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^. This is the solution in my mind as well. Thunderbolt at Coney Island does this as well, you give over your cell or what ever is in your pockets and get a plastic srunchy with your cubby number as you walk into the station, as soon as you walk out they hand it back to you. Painless, simple and FREE (other than the $10 your already paying to ride lol)

 

Sometimes I wish we could just go back to the old shelves with sliding doors for each train on the exit side of the station...

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One solution is the X2 way. Just have fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo 10 minutes or so before boarding so that you can have your phone through the majority of the line.

 

The only problem with X2's lockers, in my opinion, is that they cost a dollar or two. I understand the argument that it's only a dollar or two, no big deal, but if I've brought special cargo shorts with pockets that will absolutely make sure my phone doesn't fall out of my pocket, it's just a bit strange that I still have to pay for a locker to hold ny stuff. Especially if SFMM was my home park, and I go once a week or so, that locker cost could add up if they were mandatory. I definitely prefer this system over what they're currently doing on Steel Vengeance, but if I'm going to be forced to use a locker to hold my phone, which I already can hold securely, it just seems weird that I would have to pay a few bucks. It isn't the money that's a big deal, it's just that I've already come to the park prepared.

 

And one question about X2's lockers: I've been on X2, but that was back before I was as into coasters, so I can't quite remember the layout of the station. How do they make sure that exiting riders, while getting their stuff from their locker, don't jump back into the station and ride again?

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Like I said earlier, while this decision is mostly for safety and I know that, it's also a revenue driver and the park knows that.. otherwise they would come up with a free solution.

 

IMO, if you had a free solution, more people would opt to use it I would think. Paying for lockers, if they have no one there check-in your pockets, I know folks, myself included, are just going to leave my phone in my pocket.. I won't get it out while in line, which is frustrating, but I won't be using the locker either, unless I don't have fully closeable cargo pockets.

 

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One solution is the X2 way. Just have fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo 10 minutes or so before boarding so that you can have your phone through the majority of the line.

 

The only problem with X2's fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, in my opinion, is that they cost a dollar or two. I understand the argument that it's only a dollar or two, no big deal, but if I've brought special cargo shorts with pockets that will absolutely make sure my phone doesn't fall out of my pocket, it's just a bit strange that I still have to pay for a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo to hold ny stuff. Especially if SFMM was my home park, and I go once a week or so, that fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo cost could add up if they were mandatory. I definitely prefer this system over what they're currently doing on Steel Vengeance, but if I'm going to be forced to use a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo to hold my phone, which I already can hold securely, it just seems weird that I would have to pay a few bucks. It isn't the money that's a big deal, it's just that I've already come to the park prepared.

 

And one question about X2's fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo: I've been on X2, but that was back before I was as into coasters, so I can't quite remember the layout of the station. How do they make sure that exiting riders, while getting their stuff from their fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo, don't jump back into the station and ride again?

 

X2’s cost $1 and it’s only for things that can’t fit in your pocket. So even if you only have regular pockets, you can still put your phone in them. You just have to put bigger stuff like bags or bottles, or anything that can’t fit in your pocket in there. Since I usually have my bottle with me, I’ll put my phone in the locker too. These could obviously be made free for SV and be put closer to the station to make it work.

 

For X2, you load and unload on the same side of the station so there’s a point where people entering and exiting meet up in the station by the lockers. The way they circumvent line cutting is by having an employee in the locker area who also groups guests into rows and controls the flow into the lockers from the regular line. Fun fact, any ride operator can do this no matter which area of the park they’re assigned to. You don’t even have to be trained at X2 to do it.

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This is probably a totally stupid thing to mention - considering I have no idea how well it’s working with guests in the park at all. But I’d assume with the new phone policy, they’re going to remove the Steel Vengeance AR boards? You know, those billboards throughout the queue that really only serve the purpose of being for Augmented Reality? They basically encourage cell phone usage in line, I can’t imagine they’d stay after this new rule has been put in place. Which to my understanding of the battle for Cedar Point app would mean that they should just remove “Team Steel Vengeance” altogether. Again - totally not super important but it is a small detail that I’m not sure anyone thought about

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This is probably a totally stupid thing to mention - considering I have no idea how well it’s working with guests in the park at all. But I’d assume with the new phone policy, they’re going to remove the Steel Vengeance AR boards? You know, those billboards throughout the queue that really only serve the purpose of being for Augmented Reality? They basically encourage cell phone usage in line, I can’t imagine they’d stay after this new rule has been put in place. Which to my understanding of the battle for Cedar Point app would mean that they should just remove “Team Steel Vengeance” altogether. Again - totally not super important but it is a small detail that I’m not sure anyone thought about

 

I would imagine that this is a temporary “fix” to the problem until the park feels they find a better solution.

