What's wrong with this picture?

Wednesday, April 25, 2001 12:20 PM
Dutchman and I were musing about some things while driving yesterday . . .

. . . like whether a park could make more (or at least as much) money by selling more ride photos at slightly lesser prices, and

. . . why don't parks use a decent background or costumed character (or at PKI, just turn the folks around) when taking those in-the-front-gate papparazzi photos, and

. . . does anyone actually email a picture of themselve standing in front of the bathrooms at PKI (ok, this is a variation on the last one).

OK, I love pictures. I have rolls of film of parks that I can't afford to get developed. LOL! I would buy many, many more park pictures if (a) they were more affordable ($10 for a ride picture still seems high to me) or (b) the picture showed something I wanted (I bet a good background or character would double the number of gate photos sold).

So, the people who run these places aren't dumb. Why do they do this the way they do?
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 12:43 PM
You can send a quick video from the top of the Empire State Building. I think it would be cool to send a video of you on a coaster. They last about 2 minutes.

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Taller please!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 12:51 PM

Belmont Babe said:
. . . like whether a park could make more (or at least as much) money by selling more ride photos at slightly lesser prices,


I tend not to buy these anymore. Most of the time you can't tell what the ride is anyway and then it ends up buried in my closet somewhere. :)

I'd rather buy an overpriced t-shirt.

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"I'm going off the rails on a crazy train." - Ozzie Osbourne
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 2:05 PM
I never buy the on-ride photos because I don't think I take good pictures in the first place, and add to that going 50+ mph with the wind and G-forces... Yikes. Maybe for halloween, I guess... :)

I'd just like nice, professional photos of the rides themselves - some coasters are so beautiful! Of course, any coaster is beautiful...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 3:58 PM
Yes, they are dumb at times. It's the almighty dollar sweetie!

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Note to self. Move away from Downtown San Diego. Far away from the man who swears at 3AM at the top of his lungs!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2001 4:21 PM
I love on-ride photos because it's a still-photo of you and your buddy captured forever on paper (as opposed to maybe digital as a lot of people switch to that format).

This year, I am trying to finish my collection of all the on-ride photos at Cedar Point. I still need Mean Streak, Magnum, & Raptor.

I like it because it's a slice of life from the good ol' times. I don't like the prices... but a picture is worth a thousand words (not quite a thousand dollars though!).

Oh... and there are a lot of parks with good backgrounds. At Six Flags Darien Lake, they take you picture in front of the fountain, which is a great back-drop! Cedar Point kind of has you at an ok location with some bushes & flowers!
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