Honestly, if Six Flags charged $40 to get into the park, while charging $10 per ride I'd have little issue with it. ($15 for parking is a bit much) The business end of it may sound stupid, but at least its up front and ethically sound.
For me it just sucks watching people cut ahead, and it sucks worse cutting ahead based on some finacial advantage. I am well aware of the have and have not realities of the world, it's just that parks aren't places where I need to have that reality rubbed in my face everytime I wait in line. Its about having fun, right?
I fit this in because I really do believe parks that use some sort of Q-Bot don't run rides efficiantly because there is no longer a financial incentive to do so. He asked the question so I gave my opinion. And from a business perspective I agree with RavenTTD that Q-Bots are a big mistake. In the long run those parks are going to loose their fan base because most agree poorly run rides and poorly run parks suck.
And no, I don't know how to make the smiley faces you guys are using... *** Edited 10/6/2006 5:37:30 AM UTC by rc-madness***
All parks are guilty of running at less than capacity at some times and it almost always has to do with money. (wear and tear, staffing, associated operational costs)
If there's any chain out there that needs to worry about money, it's Six Flags. :)
Let's wait and see what Dollywood does once they make the jump to using the Q-bots on rides instead of just shows...or until SF gets their operations up to par.
(but I'm betting on Dollywood happening first)
If you make the wait in the normal queue longer by running only one train then that action serves as the incentive to the guest to buy the fastlane passes as a means of by passing the line it's as simple as that.
At least RCT is teaching the kids of the world something.
As for my opinion, I hate 1-train ops with a passion. I have an hour and 45 min of my life - BORG opening year at Carowinds - that I want back. *** Edited 10/7/2006 8:23:41 AM UTC by Vincent Greene***
Disneys fast pass has a limit too. On some of the popular rides when their are emh if you are not their for them you might find no more fast passes left.
Disneys has no ride problems with this kind of system.
It takes staff and money to adjust to shifting demands for rider capacity, and Six Flags doesn't have it. All I'm saying is SF can't afford to focus on ride efficency as much as other parks which is why Q-Bots makes sense for them. Parks offering ways to pay for shorter lines is a symptom of poorly run rides, and poorly run parks. Such services aren't neccessary in parks that run well. *** Edited 10/8/2006 3:25:31 AM UTC by rc-madness***
...So they can actually have the most popular coaster at SFStL open at least for Fright Fest
Ride of Steel said:As far as I'm concerned there should be multiple train operation at ALL times unless there are absolutely no people in the station and trains are being sent out with barely anyone in them or there are maintenance issues.
You just answered you're own question my friend. These are the most common reason for a park to run single train op.
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