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I think getting rid of loose item bins (everywhere) is a great idea. It slows the loading and unloading of the trains. I bet Cedar Fair goes to what they are running on Banshee.

 

I love the way they run Banshee with the exception of the grouper. Because of the grouper rows were constantly going out empty as they always missed entire rows and I do think it's annoying when you can't wait for the front or back seat if you choose to do so. Sometimes they let you wait, other times they don't and it just depends on who's working. Just let the people who want to wait wait and put the next group in the next empty row (to their credit some people were doing this).

 

What I was impressed with was the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo policy and flip flop policy. They just tell everyone to take a seat and they'll take the flip flops for them ( It's a great idea as it's the only loose article you do have to be concerned with just because of the nature of inverted coasters.), and if you have any other loose articles when you reach the platform you have to take them with you or not ride. They don't waste time with overweight riders either... they'll give one or two pushes on the restraint and then they have to leave. They're not mean about it, but they don't waste time either.

 

The only thing I take issue with is the souvenir cups. Parks should always allow you to store them for free, otherwise they'll end up losing money because a lot of people will stop buying them. I'm not saying you should store them on the platform, but they should have special storage locations for them somewhere... even Six Flags figured this out.

 

When I was at CP last year we just hid our cups in bushes around MF and TTD. But there should be a better system for that.

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Magnum removed the bins from the station. They are currently directing people witg bags and other stuff to the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo by TTD. I can see Cedar Point going the way of Six Flags on loose articles.

While this benefits capacity (which Cedar Point is known to excel in already), I see a wave of complaints about how Cedar Fair is just being money grabbers coming in if they further implement this to all of the coasters. I do wish the one time use lockers were free for 2 hours max though...

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Magnum removed the bins from the station. They are currently directing people witg bags and other stuff to the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo by TTD. I can see Cedar Point going the way of Six Flags on loose articles.

While this benefits capacity (which Cedar Point is known to excel in already), I see a wave of complaints about how Cedar Fair is just being money grabbers coming in if they further implement this to all of the coasters. I do wish the one time use fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo were free for 2 hours max though...

 

They used to be like that. Then they brought bins into the stations like, I dunno, 6-7 years ago?

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Hey everybody, for the Millennium walk backs for the first ride in the morning during the weekend, how do you get to the marina entrance? First, am I correct that the marina entrance is the one by Famous Daves? Second is there parking over there, or do I have to park in the main lot then walk around?

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If HW can provide free soft drinks, why can't CP (who makes tons more money than HW) offer free locker rental in the queue station? And to prevent people from taking advantage, having their locker pop wide open the second the hour is up

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If HW can provide free soft drinks, why can't CP (who makes tons more money than HW) offer free fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo rental in the queue station? And to prevent people from taking advantage, having their fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo pop wide open the second the hour is up

 

Because thats the reason they make more money than HW lol

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My biggest gripe about loose articles is the souvenir drink cups. Why is there no place on the platform to store these?

 

I like what six flags has done and put a storage bin with numbers on it for the cups. Not only is it a convenience for guests, but it would promote the sales of the cups as well.

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Magnum removed the bins from the station. They are currently directing people witg bags and other stuff to the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo by TTD. I can see Cedar Point going the way of Six Flags on loose articles.

While this benefits capacity (which Cedar Point is known to excel in already), I see a wave of complaints about how Cedar Fair is just being money grabbers coming in if they further implement this to all of the coasters. I do wish the one time use fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo were free for 2 hours max though...

 

At least they are giving you the option to use a locker before you load for the ride, so I see it as a plus. On X2 at SFMM they literally force you to pay $1 and rent a locker right before you load the train because they don't tell you before entering the line beforehand that you can't have loose articles.

 

And I don't know if it's just me, but I really hope CF isn't going to go in a minor "Six Flags direction". With the addition of FunTV (which, in the end, is for ads and promoting sales) and the enforcement of renting lockers, I hope it stays to a minimum. The last thing I would like with this new Cedar Fair era is putting ads all over the park (not saying it will happen, but some small minor changes sort of point that direction...)

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While FunTV does endorse meal plans and platinum passes, I really actually think it's done tastefully. You aren't getting slapped in the faces with the advertisements and I see nothing wrong with self promotion. I don't see it in a way like Six Flags who will promote almost anything to make a buck. After working at the park this season and being next to a FunTV for many hours already, it really is a majority of trivia, fun facts and music videos, with a Cedar Fair promotion working itself in there during that cycle.

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On X2 at SFMM they literally force you to pay $1 and rent a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo right before you load the train because they don't tell you before entering the line beforehand that you can't have loose articles.

