Vote of the Week: What is the longest you would wait for a theme park attraction?
Written by Robert Niles
Universal Orlando visitors have been waiting nearly eight hours to ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts this week. The meet and greets for Frozen's Anna and Elsa have drawn waits up to six hours at the Magic Kingdom this summer. Disneyland Paris fans waited up to three hours to get on Walt Disney Studios Park's new Ratatouille ride when it opened officially yesterday.Tweet
As one Theme Park Insider reader asked, Have people gone crazy?
Thousands lined up for the opening of Diagon Alley this week. Photo by Jared Collins.
New attractions almost always draw huge crowds. That's why parks build them — to grow their audience and bring new customers into the parks. But when the wait time for any attraction passes a certain point, the excitement of a new attraction can morph into the disappointment of a bad customer experience.
So... what is that point? What is the maximum amount of time that you would be willing to wait for a theme park attraction?
Before you answer, let's set up a hypothetical: You're on the last day of your vacation for the year. And today is the day that the world's best attraction has opened (or reopened) at the park you are visiting. It's never been available to you before, and you won't be back to this park for several years, so this is your only opportunity to ride (see it, meet the character, etc.). People you trust have told you that you will love this attraction, and you've already done most of what you wanted to do on this vacation.
Given all that, how long would you be willing to wait to experience this attraction?
Oh, and one more thing, would you be willing to take a moment to help recognize Theme Park Insider by voting for us in this USA Today poll? Thank you, as always, for reading and for being part of the Theme Park Insider community!
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