The Code of the Park Hackers The Rules

October 21, 2016 | 3 Minute Read

I share these "hacks" and tips, not to cheat the park in any way. The goal is to help you to have a better experience within the park's rules and product offerings. An amusement park is a business and they set up rules and price options with a goal to stay in business and to make a profit. If we want the park to remain open and to continually improve, we should make sure that our exploits do not steal from the park, harm the park’s reputation or intrude on the quality of the experience of other visitors.

You should not lie about ages of children, transport illegal or prohibited items or substances into the park or use dishonesty to invent nasty arguments for the purpose of stressing the park employees into giving you goods or services that you haven’t purchased. I’ve seen this behavior first hand and it disgusts me.

I was in line for a drink refill in action zone. The line was long and moving very slowly. This was in the early pre-summer season, so there were four employees standing around while one was waiting on customers. There was a woman who swooped up from the side, interrupting our slow progress. She had a green cup in hand, this season’s one-day free and $1 per refill version that cost about $10. She was shouting and cussing about how she was going to call the manager or the police because she was sold the wrong cup. The other cup, the orange one costs $25. She made a big scene, trying in vain to get more customers on her side. Most of us could see what happened, and the murmurs of the employees who had been present during round one, an earlier altercation, confirmed the scam she was trying to pull. On a previous day, she paid the lower price for the green cup, enjoyed refills that day and then on following days, she expected to fight for the same refills, which now should have been $1 a pop. I bet she didn’t even buy the first cup and was loaned the cup. She was trying to get free drinks that she didn’t pay for. Over a season, the $25 cup is an incredible bargain! Don’t try to force the employees to give something you didn’t buy. Her argument was thin. You could see as she stormed off that she was just used to giving it a shot. She had no shame at causing a scene to save one dollar.

My request is that you learn the rules, learn the price options, choose what you want, make a plan, be prepared to shift your behavior if conditions change. Staying flexible, reading a situation as early as possible and adapting will greatly improve your chances to elevate the experience for everyone around you.

Love your neighbor. Pleasant customers get treated far better by employees. If you see something not up to proper standards, there is a way to report it properly. Getting in the face of a stressed and inexperienced teenager will not help anyone. Find a manager and politely make them aware of something that is not in order.

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