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^That's good to hear. Usually the apps are kind of pointless.

 

I'm going to Carowinds on August 1st and 2nd. If I want to choose a row and they don't let me, what do I do if they still refuse after I ask? I would like someone to do a social experiment of sorts, where they try to ignore, ask repeatedly after being told "no", or debate the seat-assigners and try to manage to pick your seat on every ride. It's probably stupid, but I think that's a cool idea.

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I would like someone to do a social experiment of sorts, where they try to ignore, ask repeatedly after being told "no", or debate the seat-assigners and try to manage to pick your seat on every ride.

 

I like the way you worded that. Calling what you described a "social experiment" makes it sound more appealing than calling it by it's traditional name of "acting like a f**king insufferable dick all day".

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I was going to say "act like an immature @$$hole, but I like the way you said it better.

 

How about if they say no, then suck it up and don't give the workers a hard time when they're just doing their jobs? Is that really such a hard concept to grasp?

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So when I was at Carowinds, I noticed these outside and all around Chick-fil-A. Wonder if they could be for the flats?

 

Any way, my first trip to Carowinds was awesome, to some leaves. Few months back, I was at work and asked Fehnel how crowds would be at the park. He said they shouldn't be to bad since their peak time in spring break. A little worried about how they would be giving it was the weekend after four of July, I went hoping for the best. And that's what I got. The 95 degree heat might of kept some people away, but that didn't stop me.

 

Got to the park Friday night, but a storm rolled through right after I got there, so that was a a waste of two hours.

 

Saturday got to the park around 11am. The sun was shinning but the coasters were roaring. Entered through the south gate hoping to hit up after burn right away, but unfortunately it didn't open until later in the day. So first ride would be intimidator, and I was amazing. First drop was awesome and the airtime hills were thrilling. Next on the list was Nighthawk, and that was a mistake. Waited an hour for the worst ride of my life. Then I headed on over to fury 325. I was a little scared not gonna lie. The night before I was buckled in, lap bar checked, ready to go when they closed for weather. So I was even more ready to go on. The ten minute wait was nice, but walking up and getting front row on my first ever ride was even nicer. This ride is perfect. The drop, the speed, the smoothness, everything is perfect. I think gatekeeper my still be my number one coaster, but I think fury is very very very close behind. My favorite part of the ride is going through the S-curves.

 

After that, I went and hit up the water park. The new wave pool is nice, thought it was bigger. Since when did parks alot tubes in a wave pool? A few kids had them and I was a little confused. After the water park, Chick-fil-A was the choosen one for food. Then came after burn since it finally opened, and it was better than Banshee in my opinion. Favorite invert by far. Then came another spin on fury and called it a day.

 

All in all, other than the heat, I enjoyed Carowinds and will be making trips down there in the next few years.

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I think gatekeeper my still be my number coaster, but I think fury is very very very close behind. My favorite part of the ride is going through the S-curves.

 

Hah! I think you just made history with that comment, brother!

 

Glad to see you enjoyed your trip. Fury really put Carowinds on the map.

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I was going to say "act like an immature @$$hole, but I like the way you said it better.

 

How about if they say no, then suck it up and don't give the workers a hard time when they're just doing their jobs? Is that really such a hard concept to grasp?

Sorry, it seems like there is a bit of a misunderstanding. If I decide to spend time and money to get to a park 10 hours away, I honestly do not feel guilty for "annoying" an employee who is strict enough to lessen a guest's experience over a rule that doesn't have any purpose. If the operator would just let you choose a row if you ask, that's fine. But in my opinion, an operator who constantly refuses to let the paying customers of a park choose their own row is being the @$$hole in that case, and I just believe that they should be treated as such. But I do see your point at how my previous comment wasn't thought-out well.

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I was going to say "act like an immature @$$hole, but I like the way you said it better.

 

How about if they say no, then suck it up and don't give the workers a hard time when they're just doing their jobs? Is that really such a hard concept to grasp?

