bellicoaster wrote:I'm sick to death of systems that reward those with more expendable cash. Keep it out of Wonderland , please!
That's just life though... those who have more money are capable of purchasing more. There are those who cannot even afford admission into the park, there are others who can invest in a single trip every year or so, there are season pass holders who frequent the park, etc. The only way to "keep it out of Wonderalnd" would be to eliminate admission costs and drink, food and merchandise prices... at that point, you may as well shut-down the park.
I'll be surprised if Fast Lane did not
come to CW next year. Despite the initial hatred amongst both park fanatics and the facebook "fans", Kings Island's Fast Lane proved hugely successful in 2011... which is probably why the Fright Lane spin-off was introduced at KI, KBF, CW and several other parks.
Regarding the program itself, a few random thoughts...
-Even if it is to only bypass a few people, there are still people willing to invest in the service. Therefore, there are no rides that shouldn't
have Fast Lane. Look at Kings Island- we have it on the bumper cars, swinging ship, children's log flume, etc. And I expect the list to be even longer next year.
-Despite what the whole of facebook seems to think, making the program free (or even extremely cheap) to season pass holders is a stupid idea. If CW is anything like KI, then a massive percentage of park guests are season pass holders. Although the benefit would definitely boost season pass sales, it'd destroy the purpose behind Fast Lane- to shorten the wait. Everybody and their mother would be in the Fast Lane for every ride, making those lines longer than the regular ones.
-The service is also not necessarily intended for the die-hard fans or the frequent park visitors. It's for the families who rarely visit for whatever reason and want to make the most out of their time at the park. For example, my family lives down in Ohio. We visited CW once, back in the summer of 2009. Had the program been available, we would've taken advantage of it and paid for it, knowing it'd be years until we returned to the park.
-Kings Island's program allows you through the Fast Lane unlimited times for all available rides. Although steps are taken to avoid Fast Lane guests from overtaking the ride (so many Fast Lane guests are let on, then so many regular guests, etc.), the regular queue times can still become a bit extensive. Therefore I wish that KI (and all other parks to adopt the program) would limit guests to one-time through each attraction (and possibly offer a Fast Lane Plus, which would allow unlimited times through each attraction). Adding more rides to the available list would also help this.