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!
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.
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...
Walt Disney World
Tokyo Disney Resort
Theme Park Insider Books