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High cost FastLane type tickets
- High cost FastLane type tickets are ruining parks. Free FastPass like at Disney rewards planning at parks. But spending more than $50 per person just to not wait in longer-than-an-hour lines because the FastLane people are "cutting in line" ruins the experience for everyone. You either wait a long time or spend a lot of money.
- —Guest Scott
I hate line jumpers!
- My biggest problem is line jumpers. It makes me want to scream. Who do these people think they are that they can just push me aside and get in front of me. I do everything I can to block them. And if I see a park employee I WILL rat them out. Done it more than once! Six flags Great America (actually Marriot's Great America at the time) had what they called Line Savers, people sitting on life guard type chairs watching for this type of thing. We need to bring them back. And stiffen the penalties! First offence BAM kick them out of the park!
- —Guest Mike
- I hate how boring the rides can get. You wait in line for hours, pay for what's advertised as a "thrilling" ride, and go on some boring roller coaster that isn't worth it.
- —Guest Mary
Forced to pay one price admission
- What if I just want to shop there and eat, etc, and don't ride any rides?! Or if older and younger folk that won't ride anything comes?! I think every single park should not charge any admission, and do a pay per ride, or an unlimited ride deal. Good job to Knoebels for doing this. Knoebels is great for using a pay per ride, with unlimited ride options available, and offers free admission and parking. Thanks, Knoebels
- —Guest CedarPointFandasn
- Even though I love the Universal Studios in Florida, what ticks me off the most about them besides the prices they charge is that they won't let you bring your belongings on any of their rides. I am more of a Disney World person myself but I won't deny that I hate waiting in their stupid standby line. I prefer using the fastpass and going on off-peak season days. I love Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure for a lot of reasons but I do not like the high prices or the locker rentals outside of each ride. [Added by Arthur Levine, Theme Parks Guide: I understand your point, but keep in mind that (unlike other parks), Universal offers complimentary lockers. They may be a bit of a hassle, but at least they are free.]
- —Guest David Andrew Dunbar
- OK, I can understand that parks would make you pay to use a locker, but can't they provide something cheaper? What's worse is parks that forbid you to even bring your stuff to wait in line. Then, when you got to the ride itself, know what they have? Free storage bins! Really! Couldn't they just let us put our bags in there?
- —Guest Andrew
Worst Things About Theme Parks
- 1. A number of people have already commented on this, but I too object to the cost of parking. Although I had a season pass which included parking at Six Flags Great Adventure, I think that those who had to pay $17 to park got gouged. Even the $12 I paid at Cedar Point struck me as exorbitant. Hats off to Holiday World and Knoebels for offering free parking! 2. Excessive security screening at park entrance.Thus far this applies only to Six Flags Great Adventure. The security screening, complete with metal detector and emptying of pockets, is almost as rigorous as that at an airport. (The only thing you don't have to do is take off your shoes.) It strikes me as a bit much for an amusement park. 3. Long ride lines - I have a story to tell about this but it's much too long to tell in this forum. 4. Inadequate food choices, at least for vegetarians, of which I am one. As a result, my lunch at an amusement park usually consists of a bowl of ice cream.
Then find a good park!
- Go to Holiday World - Santa Claus, IN. The staff is consistently voted as a top 5 most friendly every year in national surveys. You can buy discount tickets at local merchants, one price gets you in both parks (with top 10 NATIONALLY RATED roller coasters and water rides). FREE parking, FREE UNLIMITED soft drinks - kiosks conveniently located throughout the park & FREE sunblock in the water park. The rest of the park is shady, so sunblock isn't an issue. There are rides for all sizes from tiny (under 54") to adults that include rides from 50+ years ago to today. The food is decent, but if you want, pack a cooler, leave it in your car and at lunch time get your hand stamped at the gate and picnic at the Holiday World shelterhouse just outside the main gate next to Lake Rudolph. I've lived outside the area for years, but I come back occasionally to relive childhood memories. The late Will Koch was valedictorian of my high school class and he always knew how to run a class act.
- —Guest YHB
Leave me alone at the park!
- What sometimes ticks me off is random people coming up to me and saying hi, which freaks me out more than anything. I'm here for a good time, not for a socializing time, no offense.
- —Guest CLS
Holier Than Thou Guests
- What ticks me off is guests who think that they are better than everyone else. One example is that they won't fill in all the available seats in a theater, making the rest of the people maneuver around them. Another thing that ticks me off is when parents teach their kids that it's OKto lie to get what they want. For example. "Stand on your tippy-toes to be tall enough to ride." Or, "Tell them you're 12, so you can drive that boat."
- —Guest Zeke
Full-Price Admission Ticks Me Off
- I love amusement parks, but I hate that so many of them charge full price when I bring a guest that I know will not ride the rides. All parks should have a general admission price.
- —Guest RaneyOnline
What ticks me off?! Parking fees.
- Parking fees tick me off. I mean you pay to get in the park an then they want you to pay to park as well. The entrance fees are expensive anyway. Another thing that ticks me off is the general lack of respect by guests for the park and others in the park. People leave their gum on walls and then the parks don't do a great job cleaning up. The parks preach family atmosphere, but then they allow people to cut in lines, talk nasty, and leave trash around without addessing the issue
- —Guest Heidi
- We've saved up for a trip to the amusement park (it costs a lot more to take a family to the park these days: parking, admission, food and drinks, gas, maybe a night in a hotel, etc.). On top of that, we are thoroughly excited about being there, and then we run into a bunch of unfriendly employees. Did they forget that if it wasn't for us (park guests), they wouldn't be there (no guests, no job)? I just feel like guests are taken for granted at some parks. We tend not to return to those parks where we have not felt welcome. On the other hand, we will often drive a little further to other parks that we know are glad that we came!
- —Guest Travel Fan
- Fastpass programs, like the one at the Disney parks, make me mad. Customers wait in line longer because of fastpasses. If you want to ride, stand in line like everyone else. Once, we waited 3 hours because of fastpass. The sign said 90 minutes.
- —Guest DON HOGAN
- My biggy is when large groups visit a park with no adult supervision. They ignore everyone else.