theme park guests behaving badly, it occurs to me that some readers might not be aware of the simplest thing that guests do that can get them banned from a theme park.With many people talking about the latest episode of
Over the past several decades of theme park history, visitors have done countless things that have gotten them the boot. Some are obvious, such as fighting. Parks really don't like when people decide to stage western-stunt-show brawls IRL, without their permission. Unfurling big political banners will get you chucked out right away, too. Fans come to the parks in part to escape that divisiveness.
Talking back to theme park employees might get you thrown out, but making physical contact with them is an almost certain way to buy yourself a very long — if not permanent — ban from the park. No park will tolerate visitors who threaten the safety of their employees. And don't forget that in a "you say, they say" argument, that cameras are everywhere to tell who's lying.
But all of those transgressions take some effort. You've got to plan ahead to sneak in a banner. And by the time you start throwing punches, you've probably passed at least three or four points when reasonable people would have made a different choice.
So what's something even simpler that gets people tossed from theme parks? All it takes is something you can do in the time it takes an eye to blink.
Want a longtime ban from a theme park? Just hand a drink to someone under 21.
That's all it takes.
Theme parks value their liquor licenses, and there's no quicker way to lose one that to serve underage drinkers. It's not enough to card everyone who buys a drink. Theme parks have a legal responsibility to ensure that the alcohol they sell and serve does not under up in the hands (and mouths) of minors. That's why they swiftly will toss visitors they find handing drinks to underage family or friends.
Think no one will notice if you buy two beers and hand one over? Remember that parks employ many undercover "shoppers" charged with not just keeping people from shoplifting but also from preventing underage drinking. Trust me, countless fans have lost their tickets and annual passes after park employees watched them pass a drink to someone who could not have bought it on their own.
So consider this another Theme Park Insider PSA. With food and drink festivals becoming more popular, parks are taking extra care to ensure that they remain in compliance with the law. If parks believe that ejecting fans and banning them from returning for a year or more is what it takes to dissuade people from enabling underage drinking, they won't hesitate to do that.Tweet
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