shane235 wrote:While I was at the park on Sunday I noticed a man walking away from Fury's plaza who was yelling at a Carowinds worker. The worker was just a custodian who was sweeping the ground, and she looked confused as this man practically screamed at her about not being able to get on Fury. He was saying "Do you know how much I payed to get in this f****** place?". I was amazed at how rude someone could be, especially to someone who didn't even work for Fury! As he left, the worker walked by us and muttered about how she doesn't even work that ride and how it wasn't her fault. I'm assuming that he couldn't get on Fury because he had loose articles with him, but still, they have signs and people EVERYWHERE telling you that. People need to just fork up the 2 dollars and deal with it. I personally like the locker system! They are super cheap, and I usually spend my time near Fury anyway! .....so that was just my rant of the day....
I'll add to this rant.
I like the locker system too. No, I love it. I hope to see it expanded or enhanced in some way so that it is that way for ALL rides with multiple trains. The same length of line on Fury moves so much faster than Intimidator, that Intimidator is now a complete waste of space in the park (and it should not be).
I think the best announcement that Carowinds could make for the 2016 season... a great many more locker rooms built throughout the park and near all major rides, with very reasonable prices by the hour and all day capabilities
allowing guests unlimited access to re-open them. The absolute biggest complaint about amusement parks is the time spent standing in lines. Carowind's "bins to hold your worthless crap" in the stations and the chaos of the loading passengers crossing over the trains (instead of boarding and buckling in) to put their crap in the bins and the unloading passengers all getting in each other's way to use theese bins, on every single train load, is simply stupid. Beyond stupid.
Maybe it was fine when Carowinds was tiny local oddity, with low attendance, that was always teetering on the brink of bankruptcy to have these bins in the station. I don't know. I don't care. Those days are gone. It's now time to retire the bins and address the easiest way of improving the the worst aspect of amusement parks, the long time waiting in lines.
(granted no matter how many hundreds of signs stating this policy, and recorded messages blasted through speakers and on FUN Tv, and park personnel they have to inform guests of the policy... it will always be a complete surprise to 50% of park visitors in the stations)
And about the jerks in the park? Ya know what? The single best experience I had at Carowinds was on Halloween night last year. It was pretty much all teenagers. They were all so well behaved, polite and respectful. I said something to my wife about about it at the time as we were going to leave that night. I remember it because I was so pleasantly surprised. I said, "Ya know, this may be the best behaved large group of kids I've ever witnessed in my life." I saw one kid jump a line, one time, the whole night. I have been appalled by the way the guests have been this year. And it's not the kids. It's the "parents with kids" that are the worst line jumpers and all around obnoxious jerks. It happens in every line, on every ride, and it's the whole damn extended families that are the worst (moms, dads, kids, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers-in-laws etc) offenders. 3 of them are in line... and then allow 7 more to jump past dozens (or hundreds) of others in line. On the school band days on Fridays? It was the chaperons and teachers that were encouraging all their kids to jump the line in front of 100 other paying guests. I can only wish Carowinds made good on the empty threat of kicking these jerk families and groups out of the park. The one time I saw a Carowinds employee say something to one big family of line jumpers (this past Sunday), it was the MOM that started yelling back at the employee (of course she was yelling that her family had the right
to jump a hundred people in line).