Sorry, it seems like there is a bit of a misunderstanding. If I decide to spend time and money to get to a park 10 hours away, I honestly do not feel guilty for "annoying" an employee who is strict enough to lessen a guest's experience over a rule that doesn't have any purpose. If the operator would just let you choose a row if you ask, that's fine. But in my opinion, an operator who constantly refuses to let the paying customers of a park choose their own row is being the @$$hole in that case, and I just believe that they should be treated as such. But I do see your point at how my previous comment wasn't thought-out well.

He or she's getting paid to do a job and they are doing that job. What part of that is difficult to understand?

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I was going to say "act like an immature @$$hole, but I like the way you said it better.

 

How about if they say no, then suck it up and don't give the workers a hard time when they're just doing their jobs? Is that really such a hard concept to grasp?

Sorry, it seems like there is a bit of a misunderstanding. If I decide to spend time and money to get to a park 10 hours away, I honestly do not feel guilty for "annoying" an employee who is strict enough to lessen a guest's experience over a rule that doesn't have any purpose. If the operator would just let you choose a row if you ask, that's fine. But in my opinion, an operator who constantly refuses to let the paying customers of a park choose their own row is being the @$$hole in that case, and I just believe that they should be treated as such. But I do see your point at how my previous comment wasn't thought-out well.

 

There's no misunderstanding. I understood perfectly. The groupers are being paid to do a job. They didn't come up with the policy, they're just doing their jobs. Ask nicely but don't be an a**hole if they say no. It's not their fault.

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The only assigned seating that's really all that bad is that on rides where the row you want to go to isn't full (the front row on a B&M and a group of two that asks isn't allowed to sit with the other group of two in the front row when they're the only ones there? wtf?) or if it's a coaster where it's only good in one row.

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^

 

I was going to say "act like an immature @$$hole, but I like the way you said it better.

 

How about if they say no, then suck it up and don't give the workers a hard time when they're just doing their jobs? Is that really such a hard concept to grasp?

Sorry, it seems like there is a bit of a misunderstanding. If I decide to spend time and money to get to a park 10 hours away, I honestly do not feel guilty for "annoying" an employee who is strict enough to lessen a guest's experience over a rule that doesn't have any purpose. If the operator would just let you choose a row if you ask, that's fine. But in my opinion, an operator who constantly refuses to let the paying customers of a park choose their own row is being the @$$hole in that case, and I just believe that they should be treated as such. But I do see your point at how my previous comment wasn't thought-out well.

 

I actually agree with what you're saying, except to say that the true "@$$holes" in this situation would be the people in charge of implementing this asinine policy across the Cedar Fair chain. If Matt Ouimet walked up to me and asked him what one thing CF could do to make their park experiences better, without a doubt, elimination of all assigned seating from the chain's parks would be off my tongue before he finished the question. To blame the ride worker for enforcing a rule that he/she has been told to enforce, is misguided, though I understand your frustration (Fury is my #1 coaster, and I've never even ridden it in the front due to this ridiculous policy.) If an op lets you choose when you ask nicely, in a sense, going against his superiors, then that's very nice of him/her, if not a little risky personally. But to expect it, and not get it, doesn't make them the @$$hole. I think that's where the backlash against your post is coming from...

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I don't think they should get rid of assigned seating, but they should modify it to be more like suggested seating like the Herschend parks do on their popular coasters. They let you request certain rows if that's what you want, no problem there. Assigned seating does improve capacity and reduce the clutters of cramped people waiting in the station, but it can get very annoying.

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I don't think they should get rid of assigned seating, but they should modify it to be more like suggested seating like the Herschend parks do on their popular coasters. They let you request certain rows if that's what you want, no problem there. Assigned seating does improve capacity and reduce the clutters of cramped people waiting in the station, but it can get very annoying.

 

I agree here. I like the older process where they just limited people into the station but you could choose where you wanted to sit. So long as there are minimal empty seats, what's the big deal?

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I usually just throw a fit and call the row assigner racist bigot. After a little crying, loud cursing, some vocal fry, and a lengthy explanation about how their policy makes no sense, I usually just pick whatever row I want. Security tries to throw me out, but I just threaten to sue at that point and record everything on my phone.