 

 

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Like I said earlier, while this decision is mostly for safety and I know that, it's also a revenue driver and the park knows that.. otherwise they would come up with a free solution.

I would actually be willing to pay MORE money to take my phone in the line with me! How's THAT for an option? Come up with something where if you want to take your phone in line with you, you have to pay an extra $10 or $20 bucks for the day and wear a neon-glow sticker or wristband that loudly says I HAVE MY PHONE WITH ME so that when you get up to the platform, the ride ops know to take it away from you and put it in a bin.

 

Sure, there may not be that many people who would actually pay to do it, but it's an "option" and that's all I'm asking.

 

These parks are creative enough to come up with some of the most amazing crazy rides in the world, I refuse to believe they aren't creative enough to come up with an idea that is better for their guests regarding this issue.

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I don’t see what the big fuss is about. It’s $8 for an all day traveling locker. It’s park policy so respect it and if you don’t like it don’t go. Plus you might find some people have cool stories to tell

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I don’t see what the big fuss is about. It’s $8 for an all day traveling fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo. It’s park policy so respect it and if you don’t like it don’t go. Plus you might find some people have cool stories to tell

 

It's 2018, and most people like having their phone to check their social media and be occupied during a, let's say, 2 hour wait (cause Steel Vengeance has been like that), (not saying all people but) people can be introverts and don't like associating with other people in line, and would rather have something to do in line.

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For people that think this is purely a money grab by the park, it is my understanding that the lockers are not owned by the park. With that being said, I also hear that a large portion of the locker fee goes to the locker company.

 

Is there any truth to this, or was the employee that I heard say this crazy?

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It’s park policy so respect it and if you don’t like it don’t go.

I don't disagree with this, actually. I actually DO NOT go on rides where I have to stand in a long line and can't bring my phone with me. If I was at Cedar Point and I had to stand in an hour+ line for Steel Vengeance and I couldn't bring my phone with me, sorry, I'm not riding. I still have not seen the new queue for Hulk because I will not stand in line for that coaster if I can't bring my phone with me. It's my choice and I'd rather spend my money at parks or go on rides that don't inconvenience me.

 

Plus you might find some people have cool stories to tell

What if I'm not a "people person" and I don't really want to hear someone else's stories?

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For people that think this is purely a money grab by the park, it is my understanding that the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo are not owned by the park.

That is true. But I also assume that the park gets a decent cut, otherwise those lockers wouldn't be there from a third party and the park would just do it themselves. I can tell you having worked at parks that have operating participants at the park, that yes, there are LOTS of third parties that operate within parks and the deal is usually very beneficial to both the park and the participant.

 

tl:dr - Everyone is making money.

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Like I said earlier, while this decision is mostly for safety and I know that, it's also a revenue driver and the park knows that.. otherwise they would come up with a free solution.

I would actually be willing to pay MORE money to take my phone in the line with me! How's THAT for an option? Come up with something where if you want to take your phone in line with you, you have to pay an extra $10 or $20 bucks for the day and wear a neon-glow sticker or wristband that loudly says I HAVE MY PHONE WITH ME so that when you get up to the platform, the ride ops know to take it away from you and put it in a bin.

 

Sure, there may not be that many people who would actually pay to do it, but it's an "option" and that's all I'm asking.

 

These parks are creative enough to come up with some of the most amazing crazy rides in the world, I refuse to believe they aren't creative enough to come up with an idea that is better for their guests regarding this issue.

No I agree, people pay for premium type stuff like having phones in lines and like family dryers. Parks know this so that's a good option, pay a premium to have your phone in line.. although, I'd rather do it for free but I also expect to spend money at a theme park

 

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Entertainment isn't the only reason a person needs their phone in line. Some people need to be on call at work, some people need to be able to contact their family, etc. A parents at home not being able to reach their kid in line for multiple hours would be rather concerning. Of course you could just tell me, "well, don't ride then", but really? I'm don't want to miss out on a ride many call one of the best in the world because I can't have my phone in line. I would just have to deal with not being reachable for multiple hours, which would not put my mind at ease particularly well. I hope their solution is temporary.

