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I'm with Zach on the belief that this is from their lack of trust of people to not pull out their phone during the ride to take video for social media. Secured cargo pockets aren't going to fail. I'm guessing that's also why the pouches are in a spot that's virtually impossible to reach during the ride, rather than on the seat in front of you.

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I was super excited to see the giant arcade during my visit earlier this year, but was very disappointed that many of the games (especially the more classic ones) were not functional (or marked as such) or well maintained... I'd be curious to see what this space ends up being used for if the arcade is truly being cleared out.

 

I had the same experience when we were trying to play classic video games a few years ago during a ridiculously crowded Halloweekends. I think that I lost close to $5 on games where I would throw in the quarters and it would do nothing, or one of the buttons or joysticks wouldn't work right.

 

Oh well, good riddance...I hope that they get a cool dark ride in there to replace it.

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I'm with Zach on the belief that this is from their lack of trust of people to not pull out their phone during the ride to take video for social media. Secured cargo pockets aren't going to fail. I'm guessing that's also why the pouches are in a spot that's virtually impossible to reach during the ride, rather than on the seat in front of you.

 

Yeah, but let's think further: Now you can have the phone with you - again - until you are directly at the train. I see no difference to the situation before. Who guarantees and checks that really all cell phones that were in line are going to the bags underneath the seats? You'd have to check everybody somehow, maybe with a phsycal check or with handy metal detectors. And that is what Robb supposed way, way ago what they could have done first hand to solve the problem.

 

Get me: I'm totally against the policy to give away the phone for a two hour line. But given the fact that they want no cell phone put out on the lift hill, I really see no improvement if not every person is checked individually. What could have, but isn't, been done the wohle time.

What I appreciate is, that it will be a bit more convenient for those who are not completely morons.

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I'm with Zach on the belief that this is from their lack of trust of people to not pull out their phone during the ride to take video for social media. Secured cargo pockets aren't going to fail. I'm guessing that's also why the pouches are in a spot that's virtually impossible to reach during the ride, rather than on the seat in front of you.

 

Yeah, but let's think further: Now you can have the phone with you - again - until you are directly at the train. I see no difference to the situation before. Who guarantees and checks that really all cell phones that were in line are going to the bags underneath the seats? You'd have to check everybody somehow, maybe with a phsycal check or with handy metal detectors. And that is what Robb supposed way, way ago what they could have done first hand to solve the problem.

 

Get me: I'm totally against the policy to give away the phone for a two hour line. But given the fact that they want no cell phone put out on the lift hill, I really see no improvement if not every person is checked individually. What could have, but isn't, been done the wohle time.

What I appreciate is, that it will be a bit more convenient for those who are not completely morons.

 

The operators that pull down your laps bars are also doing a visual scan to check for phones on your person. It's not foolproof, but they were pretty damn good at catching people with phones in their pockets when I was at KD in August. I would also like a more efficient way like the wands they use in Japan, but considering today's phones are as big as tablets, it's fairly difficult to conceal one.

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I'm with Zach on the belief that this is from their lack of trust of people to not pull out their phone during the ride to take video for social media. Secured cargo pockets aren't going to fail. I'm guessing that's also why the pouches are in a spot that's virtually impossible to reach during the ride, rather than on the seat in front of you.

 

Yeah, but let's think further: Now you can have the phone with you - again - until you are directly at the train. I see no difference to the situation before. Who guarantees and checks that really all cell phones that were in line are going to the bags underneath the seats? You'd have to check everybody somehow, maybe with a physical check or with handy metal detectors. And that is what Robb supposed way, way ago what they could have done first hand to solve the problem.

 

Get me: I'm totally against the policy to give away the phone for a two hour line. But given the fact that they want no cell phone put out on the lift hill, I really see no improvement if not every person is checked individually. What could have, but isn't, been done the wohle time.

What I appreciate is, that it will be a bit more convenient for those who are not completely morons.

 

The operators that pull down your laps bars are also doing a visual scan to check for phones on your person. It's not foolproof, but they were pretty damn good at catching people with phones in their pockets when I was at KD in August. I would also like a more efficient way like the wands they use in Japan, but considering today's phones are as big as tablets, it's fairly difficult to conceal one.

 

I totally get you and I think this procedure is far better then the ridiculous phone ban before. I appreciate it.

I just thought of their goal "No phone on the ride". And my opinion is, that this goal is not achievable with this new procedure. So I'm curious why they changed it (to something they could've done way before). Otherwise: The bags, connected with an immediate ban from all CF parks for a year if you put your phone out an a ride, wuold be perfection.

But as far as I understood it's just implemented at Twisted Timbers in KD yet, so let's wait if Steel Vengeance copies it after all.

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I went quite a few times this summer and wait times were never that long. I get the love for halloweekends and the way the park is decorated for halloween. I am amazed how so many people choose to go to the park now versus in the summer when its warmer and not as crazy as a Saturday in October.

