to talk

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Monday, July 21, 2003 4:08 PM
Most people in the quee line will let a single rider cut in front of them if they see a single empty seat on the coaster. Dedicating single lines for single riders would mean the rider will not have have a choice of where to sit.
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Monday, July 21, 2003 4:29 PM
Do they require a blood test? ;)
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Monday, July 21, 2003 4:31 PM
PCarowinds had a single rider line for Vortex at the beginning of the year that worked very well but it has since been removed. (and the useless extra staircase still stands!)
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Monday, July 21, 2003 4:46 PM
I think the reason that the single rider line phenomenon took so long to materialize was that, for decades, it seemed as if most coasters sat two across. Now that you have the 4-seat B&Ms all over the place, it makes it more likely that you're going to have single seat openings.

The ideal single-rider situation tends to be a ride that sits 3-across. Think Test Track at EPCOT or Men in Black at USF. Even the Blizzard Beach chairlift has a single-riders line because those puppies seat three.

But what's hurting the singler rider lines is the explosion of FastPass lines. Most rides weren't built for two seperate queues, much less the three that are required if you want the regular standby line, the express line and the single riders one.

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