The Theme Parks Aren’t Water Parks People

Have you ever gone through one of the Disney theme parks to see parents stripping their child / children down to underwear, and letting them run through water?  I have seen this, and find it very inappropriate.  Today we were in the Animal Kingdom park, and at the restroom area near Kali River Rapids witnessed parents disrobing their children down to their underwear, and letting them play in the water sprayers.  Some of us don’t want to see your kids in their skivies. 

People… Go, and pay for admission to one of the water parks.  It is more appropriate to be in a bathing suit at a water park.  Can anyone actually say that they wouldn’t mind a woman, or man in a bikini playing in the water?  I think this would be very alarming, and also inappropriate.  I am not just referring to that specific water sprayer area.  There are other locations that I have witnessed this.  A few others are the water area in Downtown Disney, the water area in Epcot just before World Showcase, and there are others around the world.  Children belong clothed fully when they are out in public.  You can look at it this way… Moms may find it cute for this to happen.  If women played in the water, then Dads would find this cute.  If men played in the water, then women would find that cute.  It is all in the eye of the beholder.

For many reasons Please use swimming pools, or water parks.  Allowing children to swim / play in fountains in the theme parks would be like getting an instant life insurance quote as you walk into a hospital.  Probably great concept, but very wrong.

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Fastpass Getting Overhaul???

I have read a few articles about Disney making some changes to the existing Fastpass system.  The Fastpass is a system that allows visitors to get tickets to go to a ride at a later time without as much of a wait.

Well, I have just read that they are running tests on their new system…

Orlando Sentinel’s Theme Park Rangers
July 24, 2009

Disney currently is testing the concept of centralized FastPass station at Animal Kingdom. When I visited yesterday afternoon, there were six machines in operation in the area that once was the FastPass distribution area for It’s Tough to Be a Bug. Three attractions were available at two stations apiece. You could get passes for Dinosaur, Expedition Everest and the Kilimanjaro Safaris. You could still get FastPasses at those individual attractions as well.

Remember, this is a test and a work in progress. Certainly, signage would be better and it would be listed on guide maps were it to become reality.

Another bugaboo, to me, was that you could not tell what time you were going to get BEFORE you put your ticket into the machine or what the current wait time was at that attraction. (The cast member there was happy to tell me the times it was currently distrubting, but that’s labor-intensive.).

I liked that the machines were designated by logo of the attraction, although the Dino Institute design doesn’t scream DINOSAUR like the Everest or Safaris signs. And they were low to the ground and hard to see if someone were actually using the machine.

FastPass is confusing enough to newbies, and the cast members spent a lot of time there explaining how it works and how this test is working. Of course, there were people trying to get FastPasses for It’s a Bug’s Life there still.

I got a FastPass for Everest, and it told me to arrive at 12:40 p.m. I think walked over to Everest, which took five minutes or so, and the FastPasses there were being distributed for 12:55. Made sense.

I’m not a huge FastPass fan, though my fellow Rangers can’t live without it. What exactly Disney is testing for is not clear. However, a front-line cast member pal of mine is totally in favor of centralizing FastPass. He says he spends untold hours at the entrance explaining to guests how FP works (and measuring the height of kids, but that’s another problem, one that he wants to wristband kids for.).

What do you think about this change?  I personally like the old system.

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