When I go to an amusement park, there are many "strategies" I use to squeeze as many coaster rides as possible into a day. These strategies range from riding certain coasters first to seeing how long the lines are and going from there. Since it is the start of the roller coaster season, I thought it would be fitting to do a poll on your "plan of attack" at your local amusement park.
Hit the big rides first. This is most likely a logical strategy. Go for the big rides, before they get crowded, and then move on to the smaller rides. As most of the amusement park attendees are the general public, who tend to flock over to the biggest ride they see, this is often a good plan of attack.
Play it by ear. Often, while at a park, there seems to be some rides than have shorter lines than others. Normally, I have a plan to get the most out of the day, and have a coaster selected as the first ride of the day, but sometimes that plan changes. If I see a short line for a ride that will most likely be enjoyable, I might go for that one instead. Also, a coaster might be closed or in the testing phase where it would open later in the day, changing my plans.
Ride lower capacity coasters in the morning. In the amusement business, there are high capacity attractions and low capacity attractions. Due to restraint design, lack of mid-course-block-brakes, and other reasons, some rides leave their future riders inching through the line. If you ride the low capacity coasters in the morning, when the line hasn't built up yet, you could end up getting on the ride without a huge line.
What is your "plan of attack" at an amusement park? Please vote in the poll below.
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