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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby steamedturtle » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:04 pm

i305isdaddy wrote:I really wish parks would just push the zippered shorts option. I've been wearing zippered shorts to parks for 15 years now and I've never had to worry about a single loose article.

They could even sell some $15 athletic shorts w/ zipped pockets at the entrance gift store. It ain't rocket science. This new reality of extreme airtime (thanks RMC and Intamin!) and everyone needing an iPhone at all times has led to a need for some creative solutions.


This. A thousand million times this. There could at the very minimum be a zippered shorts or jacket exception. But parks will often simply cater to the lowest common denominator.

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Postby JG-77 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:38 pm

The problem parks have with that isn't the zipper magically unzipping and the phone flying out: the problem is people putting their phones in their pockets, and as soon as they're dispatched they whip their phones out and start filming, and then the phones fly out of their hands.

I've seen it happen several times (people filming on rides, not necessarily them losing their phone), once it was even the person sitting next to me on S:ROS @ SFA (luckily I was able to convince him that it wasn't worth the risk before the ride began).
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:05 pm

People ruin everything. I'm impressed they're trying this option instead of just defaulting back to mandatory fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo.
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Postby coasterbill » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:54 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:People ruin everything. I'm impressed they're trying this option instead of just defaulting back to mandatory fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo.


Same.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:54 am

"Pardon me, sir. May I check your pockets to see if you have functioning zippers?"

"Sorry, but your buttoned pants don't meet the zipper pants requirement. Feel free to purchase our $15 'Ride and Wear' pants package at the front desk, where Fastlane Plus is sold."

Yeah, sounds like a great idea.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby bill_s » Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:17 am

I've had a zipper come open more than once and had to stop using it. Some seats (I305) seem determined to push stuff around in your pockets. Velcro seems more common and isn't as automatic as it seems. And then there was the time I thought my phone was in the car.

I kind of hate this development, but also have had experiences that show it could be needed.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:57 am

I usually have my phone, keys, and wallet in a zippered pocket and my camera in a Velcro pocket. I trust the zipper on all rides, but I am leery on the extreme airtime coasters with Velcro.
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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:58 am

We’re in line for Twisted Timbers now... it’s actually pretty clever.

If you set it off you get a red handstamp, if not you get a blue one. The ride ops check handstamps as they check the train and if you have one then they make sure you put your phone in the pouch. They get people through the metal detector quickly because you don’t need to clear it without setting it off, if you set it off they just stamp you and move on.

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby FeelTheFORCE » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:15 am

Glad to hear they've sorted things out!

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Re: Kings Dominion (KD) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:43 am

^^ Glad they thought it out!

Out of curiosity, are the pouches big enough to fit a wallet as well as phones and keys? I remember the ones at SFMM on Twisted Colossus being pretty tight.
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