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^ that's what I worry about. I've happily waited over an hour on multiple occasions for SV this year and had my phone on me because I need it because of family issues. If I were to put it in a locker and not see a text or something for 2 hours it would be a big deal.

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I know that my Mom is self-employed so it would really suck if she was in a 2 hour line without her phone and a client needed to contact her. We're not stupid so we won't use it on the ride, keeping it in safe pockets, but I don't think I can overstate how massive of an inconvenience this is. Hoping that they figure out a decent policy by later this year so we can get her on this with some peace of mind.

 

It also doesn't make sense with the huge push for the Battle for CP and the general CP app. I normally use time spent in line to explore food options and show times to decide what to do after the ride I'm queueing for, in addition to general entertainment. And as a previous poster mentioned, all the AR boards are losing most of their functionality and the park is likely going to lose tons of positive PR from people taking pictures in line (I mean, anyone who has stood in that line can attest to how many people will Snapchat a quick video of the train coming down that first drop to share).

 

I'm really disappointed in this policy. You can do way better CP.

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Remember, there are 17 other coasters you can ride where you don’t have to lock away your phone in line!

Such a stupid argument. I’m not even entertaining this with a real response because it’s not worth my time.

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Remember, there are 17 other coasters you can ride where you don’t have to lock away your phone in line!

Such a stupid argument. I’m not even entertaining this with a real response because it’s not worth my time.

 

Back when Steel Vengeance had it's share of downtime (after the collision, right before CoasterMania, etc) I saw many posts on Social Media that expressed dissapointment about it being closed. 99% of these posts had a comment along the lines of "well your park ticket isn't for you to ride SV, it's for you to enjoy the park! So what if one coaster is closed? They have 16 more!"

 

uhh, what? If I drove 6 hours from Chicago with the hope to ride Steel Vengeance, if it's closed, I'm allowed to be dissapointed, right? The 16 other rides that are open don't mean that I'm not dissapointed about the one ride that's closed..

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^This isn’t really the point but where did that come from?

 

I’m 99% sure that Steel Vengeance has only had one full day where it didn’t operate at all and it was the day before CoasterMania where they were testing it with 2 trains all day. For a new ride, it’s been relatively reliable. Sure, it hasn’t been operating at full capacity but aside from one day and a wind closure on Ohio State Day, it’s been open.

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^This isn’t really the point but where did that come from?

 

I’m 99% sure that Steel Vengeance has only had one full day where it didn’t operate at all and it was the day before CoasterMania where they were testing it with 2 trains all day. For a new ride, it’s been relatively reliable. Sure, it hasn’t been operating at full capacity but aside from one day and a wind closure on Ohio State Day, it’s been open.

 

Yeah I overstated that a bit, I was just referring to opening day after the incident and the day before CoasterMania. I'm glad it's running reliably now, let's hope it can run at full capacity soon too.

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Remember, there are 16 other coasters you can ride where you don’t have to lock away your phone in line!

Such a stupid argument. I’m not even entertaining this with a real response because it’s not worth my time.

 

 

I mean, that doesn’t excuse SV at all and it isn’t an argument. But rather than whining about something they’re already trying to fix (I’m sure CP knows this isn’t ideal), I just wanted to look at the bright side for a second.

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Ok so I was at the park today and since people were asking, they are enforcing the no phone policy 100%. No exceptions for zipped pockets. They send employees through every switchback looking for phones.

 

I only rode it once today and saw them kick 2 people out of line. One guy was on the last straight section too, lol!!!

 

 

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They send employees through every switchback looking for phones.

This makes even less sense. If you're going to dedicate budget to have staff wander through the switchbacks looking for phones, why can't you dedicate staff on the platform going down the row of next riders waiting at the airgates telling them to take their items out of their pocket and place them on the bins on the other side of the train? How hard would it be to put bins in the station and take the staff you're already allocating to look for phones on people in the queue and just have them do that same job in the station?

 

And I'm only suggesting this because I'VE SEEN IT DONE AT OTHER PARKS AND IT TOTALLY WORKS!!!!

 

It gets the same end result and is a lesser annoyance to your guests.

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