 

By now, most normal people should know that loose articles are not permitted on any rides. If you feel a need to drag useless items around in an amusement park then you should have to ante up the fee for your stupidity. On the other hand if you have kids or medical reasons, that is a different story.

 

Honestly I like the storage area at Great Bear in Hershey with the sliding door to cover up the running trains loose articles while the returning train can grab their stuff and get outta there. It seems to work really well.

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Also, as a side note... as of today, Snake River Falls is up and running.

 

Speaking of loose articles... is anyone else completely sick and tired of basketballs being given out as prizes for midway games? EVERY year, I almost get run over by some NBA hopefulls that feel the need to bounce these things all over the park while going from ride to ride...

 

Maybe I'm just getting old.

 

-=CoasterBP

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Also, as a side note... as of today, Snake River Falls is up and running.

 

Speaking of loose articles... is anyone else completely sick and tired of basketballs being given out as prizes for midway games? EVERY year, I almost get run over by some NBA hopefulls that feel the need to bounce these things all over the park while going from ride to ride...

 

Maybe I'm just getting old.

 

-=CoasterBP

 

Yep....worst prize ever.

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Also, as a side note... as of today, Snake River Falls is up and running.

 

Speaking of loose articles... is anyone else completely sick and tired of basketballs being given out as prizes for midway games? EVERY year, I almost get run over by some NBA hopefulls that feel the need to bounce these things all over the park while going from ride to ride...

 

Maybe I'm just getting old.

 

-=CoasterBP

 

Yes those are quite annoying, tho it's not nearly as bad at CP as it is at my home park SFMM. Much more inner city crowd so they all wanna be the next Kobe

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Speaking as a ride host, I wish we had a no lose article policy for every ride or at least every coaster. It would help us out a lot. Some people do not have the urgency to get back to there seats in a timely fashion to send the train at interval.

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^Agreed. Plus there are always issues with people putting their iPhones in bins and someone spilling their souvenir cup all over and blaming the ride hosts. I remember one time (after we had been told that we weren't allowed to take items from guests and put them in the bins for them), a woman who was mad that we wouldn't take her $500 sunglasses and guard them for her threw the sunglasses at us as the train was leaving the station. Not fun.

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^Agreed. Plus there are always issues with people putting their iPhones in bins and someone spilling their souvenir cup all over and blaming the ride hosts. I remember one time (after we had been told that we weren't allowed to take items from guests and put them in the bins for them), a woman who was mad that we wouldn't take her $500 sunglasses and guard them for her threw the sunglasses at us as the train was leaving the station. Not fun.

She wasn't ejected from the park??? That's assault by definition...

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^To be clearer, I don't think she was trying to hurt us and actually hit us, it was more of a "here, these are your problem now" gesture. Still not acceptable behavior, but again this happened years ago and I don't entirely recall how it got resolved. I'm certain it ended up being handled appropriately. The part that stood out in my mind was a woman who chucked her sunglasses towards us after making a huge deal about how special they were.

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The simple solution is to do what six flags has done for the souvenir cups....put racks that are numbered on the platform to store the cups in.

 

Not only is it a convenience to the guests, but it would promote more sales of the cups as its less of a hassle. And it does not take enough time to impact ride operations to put the cup in it.

 

I think the big problem is not necessary the people with sunglasses or cell phones, but it's these people that have to carry a backpack and several other large items around with them. If it is medicine, than first aid can help hold it for you at no charge. If it's clothing, than either store it in the car, or pay a couple of dollars for a locker. I couldn't imagine having to carry a backpack around with me all day at a theme park.

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Magnum's bins have moved from being turned backwards in the station to under the station, so it is safe to assume that they are gone for good. A friend of mine who works at magnum said that they are now having issues with people jumping over fences to sneak bags into the queue. Also the area in front of the ride is being littered with peoples bags and cups. I understand there is only so much the person at the front entrance can do to stop this behavior, but I would like to see these left items thrown away or taken to lost and found to be claimed. It is annoying to pay for a locker and then see some kids stash their things behind a bench.

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I just went to Thorpe for the first time yesterday and was very pleased with their loose article policy that they have on some of the coasters (Saw, Stealth, X, and Swarm). They have a station where you hand them your bag, they put it in a cubby and hand you a wristband that had the corresponding number to the bin. When you get off the ride, you hand the worker the wristband and they get your bag. It worked really well (except for on Swarm as it was placed right at the merge of the normal, fast track, and backwards lines so there was no easy way to access it).

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At Kings Island yesterday I was surprised that at Diamondback the employees were taking the loose articles from the riders before they boarded and placed them in the bins themselves and at Banshee they had riders leave their flip flops and the employees would move them to the appropriate area.

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