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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.

 

This almost seems non-intuitive as the profit they are receiving from increased lockers is going away to pay for employees wandering the switchbacks. So, the park isn’t gaining any revenue from this (they are losing money if anything) and are lowering their guest satisfaction ratings. I think the BINS should just be re-installed. I think people would rather have slower dispatches than no phone for the entire 2-hour wait time for SV. It really amazes me how little planning Cedar Fair did before implementing this policy.

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This almost seems non-intuitive as the profit they are receiving from increased fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo is going away to pay for employees wandering the switchbacks. So, the park isn’t gaining any revenue from this (they are losing money if anything)

 

Ohio minimum wage is $8.15. Even if they had 3 employees wandering switchbacks I guarantee you there will be more people buying those $10 roaming lockers than it will cost them employees. Trust me, the park isn't going to be doing anything at a loss.

 

I think people would rather have slower dispatches than no phone for the entire 2-hour wait time for SV.

If it was the difference of a 2 hour wait without my phone versus a two hour and 20 minute wait with my phone, I'll take the longer wait because I know that two hours without my phone WILL FEEL LIKE TWO WHOLE LONG HOURS, but with my phone, it will go by much faster.

 

I'll bet they sell more Fast Lane Plus passes now because of this new rule.

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I like Universal's idea. Simply incorporate clear plastic sleeves that velco closed on wall in front of each seat for folks to drop their phones in after boarding and done. No bins to be added, no guests w/o their phones while waiting in line and item stays securely in bag while riding.

Don't know what the costs would be compared to adding bins, other solutions e.t.c. though.

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I like Universal's idea. Simply incorporate clear plastic sleeves that velco closed on wall in front of each seat for folks to drop their phones in after boarding and done.

I'm not sure where you're getting your information but that's not what Universal does for their big roller coasters. In fact, what Universal does is even WORSE than this policy at Cedar Point and I'd like to hope that no park ever ever ever adopts what Universal does. I honestly don't go to Universal as often as I used to because of their insulting loose articles policy where everyone is treated like a criminal. In order to ride a coaster like Hulk, you have to go through TWO METAL DETECTORS at their park! One to get into their park. One to get in line for the roller coaster. Sorry, you've lost me as a customer at the second metal detector.

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I like Universal's idea. Simply incorporate clear plastic sleeves that velco closed on wall in front of each seat for folks to drop their phones in after boarding and done. No bins to be added, no guests w/o their phones while waiting in line and item stays securely in bag while riding.

Don't know what the costs would be compared to adding bins, other solutions e.t.c. though.

 

Disney does this on rides as well(they use a netting, not clear plastic). It's a great idea, but I wonder how many people would forget things in them and return to retrieve it.

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I like Universal's idea. Simply incorporate clear plastic sleeves that velco closed on wall in front of each seat for folks to drop their phones in after boarding and done.

I'm not sure where you're getting your information but that's not what Universal does for their big roller coasters. In fact, what Universal does is even WORSE than this policy at Cedar Point and I'd like to hope that no park ever ever ever adopts what Universal does. I honestly don't go to Universal as often as I used to because of their insulting loose articles policy where everyone is treated like a criminal. In order to ride a coaster like Hulk, you have to go through TWO METAL DETECTORS at their park! One to get into their park. One to get in line for the roller coaster. Sorry, you've lost me as a customer at the second metal detector.

 

I guess I was thinking only about Popeye & Bluto's waterproof center storage area, but I forgot about that annoying metal doctor business on the coasters.

 

Wouldn't this idea work for SV and TT though?

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I honestly don't go to Universal as often as I used to because of their insulting loose articles policy where everyone is treated like a criminal. In order to ride a coaster like Hulk, you have to go through TWO METAL DETECTORS at their park! One to get into their park. One to get in line for the roller coaster. Sorry, you've lost me as a customer at the second metal detector.

 

My thoughts are exactly the same. I used to go to Universal every year or two, but haven't been in five years now because of that ridiculous policy.

 

 

I was excited to get back to CP this year to ride SV again now that FL+ has been back and it's been running multiple trains reliably, but now I doubt I will if this is how it's going to be. I have no problem paying to store my loose articles, but I'll give my business to another park that has an efficient system in place and doesn't need to "patrol" the line looking for contraband like you're waiting in the cafeteria line at the county jail.

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$10 for an access anywhere locker? Yes please. Will gladly use that and share with friends. What a great deal.

 

It's very exciting to read comments about how short lines are for ride outside of Frontier town.

 

Anyone want to share how many rides they racked up on Millennium during early entry?