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Yeah, I don't go to the park in Saturdays in October, especially since I'm spoiled with no wait on Tuesdays in May and June. Even when I've stayed the weekend at Breakers, I enjoy the park on Friday and Sunday, and go to Put In Bay or Kelley's Island on Saturday.

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I'm with Zach on the belief that this is from their lack of trust of people to not pull out their phone during the ride to take video for social media. Secured cargo pockets aren't going to fail. I'm guessing that's also why the pouches are in a spot that's virtually impossible to reach during the ride, rather than on the seat in front of you.

 

Many people forget to zipper the pockets on their shorts.

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I'm with Zach on the belief that this is from their lack of trust of people to not pull out their phone during the ride to take video for social media. Secured cargo pockets aren't going to fail. I'm guessing that's also why the pouches are in a spot that's virtually impossible to reach during the ride, rather than on the seat in front of you.

 

Many people forget to zipper the pockets on their shorts.

 

[sarcasm] Isn't this the purpose of the ride OPs? Control your pockets and zip them for you if you forgot it? [/sarcasm]

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I'm with Zach on the belief that this is from their lack of trust of people to not pull out their phone during the ride to take video for social media. Secured cargo pockets aren't going to fail. I'm guessing that's also why the pouches are in a spot that's virtually impossible to reach during the ride, rather than on the seat in front of you.

 

Many people forget to zipper the pockets on their shorts.

 

Entirely possible.

 

[sarcasm] Isn't this the purpose of the ride OPs? Control your pockets and zip them for you if you forgot it? [/sarcasm]

 

You mock me, but I've been told numerous times by ride operators to secure my pockets. So yes, that is something they do.

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I'm with Zach on the belief that this is from their lack of trust of people to not pull out their phone during the ride to take video for social media. Secured cargo pockets aren't going to fail. I'm guessing that's also why the pouches are in a spot that's virtually impossible to reach during the ride, rather than on the seat in front of you.

 

Many people forget to zipper the pockets on their shorts.

 

Not going to lie. I've done that once or twice and was thankful that nothing fell out.

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I'm with Zach on the belief that this is from their lack of trust of people to not pull out their phone during the ride to take video for social media. Secured cargo pockets aren't going to fail. I'm guessing that's also why the pouches are in a spot that's virtually impossible to reach during the ride, rather than on the seat in front of you.

 

Many people forget to zipper the pockets on their shorts.

 

Not going to lie. I've done that once or twice and was thankful that nothing fell out.

 

I only mention it because I've done it too and have ridden with many people who have gotten off a ride and realized the same.

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Yep, heard it was rough (as expected). Even against our recommendation not to go, a work friend headed up and took 1.5hrs to just park. Supposedly has a miserable time at the park, shocker. Maybe next time he listen, yes?

 

I think SV had a 2hr Fast Lane wait, with the normal queue at around 3hrs... Oy.

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Yep, heard it was rough (as expected). Even against our recommendation not to go, a work friend headed up and took 1.5hrs to just park. Supposedly has a miserable time at the park, shocker. Maybe next time he listen, yes?

 

I think SV had a 2hr Fast Lane wait, with the normal queue at around 3hrs... Oy.

lol. I get family that want to take trips to Cedar point on Saturdays throughout mid summer and mid October. My response is always, "Ha, no, why don't you try NOT picking a day when LITERALLY EVERYONE ELSE wants to go.

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Can confirm Saturday was insane. My brother and I took my nephews up for one last visit (we knew going in it would be insane but schedule wise this was our last available day to go). We planned for early entry and were gonna stay till 3pm. By 11am park opening Steel Vengeance was a full queue, about a 3 hour wait. Maverick's like was back to the vending machines and by the time we made our way up to MF it's line was a full queue. At one point we even saw the line for Iron Dragon backed up about 100ft onto the midway.

 

We got a few rides in, visited the animals in the petting zoo and checked out things like the make a candle shop. Overall, it was a fun day because we knew exactly what we were getting into and planned for it. We had no intention to try and ride Maverick, MF or Steel Vengeance.

 

By the time we actually left, closer to 4pm the lot was packed and cars were parking on the grass at the back. The line to get into the park was still about 4 miles down Cedar Point Rd.

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With a midnight close plus a grace period plus running out the line plus transferring trains off, cleaning and finally clocking out there are probably a lot of ride ops that don’t leave until well after 1am.

 

Early Entry starts at 10 so the ops need to be there for those rides well ahead of time transferring trains on and running tests so even if you live in the dorms you’re probably maxing out at like 5 hours of sleep as it is.

 

Kings Island doesn’t have nearly as many Early Entry rides and (based on the fact that they haven’t resorted to closing a bunch of rides early for the season and closing almost half the park on Fridays) they don’t seem to have as much of a staffing problem either so they can probably shift people around a little bit better. At this point I would think that Cedar Point needs to push everyone they can to work from open to close all weekend. I’m sure Kings Island has staffing problems too, but nobody has staffing problems like Cedar Point.

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