If you could go back to a theme park again, how would you manage your visit? Would you look to plan every moment in advance or would you rather just get there and go with the flow?
This has been one of the more divisive questions among theme park fans in recent years, as observant fans (and former park employees) began deciphering park operations to figure out the most efficient way to get through a day, followed by parks responding with a variety of advance reservation and line-skipping products for fans who wanted the benefits of a plan without having to do all that research.
But the line-up of "time saving" products that parks offered ultimately became so complex that fans ended up having to spend hours and hours researching and booking those tools in advance of their trips anyway. (Just ask anyone who's set their alarm for early the morning, six months to the day in advance of their Disney World vacation, to play the Disney restaurant reservation lottery.) That's inspired a backlash among fans who embrace a more carefree, "go with the flow" philosophy that helped so many fans fall in love with theme parks in the first place.
Granted, many of those "go with the flow" fans actually are long-time visitors and passholders who've pretty much memorized the most efficient ways to get through the park, so they don't need to do any extra advance planning anyway.
And of course, Covid-19 is gonna change everything. Forget about a serendipitous visit to a new or beloved park. Many parks, including all the Six Flags parks, will be requiring advance reservations to visit when they reopen for the 2020 season. But once you're inside the park? We just don't know how that's going to go down yet.
Will closed international borders, canceled flights, and roadtrip hassles leave attendance so low that, even with limited operations, pretty much everything's a walk-on, making the question of planning an itinerary irrelevant? Or will parks demand the use of virtual queues in a way that forces you into pre-set itineraries, whether you want them or not? How long will this "new normal" exist before we get to the "new normal v2.0" that might or might not look like the "old normal" - whatever what that was, given the wide variety of ways that people experienced theme parks in the past?
Take a guess. Everyone else is.
Since we have no idea what the future holds, let's focus on what you'd prefer if you could make the future that you want. Would you rather visit parks in a way that allows you to go with the flow? Or do you prefer a system that rewards people who take the time and make the effort to plan in advance?
(And, yeah, I know that a good park's job is to craft a system that supports both approaches, but hey, I'm just trying to get a vote up here, okay?)
So here is today's "which is better" vote. Please tell us in the comments why you're voting the way that you do.Tweet
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