Realistic services you wish theme parks would provide that have no chance of ever happening
Have you ever been at a theme park and thought of a service that would be great to have, but knew down deep it’s never going to happen?
Recently, some friends and I were walking past The World of Color viewing area. The show was starting in 15 minutes but we didn’t have reservations for any of the viewing areas. We asked a Cast Member named Dean to recommend a place to view the show under our circumstance. Dean did us a solid. He placed us in what I assume is an overflow standing area for companions of guests traveling in wheelchairs. I’d never been in such a fantastic place to see the show. There were fewer than a dozen people in the space that could have easily held another 20. As the lights went down all of people in our cozy little nook held up cellphones to record the show. One was even filming (I swear on my first edition copy of *Walt Disney's EPCOT Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow* by Richard R. Beard) on a Motorola RAZR MAXX VE flip phone; our perfect view now blocked by bright LCD screens.
That really long set up is the basis for this post. I want to pose a question to you all. What REALISTIC (that’s the key word in all of this) service do you wish was offered in your favorite theme park? Here is mine:
How great would it be if during the preshow announcements the usual, “Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, in just 15 minutes… blah-blah-blah…” announcement they also stated the following – “For the enjoyment of everyone, the show you are about to see has been professionally filmed and is available for you to view for free on our website anytime you wish. So we now invite you to put your cameras away and simply enjoy experiencing [the name of show] with your friends and loved one.”
I know that is NEVER going to happen, but wouldn’t it be great? Wouldn’t it be amazing to see people in the moment enjoying the show and not worrying about getting the shot? Sure, parents will always want to film their kid’s reactions to the show, but there wouldn’t be a need to capture the entire performance –thus wrecking the view – If the park provided and promoted official and professionally filmed versions of the spectaculars and parades on-line.
So – the topic is realistic and no-chance-in-hell-it-is-ever-going-to-happen services you wish the parks offered. What’s on your wish list?
Disney would charge you as part of PhotoPass, but having a free or paid professionally filmed version defeats the purpose of you coming to the show. Anyways, people will still film to document their own personal experiences. You can’t take that away from the guests.
You say that it is not reasonable...but why not...it would be super easy for them to do it...this seems to fall in the category of really good idea that I don't think they have thought through.
As long as we are just theorizing cool services...what about a food/drink delivery service for people standing in line waiting for a ride. I have been in my fair share of hour+ waits and would have gladly paid a fee to get lunch or a snack delivered. Something like Uber Eats for the people queueing for a ride.
I want to see more mobile ordering. Six Flags is working on the infrastructure and WDW already has it. I used it at Salu Canteen and it worked perfectly!
"Disney would charge you as part of PhotoPass, but having a free or paid professionally filmed version defeats the purpose of you coming to the show."
You already contradicted yourself. Touring companies may have a “bankable” product if they sell it, not if they give it away for free even if part of the ticket price. PhotoPass is not free ever, yet if Disney wanted to sell you a copy, it would have done so. Why doesn’t Disney sell you the live streaming videos of its parades? They are perfectly filmed. Most Disney television specials only give brief exerpts.
How did I contradict myself? Some acts sell audio and/or video of live performance to the audience while others give it away for free. It's bankable in that they CAN sell it if they choose. Some artists give it away for free, but that doesn't necessarily keep it from being a bankable product. Not only that, but the websites you have to go to to retrieve the free copy of the concert is occasionally ad-sponsored or requires you to provide your personal information to download, acting as a money-making venture for the artist. The fact remains that this is something that has existed in the industry for nearly a decade now (even longer if you consider the Grateful Dead used to support and promote "bootlegging" of their concerts long ago).
Just to clarify - my original intent was that the video available on-line would be a generic recording of the show. A professionally edited, multi camera, high quality sound capture of the entire show from start to finish. Not the specific show the guest is viewing at that moment, but the best possible version of it. It would be FREE to all. Not linked to PhotoPass. I frequently watch recorded versions of Disney show and even rides on YouTube. The availability of these has allowed me to not worry about filming on ride video or recording parades/shows/spectaculars. Why would I miss the "in the moment" experience when there are so many great recordings already available on YouTube. I get to focus completely on the show in front of me, and see a usually good version anytime I want on-line.
1. Run 3D rides and shows in 2D at scheduled times during the day. (Yes, parks can do this. I've walked through the Transformers ride in 2D during a Universal photo op for the press.)
“You must not go on YouTube very often Anton, because there are literally hundreds of videos of the various Disney shows and parades.”
"I think the only reason Disney doesn't integrate these into PhotoPass, is that the quality from Disney would have to exceed that of what a guest could get on their own, and the cost to produce those videos would have to be offset either by overall PhotoPass revenue or supported by a show-video upcharge."
Reasonable parking prices. Except maybe Disneyland, the cost and demand for parking does not justify the price. $5 is plenty for regional parks, $10 is enough for most the major theme parks. At they very least, stop raising prices for a few years. Keep raising prices on everything else, but stop trying to make a profit from people before they even get out of their car!
1) Single rider lines at Seaworld for the 3 coasters ....
- Keeping guests informed when an attraction eStops. Rather than 30 minutes of "Sorry folks, it appears there are some critters causing a little commotion up ahead..."
Now that paying to skip the line is pretty much everywhere, how about designing new rides with queues that work more like Disney's Fastpass lines, where you actually go to the front of the line instead of up the exit ramp. Just using the exit creates two-way traffic in an area designed to be one-way, causing a lot of congestion and a backed-up queue to exit the ride which slows down loading, restraint-checking and dispatch.
I live in the south so nice powerful fans in queues would be nice. For some reason no parks have them.
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