 

If you want any more pointers on how to do whatever the hell you want, just because you're a traveling paying customer, pick up the book: Handbook for the Spoiled Rotten Millennial

 

Or you can just not let the policy ruin your day and appreciate the fact that the ride is pumping out 45 trains an hour.

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^Looks like someone needs to learn how to accept opposing opinions without spewing immature insults.

 

Yes, I understand that the seat-assigner is just doing their job, and I now know that not all of them are going to be dicks, only a select few. Thanks for all of your kind suggestions.

 

It's still a terrible policy, though. Just saying...

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^Looks like someone needs to learn how to accept opposing opinions without spewing immature insults.

 

No. You don't have to accept an opposing opinion when the opposing opinion is that you should ignore all of the park staff, argue with park staff and be a complete dick all day which by the way is much more "immature" than that post.

 

PS: That post was amazing

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I hope it's pieces aren't sitting out in the sun somewhere

 

Do you think they're going to put a giant tarp over it every night after it's built?

 

Well, they do have a giant tarp over it now...

 

So you never know.

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I get it but you do realize we're millennials too, right?

Oh I get it, which is why I boast my old school mentality without shame.

^Looks like someone needs to learn how to accept opposing opinions without spewing immature insults.

Dude... come talk to me when you're old enough to vote or go to a park without your parents dropping you off. One day you'll be mature enough to realize just how immature we all are.

 

The bottom line is if you get denied for a particula row 10 times, why not just quietly walk to your row of choice once or twice? I'm not advocating constantly breaking the rules and I'm not saying do it every time. Either way, I most definitely don't agree with getting into a pissing match with the row assigner, who has one job and is making $10 an hour. As people said before, it's not going to kill anyone to quietly select your row occasionally. Even if the row assigner does see this happen, they'll likely not say anything or care. I saw it many times during my trip. The world will still go around and you probably won't upset anyone.

 

I find it funny that no one has the balls to break this tiny rule once or twice, but people never hesitate to be internet warriors. As for displaying a hurricane of emotions over something as insignificant as not being able to pick a row of choice on a roller coaster, people deserve to be made fun of.

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^I just said in my last post that I understand that I won't have to annoy the operators or be a dick in real life. And if you want to stay bitter that a teenager thought your mediocre joke was stupid, go ahead, I really don't care anymore.

 

So since we've been spamming the thread with boring topics and cheap insults, let's talk about the actual rides.

 

When I visit the park I'm planning on going to on Fury 325, Intimidator, Afterburn, Carolina Cobra, Carolina Cyclone, Carolina Goldrusher, Wind Seeker, Drop Tower, Scream Weaver, Woodstock Gliders, Woodstock Express, and the new Plants vs. Zombies thing. Are there any other good non-coaster rides I should try? And I'd like to hear people's opinions on Nighthawk, Vortex and Hurler, since I've heard that a lot of people don't like them. And as for any of the other coasters, I'd get on them if there was no line or if I did everything I actually wanted to do first.

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One of the downfalls of the park is that there aren't a lot of good non-coaster rides, including the absence of a train or a log flume.

 

I don't like flyers and I don't like Firehawk, but Nighthawk wasn't bad during my one and only ride. It's worth a try and the setting is nice.

 

Vortex might be my least favorite B&M standup I've ever ridden, and I got a ride on Iron Wolf when it was still at SFGam. Hurler is absolutely worthless to me, unless I just feel like taking ibuprofen for some reason.

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I'd like to hear people's opinions on Nighthawk, Vortex and Hurler

 

I like Nighthawk, I like Vortex but have no idea why. Hurler is the textbook definition of mediocrity. It's not good, it's not bad, it's just there. Southern Star is a fun flat if you're into that type of thing but yeah, this park sucks in the non coaster department. The Sky Tower is nice, I like Windseekers, Plants vs Zombies is fun but aside from that I don't really care and even those aren't amazing. They have a Boo Blasters if you want some air conditioning. They need a flume and they need it desperately.

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