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The difference in loose article policies from one park to another never cease to amaze me. I mean at Magic Kingdom I once rode Space Mountain holding a bag of merchandise between my feet, a bag a bag of candy in one hand and my phone out in the other hand while eating candy on the ride, but I can't have a cell phone in a secured pocket at Cedar Point? Okay.....

 

Also, I mean isn't it a little strange to have this policy for 1 ride at the park but not the other 16 roller coasters?

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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,.

 

I’m not sure they are necessarily dedicating more people to do this. I think when someone starts and finishes a shift they enter/exit the ride through the queue. Which is still pretty dumb. The last thing those employees want to do is walk through the queue after working the ride. So hopefully they have a better long term solution.

 

 

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SFOT has zippered pockets secured on the backs of cars to put your cell, sunglasses, etc as well as bins on their big rides. As far as I know they don't have a problem with people using their cells on the rides. I would HATE to stand in a 2 hour line and not be able to entertain myself.

 

If someone wants to be an ass and use their cell on a ride make the penalty stiff. You're out for the rest of the season. And if you lose your cell, do a once a week sweep and if it's found you have to come back to the park to retrieve it, and you're out for the rest of the season.

I understand someone could get hit by a loose cellphone and that's the real reason for these rules though.

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SFOT has zippered pockets secured on the backs of cars to put your cell, sunglasses, etc as well as bins on their big rides. As far as I know they don't have a problem with people using their cells on the rides. I would HATE to stand in a 2 hour line and not be able to entertain myself.

 

If someone wants to be an A$$ and use their cell on a ride make the penalty stiff. You're out for the rest of the season. And if you lose your cell, do a once a week sweep and if it's found you have to come back to the park to retrieve it, and you're out for the rest of the season.

I understand someone could get hit by a loose cellphone and that's the real reason for these rules though.

I think the only stiff penalty that would work is to press misdemeanor charges if it's actually a misedmeanor in the state that has these rules for parks.. Kicking folks out of the park for a year is likely not going to work at a place like CP. They never once asked for ID buying tickets, most parks I have been to don't ask for ID when buying season passes and tickets (unless bought online).. I know several parks I could tell them my name is Bob Noname and give them cash and they would print Bob Noname on my pass and be done with it. Six Flags parks use biometrics now but I'm not even sure they play close enough attention to those for it to block a guest for a year.

 

Please know, I'm not for stiff penalties at all.. I'm for parks finding a solution that works for everyone and can be enforced so stiffer policies aren't required

 

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Yea, guess the season long suspension would only work for pass holders. I was just thinking something that would scare/worry folks enough that it wouldn't be worth the risk of taking your cell out on a ride.

Maybe a "if you lose your cell on this ride, it's gone we won't look for it" rule would work?

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Are there fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo inside the holding area for Early Entry (from the resort gate) so you can put your crap in a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo before 9:00?

 

I never really paid attention.

 

It depends on how big they make the holding area. Sometimes it stretches from past witches wheel to at least the restrooms that are just south of Magnum. And then other days, like today, they hold you right at witches wheel and you can’t get on that main path until 9.

 

So to answer your question, they don’t have them in that immediate area. I think they took them out when they made that new entrance. But if you are there on a day when they decide to have the larger holding are I’m sure you could access the ones by Magnum’s entrance.

 

 

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Well I guess my favorite ride at CP is back to Maverick after these last few pages. That sign a couple posts above just adds insult to injury, but Maverick still has the bins and it’s gaining some major respect in my books. I hope Cedar Point gets enough negative criticism to change this in a more creative way by next year, before becoming a Univerisal type phone communist

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SFOT has zippered pockets secured on the backs of cars to put your cell, sunglasses, etc as well as bins on their big rides. As far as I know they don't have a problem with people using their cells on the rides. I would HATE to stand in a 2 hour line and not be able to entertain myself.

 

If someone wants to be an A$$ and use their cell on a ride make the penalty stiff. You're out for the rest of the season. And if you lose your cell, do a once a week sweep and if it's found you have to come back to the park to retrieve it, and you're out for the rest of the season.

I understand someone could get hit by a loose cellphone and that's the real reason for these rules though.

 

I agree that the policies need to at least be consistently enforced to deter people. If someone knowingly pulls out their phone going up a lift hill, every warning they hear and see says they're subject to "ejection from the park without refund," so why aren't they? Too many times when someone pulls out their phone on a ride, it's just an E-stop, then the op walks up the lift hill to tell them to put it away or takes it for when they return. I was at Kings Island in April, and someone on Banshee lit up a cigarette while going up the lift hill. Other than the ride op walking up the lift hill to "scold" them and tell them to put it out, there were no other repercussions. If that's not grounds for getting kicked out, I don't know what is.

