Editorial: My amusement park pet peeves
Do you just have that one thing that could drive you INSANE in a park? I know we all have our little quirks, likes and dislikes. Mine stem from a long line of pet peeves that I have experienced growing up in parks. I've been visiting them for the last 25+ years and as a child it doesn't bug you, but as an adult...the list keeps growing. Here are a few of my pet peeves, which some of you may or may not like or agree with.
1. Basketballs. WHY OH WHY must parks give out inflated basketballs? Oh my lord, the bouncing all day long. EVERYWHERE they bounce! I especially love the giant inflated basketballs being bounced on the station platforms. Do people not realize how annoying that is? If I wanted to be around a bouncing basketball, I'd go to a Cavs game. Why can't parks just give out certificates for patrons to pick up the ball(s) at guest services on their way out of the park? Why can't we have a peaceful day without having a kid or teenager running around with a ball and them losing it and someone wiping out on it?
2. Smoking in lines (queues). There are some of us that don't smoke in this country. A lot of us actually follow the rules when standing in line. But there are some that just can't stop smoking before they get in line. Instead of sparing us that nasty smell in a closed and confined space, they get away with it. What's worse is I could go up to the attendant and let them know that someone was smoking, point them out and they say something like this, "Well I didn't see it so I can't do anything about it." Thanks for enforcing the rules pal! :-) I had something happen to my group once at Kings Island during Haunt. My group was on Diamondback and some MORON and I mean that with the utmost respect lit a cigarette up on the lift hill. Hot ashes went everywhere, ruining the ride for everyone towards the back of the train. They tried to get them to NOT open up the gate so the guy could get caught and they just let him go, no warning, no nothing. *I just shake my head at this one.*
3. While I know coaster enthusiasts don't make up a huge population of park revenues and attendance, but let me tell you, sometimes the general public are beyond ridiculous. It isn't even that they know this coaster goes 200 miles per hour and goes upside down 20 times. That just makes me laugh. It's lets be STUPID and ruin the ride for everyone else because we can. Case in point: My very last ride on Disaster Transport was supposed to be fun. It wasn't. In fact, it was pretty much ruined. DT sits 10 per train and the group of six behind us thought it was beyond hilarious to make Indian calls throughout the entire ride. It was so annoying that I had to plug my ears. Why do people do that? I don't think its funny. It is beyond me why people do that, or those teenagers that start blood curdling screaming on the lift hill. You know which ones I am talking about. I wonder if I can start bringing duct tape to parks to control that noise.
4. My last one for this part is a real winner. It's one thing if I am in a water park and I see teenagers and grown women in bikinis that barely cover up their parts, but I don't want to see that in a regular amusement park. I don't mind people that wear a one piece with a pair of shorts in a park. As long as they are covered up. Ladies...I don't want to see shorts so short that if you bend over we can see everything. It's not classy or lady-like. Make sure you look presentable. Too many times do I see children and teenagers looking like prostitots. (Yes, I made up that word.)
Maybe I am too conservative with clothing, but oh my, COVER UP. Men...pull up your damn pants. I don't want to see what kind of underwear you are wearing. It's called WEARING A BELT! They make them for a reason. Parks have a dress code for a reason. We are all there to have fun. Not who looks the most trashy! While I do see some parks really stick to those rules, the rest of them I never see it enforced.
So, what are your pet peeves? I am sure there are a TON more out there that I haven't even covered yet.