#IfIRanAThemePark - Fans share their top ideas for making theme parks better
Published: January 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Using the #IfIRanAThemePark hashtag, I offered a few ideas of mine, and then many of you responded with ideas of your own. Here are our Twitter followers' top 15 ideas from our @ThemePark feed, ranked by the number of retweets and favorites each idea elicited:
#IfIRanAThemePark I'd want my park to look like this.
#IfIRanAThemePark My in-park app would tell you the name of the song playing on the speakers nearest you. And let you buy it.
#IfIRanAThemePark Free WiFi throughout the park. Seriously, people, it's 2014 now.
#IfIRanAThemePark Christmas decorations would go up the day after Thanksgiving. No earlier.
#IfIRanAThemePark We'd never buy or install a spinner ride.
#IfIRanAThemePark Kids who meet the height requirement *exactly* go to the front of the line.
#IfIRanAThemePark All dark rides would include an original song.
#IfIRanAThemePark All food would be themed to its location in the park.
#IfIRanAThemePark Our employees never would have to take home or clean their own costumes.
#IfIRanAThemePark We'd create a custom ice cream flavor, available only in the park.
#IfIRanAThemePark We'll have plenty of benches throughout the park, and something interesting to see from every one.
#IfIRanAThemePark After-hours, hard-ticket event where everyone is *required* to come in costume and portray some character.
#IfIRanAThemePark It'd have a richly-landscaped, themed play area.
#IfIRanAThemePark All meals would be served on real plates, with real tableware.
#IfIRanAThemePark I would need to do a "research" trip to Tokyo Disney every year.
#IfIRanAThemePark It'd probably go bankrupt in a year, but it'd be a spectacular year.
Here are some our readers' top responses, again, ranked by retweets and favorites:
@futureprobe1982 — #IfIRanAThemePark No FastPass, no ExpressPass, no virtual queuing systems, period. Just lots of high-capacity rides to handle the crowds.
@Majrhavoc — #IfIRanAThemePark My Yeti animatronic would animate.
@futureprobe1982 — #IfIRanAThemePark It would be EPCOT Center, and I never would’ve ruined it in the 90s.
@Ademir818 — #IfIRanAThemePark I would not charge an arm and a leg for admission
@Jackintosh35 — #IfIRanAThemePark My annual pass would give me unlimited front of the line passes
@n8creative — #IfIRanAThemePark there would be only darkrides.
@JoeDrews — no lines. Only interactive waiting areas immersing you in the theme of the ride before you are called. #IfIRanAThemePark
@brettkyle — #IfIRanAThemePark Animatronics would take precedence over screens
@A_Coaster_Story — #IfIRanAThemePark I would never run a coaster with only 1 train.
@IndyMuttMom — Complimentary foot massages #IfIRanAThemePark
@thrillseekertx — #IfIRanAThemePark All my rides would have unique names, no exceptions. #whichViper #whichGoliath #whichSuperman
@SpaceScreamJohn — #IfIRanAThemePark every roller coaster would have on-board music
@urzishra — #IfIRanAThemePark make sure you can't see the parking lot from any of the rides.
@Majrhavoc — #IfIRanAThemePark I would not buy a Vekoma Boomerang.
@Stormin1977 — #IfIRanAThemePark I'd put full time restroom cleaners in each restroom.
What do you think about these suggestion? What would you do (or not do) if you ran a theme park? Let's keep the conversation going, in the comments, or on Twitter using the #IfIRanAThemePark hashtag.
And, by the way, if you actually do run a theme park, allow me to remind you that for any theme park improvement idea you see here on Theme Park Insider, you're free to take and implement it at your park.