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Well I guess my favorite ride at CP is back to Maverick after these last few pages. That sign a couple posts above just adds insult to injury, but Maverick still has the bins and it’s gaining some major respect in my books. I hope Cedar Point gets enough negative criticism to change this in a more creative way by next year, before becoming a Univerisal type phone communist

 

People rank coasters based on loose article policies now?

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SFOT has zippered pockets secured on the backs of cars to put your cell, sunglasses, etc as well as bins on their big rides. As far as I know they don't have a problem with people using their cells on the rides. I would HATE to stand in a 2 hour line and not be able to entertain myself.

 

If someone wants to be an A$$ and use their cell on a ride make the penalty stiff. You're out for the rest of the season. And if you lose your cell, do a once a week sweep and if it's found you have to come back to the park to retrieve it, and you're out for the rest of the season.

I understand someone could get hit by a loose cellphone and that's the real reason for these rules though.

 

I agree that the policies need to at least be consistently enforced to deter people. If someone knowingly pulls out their phone going up a lift hill, every warning they hear and see says they're subject to "ejection from the park without refund," so why aren't they? Too many times when someone pulls out their phone on a ride, it's just an E-stop, then the op walks up the lift hill to tell them to put it away or takes it for when they return. I was at Kings Island in April, and someone on Banshee lit up a cigarette while going up the lift hill. Other than the ride op walking up the lift hill to "scold" them and tell them to put it out, there were no other repercussions. If that's not grounds for getting kicked out, I don't know what is.

When someone pulled their phone out on Gemini they just went up on the lift and grab it and then handed it back to the guest after the ride.

 

Nothing was done about it at all.. Now line jumping on rides, I saw them call the CP Police several times on that.. I guess line jumping is more dangerous than phones being out on rides

 

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People rank coasters based on loose article policies now?

While I would never "rank a ride" based on it, the annoyance factor DOES play into how often I will ride something. For example, I have been on Hulk a total of *ONE TIME* since it re-opened and I've never even seen the actual new queue because I did single rider.

 

I only rode Dueling Dragons ONCE after the metal detectors went in and I only went to ride it because it was closing. I'm pretty sure I also posted my trip report somewhere from that night mainly because I wanted to point how just how insanely stupid and frustrating the lockers were for that ride.

 

I can't even tell you the last time I rode Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and I'm not even sure I've ridden it since the metal detectors went in, and I do actually LIKE that ride!

 

Thankfully for our upcoming visit to Cedar Point we have Fast Lane Plus and ERT on Steel Vengeance so it's not a huge issue for me personally, but I will speak strongly and loudly AGAINST any park that has a rule that forces you to put your items, especially your phone away in a locker for the duration of a line.

 

And not even just for entertainment purposes, for example, Kristen is now of the age where she can start doing parks on her own with her group of friends. There is NO WAY IN HELL I will allow her to stand in a line for a ride where I couldn't be in contact with her for any length of time.

 

I'm sorry, I just feel this rule is completely stupid and is an example the WORST guest satisfaction that a park can employ. I hate it and I won't tolerate it. I will choose not to ride and I will encourage others to do the same and go to Guest Relations and politely tell them that they are unhappy with these new policies. We need as many people as possible to do that.

 

There has to be a better solution.

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I totally agree that there’s a better solution. You brought up a great point earlier about them taking the staff that’s currently working in the queue checking for phones and moving them to the station to take and store loose articles there. If they did that and I didn’t have Fastlane I might even pay a premium for it over the standard locker charge at the front of the queue.

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I have a friend at C. P. - Crappy Park today and he was carrying a magazine. He was allowed to enter the queue, but was told it MUST BE DISCARDED on the platform. Cedar Point and Cedar Fair for that matter are on my last nerve!

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I have a friend at C. P. - Crappy Park today

It’s one thing to be upset with the park over a new policy and speak about it using logic and reason, but are these childish insults really needed? They don’t give your argument any weight and just make you sound immature. If you approached me at GR with this kind of attitude I would stop listening to you after your first five words.

 

Try to be a bit more professional and maybe people may think about taking you seriously.

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I understand the safety concerns and I can respect the park doing everything to keep guests safe.

 

Did something happen that they are now beingso strict? When I was there last month they said everything had to be in a "secured pocket". I even had to move my wallet from my back pocket to a front one because they warned us that "it will be lost".

 

They no longer want any lose articles while in line even and will kick you out of line for having your phone, what's next? I have glasses, and while I will be wearing a strap for them on my next visit, will those be required to be stored in a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo and have to wait however long practically blind?

 

I know that's a bit extreme of an example and honestly pretty stupid, but just trying to prove a continued point of how this is a ridiculous policy that they need to seriously reconsider.

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