An editorial rant, of sorts
As I have been running this website a few months, I am still new to making everything run like clock work. However, it isn't like I don't know my way around either. It's the off-season, everyone is moody. We all need an airtime fix, fresh air, sunshine, the smells and sounds of a park. It's what makes us tick. It is what makes us feel alive!
As the off-season is chugging along this is where we tend to get excited for parks because of all the announcements they make for their new additions. This gets us in the mood to really get excited and the anticipation sets in for the spring. Back just about ten years ago, you had to wait until TV commercials popped up for a new ride or a newspaper article. Now, heck you can sneak photos of construction, find out insider information, etc. Sometimes, it even ruins the fun.
This morning, on Facebook, a park (that I will remain nameless for now) announced their 2012 attraction. It wasn't a coaster or a dippin' dots stand, but a very BIG flat ride. I thought it was an appropriate fit for that park and the ride it replaced will make it a better capacity rather than a maintenance nightmare.
The patrons of that page are screaming and whining about how "I won't ride that, it will make me sick!" or this one is my particular favorite, "They took out _______ for this?! It's the same ride as ________!" Granted, I know they are the general public and they have a right to their own opinions, but seriously you are complaining about at least a 4-5 million dollar ride installation?!
Instead of being grateful that the park is installing ANYTHING at all, they are whining children. What has this world come to? While I am sure people wanted a roller coaster at this particular park, one was just installed just about two years ago. Apparently, they expect more and more when the park is really kind of locked in. (Am I giving away who I am talking about yet?)
At this point, it just bothers me anymore. We go out to different parks all over the world to have fun and get away from life and stress. At this point, people just don't want to have fun anymore? Or if they do, it has to be on their terms. They just can't accept it and move along? I bet you 99% of those people complaining now have no idea what the ride is like and will end up riding it a lot during the next season. In my opinion, it seems like people should think before they post on the internet. Or at least when you are posting, make a valid point. Make an argument for and against. Get discussion going instead of whining.
As I tend to get older some of the stuff I see at parks, on the internet message boards and websites and everywhere it seems like everyone is always entitled to their opinion but choose not to listen to anyone else.
When it comes down to it, as long as people are plopping down ticket prices for any amusement park, the parks will still expand and grow, add and get rid of attractions that are fan-favorites, and figure things out in this economy. At this point I am just grateful that I have the opportunity to visit amusement parks, meet amazing people and get to know a lot of professionals in this industry. Without all of that, I think we all would be pretty bored!
So, let's make this a debate/discussion about this. I would love to hear the opinions and debate!