Happy Festivus! Now Air Your Theme Park Grievances
What made you mad/angry/frustrated about theme parks and the theme park industry in 2014? Now is the time for the airing of grievances!
I got nothing..... But I will reverse Festivus - I want to thank all of you folks here at TPI for making my work day more enjoyable..... (I read TPI while "Working")
I'll bite -- how about the MyDisneyExperience website ?
Six Flags Great America- I was frustrated twice this year by how late the park opens daily. An 11 am opening brings a massive traffic pileup that leads to more problems for those willing to get up early.
The huge crowds at the Walt Disney World parks throughout the year. Especially the Magic Kingdom which is not fun anymore, just one over priced and too crowded aggravation after another.
My only gripe was that I finally got to SoCal, went to Knotts and the Ghostrider was closed. (But then I discovered Boysenberry pie so I was totally fine)
Long Lines, and queue jumping systems
Nothing for me. My trip to Disneyland in September was a good one.
The lousy food and long lines at Cedar Point were a massive headache, but having fellow TPI regular and storyteller Jim Koehl at my side made everything better. So rather than complain I will just say, "thanks" to him and "Merry Christmas" to all!
Trying to do ANYTHING on Disney's websites -- from trying to find the Florida resident discounts on hotels (boy, do they bury that stuff... almost like they don't want you to find it... not that it makes much difference; jeez, it's just a hotel room, not a room at Buckingham Palace!) to trying to renew my mom's annual pass and having to make two phone calls to do it...after being told that the only way to renew it with the monthly payment system was online. ARRGGHHH!!!
^James, thanks for the compliment! I had a great time with you and your wonderful family. Just because you don't like perch doesn't mean that all the food is lousy! If you like perch- which most people on the north coast do- the perch sandwiches are terrific! Long lines- yes, on some rides- but I still think you rode TTD more times in one night than I have my entire life. It's all how you work the system.
Hmmmm... the perch was yucky. And there really wasn't anything else of note other than Elephant Ears, the local ice cream joint, Pink's, and Famous Dave's. I loved the ears and ice cream, Pink's was fun, and Dave's has good food, but come on, man, I can get drive five minutes to Famous Dave's near my house. For the flagship of the Cedar Fair franchise to have little or no unique, non-chain restaurant options was definitely a disappointment. And, it is something Matt Ouimet and Company will have to address in the years ahead.
Disney's theme park pricing is as high as ever. Food prices at all theme parks are as high as ever. Nonetheless, I keep getting lectured that the guests are getting such a value compared with sporting events or concerts. Please stop with the patronizing attitude that guests should just pay up because its worth it. However, if you do pay up, do it gladly or you'll just be a crank. How foolish are you really? Anyways, I do what I wish and let no one steer you wrong.
My top three theme park grievances of 2014:
We always try and plan around the quiet times (before Christmas, etc). Though this year we went in October and realized why we prefer going during the least busy times. Crowds were pretty incredible, I didn't like how the fastpasses were being done. You may have been able to pick one ride you would go on, but the remaining choices were geared toward those that looked like no one else would go to either.
Disney knows we're all upset about the same thing... the closure of the backlot tour and removal of the sorcerer's hat at Hollywood Studios.
The loose article restrictions placed on Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket and the Hulk at Universal. It is such a pain to deal with now that it really doesn't make it worth riding HRRR and it makes for an annoying experience with the Hulk.
The wallet prohibition is pretty absurd Kris. I asked a cast member what happens if I put my wallet into a locker (with my ID and credit cards) and I inadvertently overstay the free time allowed. Since my wallet is in the locker, I cannot pay for the extra time, and the locker won't be allowed to open until you pay. The cast member looked at me like I was crazy, and offered no solution.
@Kris 'n Russ What a pain! And the locker system is such a drag... we had at least two of the things lock us out after not recognizing our fingerprint. The worst was the cast member that made me secure my shades in a locker for The Mummy- about as much risk losing them on that coaster as on the Twister show next door. Zipper pockets for the win.
I was told that a few loose articles (cameras, phones) have hit other people on the rides causing action against the park (Universal). I've watched people sneak stuff in. A woman in front of me stuffed her phone inside the waist of her pants. Who's going to search her? LOL!
Russell's point for the win here. I think I might need to start wearing my money belt to Universal Orlando.
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