Vote of the week: Do you always follow the rules?
At Theme Park Insider, we urge you to follow all safety and other rules when visiting a theme park. As part of that commitment, for example, I don't approve photos to the site that obviously have been taken in violation of park policies regarding photography (such as from on board a roller coaster). Also, the ride videos that we have posted on the Blog Flume in the past have been taken with the permission of park personnel.
But, let's be honest here. I'm betting that some of you have, um, broken a rule or two at some point. [Note: I changed the poll right after putting it up, when I realized that the poll software was counting multiple selections in a very weird, nonsensible way. So I have broken the vote into multiples, with one on each issue.]
Have you ever broken a rule at a theme park?
Please, have at it in the comments. Funny stories are always appreciated, as is your defense for your particular vote.
Yeah, I took my camera on Hulk once. Was displeased with the results. Didn't bother doing it again (I hate POV anyways, but I needed 10 seconds of it for a video I was editing).
Nothing is illegal until you get caught…
Brian, I couldn't find a way to, uh, gracefully, phrase that one as an option. And, ultimately, I decided that "lewd public behavior," if you will, was, along with public intoxication, not a theme park-specific rule. So I left that off this list.
I took a video of my son on a small steel coaster because it was his first coaster ride. The entire video was of his face, not the ride itself. But the operator told us at the end of the ride that video was not allowed. We truly didn't know it was against the rules until after the fact. But I am glad we got the video...his expression was priceless!
Going into the park without paying?
i was thinking the same thing. how do you get into the park without paying? please explain.
Working at Six Flags Over Texas in the early '80s pretty much locked me into good behavior...that and a Baptist upbringing and years in Scouting. Cutting in line is selfish and shameful. Sneaking in food...nowadays most parks have something suitable for most folks, even vegetarians. Yes, the food prices are high, but if you plan for it as part of the whole trip I think you'll find at least the kids pleased with the in-park food (esp. as a treat).
I never have snuck in to a park, (I always get an AP whenever I go) but
Broken safety rule: nope, or at least not explicitly.
I've always brought food and drink into parks and for a moment I wondered what was so wrong about it. Then I remembered Six Flags...
I always bring food into the parks, especially now that i have kids and they have to have their favorite snacks with them. The theme parks make enough money on admission and parking prices for me to buy their food too. I do ocassionally buy food inside, but only when I go without my kids(and thats a rare occasion). As for the other rules, i abide them pretty strictly. Although i am with the group that has done "questionable" behavior with their spouse years ago.
We bring in snacks most of the time, like some beef jerky or some crackers just things like that so we dont have to buy as much while we are there. And most of the time we will take a cooler in the car with lunch meats or peanut butter and jelly and make sandwiches and have a picknick in the parking lot! Yay for reentry!
Theoretically anyone who rides a coaster and raises their hands is "breaking park rules"....funny how we all forget when they announce "please keep your arms and hands in the vehicle at all times" :)
I only snuck into Knott's Berry farm once. I was a teenager and my friend worked there. I pretended to be an employee and just walked into the employee entrance. This was back in the hand stamp days so she got her hand stamped, then rubbed some of it off on me and we enjoyed the park for the day. I'd never do that now...too honest.
Im a pretty good boy and try to follow most rules.
I'll fess up to bringing in outside food when my kids were babies and toddlers, but I'm going to say that doesn't count, since it was for them.
I am too much of a goody two shoes to have violated parks rules, and ever since that guy fell out of Shockwave at Kings Dominion, I would never even THINK of not following safety rules. However, if I ever develop high blood pressure or a bad back, there are rides that say not to ride if you have such a condition, I am going anyway. But I wouldn't sue the park or blame them if I got sick or hurt.
I've never done anything hugely major, but back when I was young and stupid, my friends and I would go to major theme parks and participate in a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. The winner got to walk on crutches into the park, where we'd then rent a wheelchair, and the lucky winner got pushed around the park all day.
Always follow the rules to ride safety, adhering to the no smoking policy not that I smoke anyways.
When I was 17, my friend (who just got fired from Disneyland) and I, went to Knott's to apply for a job at a job fair. When they just blew us off, we decided to sneak in.
I've taken my video camera on Small World and Pooh at WDW - I don't recall seeing DO NOT VIDEO signs, but perhaps there were. However, recording for posterity my 1-yr-old daughter's wide-eyed wonder watching all the singing dolls in Small World was worth the risk :)
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