Theme Park Line QueuesHow do theme parks calculate the wait times that are displayed electronically?
From Drew FHi there,
Posted January 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM
I'm curious as to how theme parks track the wait times for their lines that they display electronically at the entrance of the ride.
I know they previously used an electronic card system that a random park-goer would carry with them from the beginning until the front of the line. Then that card would be scanned by a park employee.
Is this still how the wait times operate? I'm sure it varies from park to park but do the major players like Disney and Six Flags still use this system.
Thanks in advance!
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From Andrew DoughertyI'm like 99% sure that Disney does that with the Tower of Terror wait times. Not to sure on the other attractions.
Posted January 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM
From steve leeI saw the card system still being used last month at Magic Kingdom on "it's a small world," so I'm thinking it's still pretty widely used by Disney.
Posted January 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM
From Russell MeyerDisney uses prox cards for just about every attraction, and the wait-time signs automatically update as cards, given to random guests at specified intervals, reach the end of the line.
Posted January 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Most other parks simply use visual landmarks to set their wait times. I.E. if the line is out the door and past the first switchback, it's approximately 20 minutes.
From Chad HFrom my time at Blackpool pleasure beach... Im fairly sure they used the Dartboard method - as in throw a dart at a dartboard and post whatever score you get.
Posted January 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM
Ok, maybe that was a little harsh, but the wait times had no relationship with reality.
I'd like to see more information on this sort of theme park tech and process... maybe how a few other behind the scenes decisions are made...
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