Sunday, March 25, 2001 10:15 AM
This was my second opening day in a row that I have attended SFoG. Last year was a cool opening day while this year's was warm and the crowds were rather large due to a cheer off that was taken place at the park.
After a 196 miles, I was pulling off of I-20 towards SFoG. I was surprised to see a line of cars waiting in line to park and was really surprised when I saw about a billion cheerleaders running around. I soon found out that a cheer off was taken place at the park today. I was starting to think I should have went to Carowinds or PKD instead, but it was to late so I parked the truck and headed off to the front gate.
I decided this year to get a season pass since I was heading to SFA, SFKK, and SFWOA later in the year and for abit over $47 bucks, I could not pass it up. It took about 15 minutes to fly through the season pass proccessing center. I was pleased to step foot into a park sice it was late october since I was in one.
I asked a few Six Flag's team members were the Fastpass was at. Some did not even know what I was even talking about and some just asked me what it was. I decided to just go hunt it and found it near the Cyclone. It seems that noone had gotten one yet so I was the first.
The Q-bots were free this weekend since they were still testing them out and the only thing I had to do was fill out a survey at the end of the day. They need a deposit incase you do not bring them back so I did. I was told that only four rides were using Fastlane today (Cyclone, Batman, Mindbender, and Scorcher). The reason being only four is because it was new and what better way to test it than let people sample it to work bugs and things out.
I got a reservation on the cyclone and headed off to find a cup of coffee. I returned about three minutes before my time and waited around the exit till my Q-bot time cause you can not scan it till it is your time. I scanned it and the Q told me to enjoy the ride and up the exit I went.
I was moved to a special line and had to wait only one train for it was already loaded. I was ushered to the Q assigned car and out the station I went. I have to say that I enjoyed all six rides on the cyclone which were all fastlaned. There is some really great air on the Cyclone.
I walked around to the other coasters that were using Fastlane and got times. I checked some of the flat rides out while waiting for my assigned time to come up.
My next fastlane was the Scorcher and to my surprise the Q seats were on the back row. I looked at the line and guessed there was about 45 minute wait in line. I only had to wait about 30 minutes after I used the Q-bot to ride. I had only to wait one train before it was my turn to ride.
I moved on over to the Mindbender and Batman next. I took a break for lunch and was not going to pay five bucks for a plain hotdog and decided to just get an overpriced drink instead. I sit and watched while only one train was going on Ninja and wondering why anyone would stand in line to get a headache. I decided I would pass this trip on the Ninja and wait t ill it was using fastpass.
I also passed on the GASM and VIper due to the fact that about another billion cheerleader and their parents were there since the cheer off was taken place in that area. I decided to use fastpass on the four and watched them work on Deja Vu while I waited for my time to come up.
I left around 3 to head back to NC.
As for using fastlane, I have to say that Iwas pleased by it. I did not have to stand in a long line and wait. I just got my time and went to another ride while I waited.
They are planning to add up to 14 rides under the fastpass system before the start of summer. So expect other rides being added over the next few weeks and remember that there is still bugs in it, but it worked well for me on opening day.
*** This post was edited by Tornado on 3/25/2001. ***
Sunday, March 25, 2001 10:43 AM
I must admit, having no choice in where to sit will not "sit well" for this system. If all you want to do is ride and don't care where, I guess that's fine. I think Six Flags needs think, and think hard before doing this elsewhere.
Are the vertilal spiked sone yet on Deja Vu?
"X" marks the spot in 2001!
Sunday, March 25, 2001 3:45 PM
I agree that SF really needs to consider this idea more before they start implementing it elsewhere. It might be good for the person using it, but it SUCKS to be in line and watch those folks take up seats, especially front ones.
Tornado, did you get any "comments" from the regular line people when you used the pass? When people were using them in the B:TE line at SFoT there was plenty of yelling and remarks and such from irritated people who had been waiting considerably longer because of the system (not all directed at the users). Some groups tried to come up the regular line and get in the front seats from there, and needless to say that was a bad idea that never worked and subjected those folks to lots of sour looks. Anyone using the pass at the time had to be ready to take lots of heat and have the entire station crowd ticked off at them. It wasn't out of control, but I'd go as far as to say that if there's too many more situations like that SFoT will be dropping the idea altogether.
*** This post was edited by StandUpFan on 3/25/2001. ***
Tuesday, March 27, 2001 12:44 PM
Did you mean Astroworld? Astroworld is using a FastLane system right now, not SFOT.
I personally feel like if you are using a Fast Pass to get on a ride, you should sit wherever they tell you to - and you shouldn't be allowed in the very front or very back, which generally have the longest lines. I'm galled by how spoiled some park patrons act by complaining they weren't allowed to choose their seats when they used Fast Lane. Hello?! You got to hop on the ride with about a 5 minute wait while others had to wait in line nearly two hours! The folks waiting in line should have seating preference over pass holders. If you want the front seat, wait in line!
Tuesday, March 27, 2001 1:33 PM
Fierce Pancake: The only problem with that logic is that EVERY PERSON in the park has the option
to use the "fast lane" system. If they choose not to, that's tough beans for them. The person who uses the fast lane is waiting just as long, sometimes longer, for his time, just not IN the line. If that person wants the front or back, or whatever seat is the best on that coaster, then they should be able to get it.
I usually get upset when someone has an exit pass and chooses the front seat. THAT is cause for an uproar, but fastpass (or whatever it is being called) is different. It is equal opportunity.
"X" marks the spot in 2001!
Thursday, March 29, 2001 7:10 PM
As for the reaction of others who had been standing in line when I walked up to enter the line, I only had one person who was not to thrilled with the idea. After the rude comment and he found out what Fast Lane was, he asked were he could go and get it.
As for it sucking to see someone take up seats infront of people who have waited in line, I can only say that I had to wait from 30-50 minutes after making reservation to ride one of the fast lane rides. The only diffrence I see was while I waited for my time to come I rode the other rides while other waited inline. Just remember that Fast Lane is an optional.
I would say that if you plan on going than get there early cause they ran out of Q-bots early in the morning as word had got around about them. I only heard good things from the people who had used them.
Friday, March 30, 2001 11:46 AM
Fierce Pancake said:
"Did you mean Astroworld? Astroworld is using a FastLane system right now, not SFOT."
Yes, it was Astroworld. Someone already informed me of that but I had forgotten where the post was.