No matter where your day takes you, if it involves being in public you are likely to run into one or two or maybe seventeen disrespectful, impolite or otherwise unpleasant people. Now, we'd all like to think that going to an amusement park would be a different experience. Unfortunately, these same unpleasant people find their ways to make a day meant to be entirely for fun just a bit less enjoyable if even for only a moment. When I speak of these people, I am not talking about employees at an amusement park (although on occasion it could be them - never at Canobie though, right?), I am talking about other guests. So, I've created a list of a few ways not to be "that person" while you visit amusement parks. It should be noted that some of these tips are in fact rules at most amusement parks and if you are disobedient enough, you can be ejected from the park.
1. Don't cut lines - Seriously people, everyone is waiting in the same line as you (even with a Fast Pass or the likes, you usually wait in line for some length of time). If you didn't learn to wait your turn growing up, now is your time to learn quickly. The average person calls this being fair. Cutting includes "Hey, my friends are up there I need to get by." My 3 friends and I are all waiting - what makes you so special that you do not need to wait?
2. Watch your language - Some of us are sailors and some us just talk like sailors. That being said, there are always young children around at amusement parks. Let the cuss words be heard on their car ride home when mom and dad are tired out from their long day, not from the stranger nearby at the park.
3. Listen to employees (Cast Members) - If a cast member states your child is too short to ride, you need a shirt to ride, asks you to secure your cell phone or mentions any other basic safety rule that you are required to follow do not argue with them. First off, the cast member is doing their job which is to keep you safe. Secondly, while you argue, 300 other people in line are being held up because you aren't letting the cast member load anyone onto the ride. Might I add, the other 300 people in line will agree with the cast member so you are just making yourself look like a fool. If you have a legitimate concern about a specific cast member, visit the guest services location at the park. Arguing with the cast member will get you nowhere except perhaps kicked off a ride.
4. Be aware of your surroundings - Have a giant group of people? Please do not stand motionless in the middle of a park path where nobody can walk around you. Standing in line? Keep your head up so that if the line moves you too move along so that everyone is that many steps closer to boarding. Walking or even running (another rule broken)? Keep your head up again - there are thousands of people in amusement parks. Bumping into them won't make anyone's day better - unless the bumping is occuring at Dodgem.
5. Understand guest with disability programs - Most parks have programs in place that allow guests with disabilities to bypass a line or have a reduced wait time at attractions. I've seen many people get upset while in line when they see others "cutting". This form of "cutting" is designed to simplify what otherwise could be a very strenuous experience for some guests. Instead of getting frustrated by this, be happy that you are capable of waiting in a queue. Do some people abuse these programs? Absolutely. Just like the ones who are disrespectful elsewhere in the park, they show up here too. That being said, overall most people utilizing such programs do have a valid reason whether you can see what it is or not.
6. Offer the person behind you your seat - Say what? Give up my spot on the next train for someone else? Yeah. What I am referring to here comes into play when you are at a park with a group. If in line for the Yankee Cannonball and you have a group of six but only four seats remain, step aside to let others pass so that the seats can be filled. If at the Corkscrew and your group of friends landed in a row with one more group of people in front of them than yours - instead of standing in everyone's way so that you can all board the next train together, let one group in front of you so that the train isn't sent with an empty row. In both of these examples, your group is still getting on the same ride cycle you would have been on yet, you also let another group on a cycle or two early. This will make that group happy but, it also makes the entire line move faster. Think about it, if all guests practiced this principle, wait times would decrease at least a bit. Yes, cast members often times attempt to make these groupings happen, but that takes extra time whereas if informed guests do this on their own everything moves a bit more swiftly.
All in all, if you simply be a decent human being and use the basic manners most learn as a child, all park goers will have a pleasant day. For those unfortunate brief moments that we do have to deal with terrible human beings, at least there are hours upon hours of our day where we do not need to see them. Really, I've left a line before simply to get away from guests that were irritating me. I'd rather take an extra five minutes to go on a different ride than spend 30 minutes in line with disrespectful guests. When in an amusement park, use the wonderful gift of your brain. Think, "while what I am doing may benefit me (such as cutting a line) will it make others angry?" To those people out there who are simply a-holes - shame on you. Your quality of life however probably isn't what you hoped it to be and for that we are sorry. Perhaps by being a better person at amusement parks and in public, your quality of life will improve. Amusement parks are meant to be fun, let's keep them that way!
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