Worlds of Fun sends text messages to guests

Posted Monday, July 25, 2005 9:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Worlds of Fun has launched what it claims to be the amusement park industry's first text messaging service for customers. "Text Connection" delivers up to 10 messages daily to the personal cell phones of park guests, with tips on live show times, short ride lines, and other park attractions and deals.

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Monday, July 25, 2005 9:14 AM
Jeff's avatar Very clever idea. Although it's one more reason people will wander the midways not paying attention and bump into you or spill your beverage.
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Monday, July 25, 2005 12:25 PM
I agree with you Jeff, it's an interesting idea, but I think people won't be paying attention to where they are going.

I wouldn't use it, however. I go to parks to get away from things like text messaging, and all the confusion of everyday life. It will be interesting to see what happens with this innovation.

- Josh

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Monday, July 25, 2005 12:28 PM
Jeff's avatar Amen to that. There are people that I work with that can't live without their Blackberry, and I specifically told them I would not take one under any circumstances. I don't want to be that available and I don't want to be that connected.

There are times where I would much prefer to just notice the grass growing and the sun moving through the sky.

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Monday, July 25, 2005 1:24 PM
Jeff- "I don't want to be that available and I don't want to be that connected."

Haha, I thought that was great. Its so true (for me anyways) I dont understand those sidekicks and those blackberries either. Half the people I see walking around with them don't even need to be "that connected" because the only people they are probably connecting with are there 21 year old friends debating which bar to go to tonight. A professional with a hectic schedule and always on the go, yeah then they are practical. But I am getting sidetracked. I really think this idea is clever but don't really see its use. I like the idea more than its practicality. I mean how bad do you REALLY need to go see that jazz show at the center stage.

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Monday, July 25, 2005 2:21 PM
Gemini's avatar I have a Blackberry. I don't think anyone would find me with my nose to the screen 24/7, but it does come in handy from time to time.
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Monday, July 25, 2005 3:14 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar You know, I recently stopped by SFGAm and they had a really great way of informing every guest in the park that a show was about to begin...

...by annoucing it over the loudspeakers.

Go figure. :)

Seriously though, it's a neat idea. The technology is here to stay and will only become more integrated and natural as time goes on. It's a cool way to use it now. I can only imagine what we'll have (and how it will be used at parks) in a decade or two.

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Monday, July 25, 2005 7:41 PM
How about they go on step further and add this feature to.... Q-Bots!

::runs from the anti-virtual queue gestapo::

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Thursday, July 28, 2005 2:47 AM
Sawblade5's avatar I like the funny comments about people bumping into each other, but you better watch out, because this is gonna be at all the CF parks including Cedar Point. So in the near future when you see people bomping into each other at CP you know that the park sent a text message.*** This post was edited by Sawblade5 7/28/2005 2:50:16 AM ***
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Saturday, July 30, 2005 1:44 PM
Disney's California Adventure tested this out with some guests about a year ago but I don't think any plans advanced from it.
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