Cross Body Purses

Friday, July 24, 2015 1:01 PM
Thabto's avatar

They should take them back to their room or vehicle. Things like that can hold up the line while they need to put their stuff in the bins. And I've seen those same people whining to the attendant at the entrance that they need to rent a locker for their items.


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Friday, July 24, 2015 1:07 PM
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Hat, glasses/sunglasses, glasses case, medicine, motion sickness medicine, sunscreen, poncho, just off the top of my head. And that's just for a single adult person. Believe it or not, I have actually seen entire families in the park before, some even have very young children, which surprisingly often have very different needs than single adults.

And that's just talking about stuff that's needed for a day in the park. Why do some enthusiasts get so judgmental if someone wants to carry additional comfort items with them? Things like pain reliever, a bottle of water, a jacket/sweatshirt, while not necessary for the I-visit-once-a-week club, can make a huge difference for the vast majority who don't visit that often.

It always amazes me just how insular and completely out of touch the enthusiast community can be. Enthusiasts seem to enjoy making fun of people who incorrectly identify which coaster they're in line for, or what the top speed is or whatever. They criticize folks for the fact that there are bins in stations, because that hurts capacity, and to an enthusiast, capacity is the single most important component of the amusement park experience. Then they criticize people who make an effort to efficiently carry their stuff, because it's unfashionable or whatever.

Look, to someone who visits once a week on average, walking out to the car to drop stuff off may not be a big deal, because you're talking about a 30 minute detour from what is probably 100+ hours in the park each season. For someone who visits once a year or less, that 30 minute detour is much more costly, both in terms of time and actual cost.


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Friday, July 24, 2015 1:20 PM
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djDaemon said:

and to an enthusiast, capacity is the single most important component of the amusement park experience.

What about those who don't visit as often as most of us here do? Anything that can cause a delay isn't good for those visitors. If you can save about 5 minutes on each ride, you can gain almost a whole extra hour and to once in a year or lifetime visitors, that's a huge difference.. I really wish they would fix those broken seats on Maverick, because that is killing capacity on that ride. Not all those once in a lifetime visitors are going to get Fast Lane either, so any time saved is great for them. For us, we can always ride something next time if the wait is too long. So capacity is very important to park guests.


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Friday, July 24, 2015 1:25 PM
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You're assuming that to the average visitor, the number of coaster rides is far and away the most important key to enjoying their annual visit. Given the number/breadth and popularity of sit-down restaurants, midway games, arcade games, live entertainment, souvenir shops, and things like the petting zoo, Frontier Trail, and so on, I think you may be overstating the importance of coaster capacity.


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Friday, July 24, 2015 1:27 PM
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clevelander said:

Does anyone else cringe at the sight of a fannypacks? I know, I know, to each his own but oh my god.

This guy would like to have a word with you:


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Friday, July 24, 2015 2:07 PM

djDaemon said:

TwistedWicker77 said:
Dear Lord, I hope not.

Gatekeeper2013 said:Sadly, I think he is right, take a look around next time you are at the park. It is a sad, sad sight.

clevelander said:
Does anyone else cringe at the sight of a fannypacks? I know, I know, to each his own but oh my god.

So, just so I have this correct...

Bins on rides are stupid, because no one (not even the family that visits amusement parks once every few years) should carry that much stuff. Everyone should be as adept at knowing what they'll need as a bunch of completely out-of-touch coaster dorks, after all.

Also, if someone does have a need to carry more than what they can fit in their pockets, and they choose a fanny pack to accomplish that, they're unfashionable dorks.

And last but not least, I've been to enough enthusiast events that I find it wildly amusing that anyone here would be criticizing the fashion choices of anyone else.

dj, I'm really not sure how you got all of that from the opinion of the "fashion" of fanny packs.

So are you saying that because I consider myself a coaster enthusiast, my fashion choices should and do reflect on what other enthusiasts wear? That's even more amusing to me.

EDIT: Now that I think of it, it's silly to argue about fashion choices on here.

Last edited by TwistedWicker77, Friday, July 24, 2015 2:08 PM
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Friday, July 24, 2015 2:07 PM

People walking around the park carrying their "stuff," souvenirs, stuffed animals, etc., don't bother me at all. They are the one's who have to figure out what do with it. The kids who bother me are the idiots bouncing basketballs down the midway and throwing them around without regard to who is around them. I've ben hit more than once. I keep telling myself the next time I'm throwing it over some fence.

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Friday, July 24, 2015 3:24 PM

^^^ Ooooo, the basketball bouncers make me go a bit crazy! I also have been hit more than once and think of chucking the bballs over some fence, into a lagoon or back at the person who threw it. Not to mention the seemingly endless sound of "smack, smack, smack, smack" everywhere you go now. Would love them all to be flattened and thrown away.

I have been turned away from various rides and told my cross body pouch had to go into a locker. I have found that a wristlet type pouch works well. I can bring the essentials and still take it on all the rides.

As for the fanny pack comeback- To each their own I say. If you want to wear a fanny pack and find it useful then rock that fanny pack! If I ever go back to the fanny pack you'll know. It will be the most ostentatious looking one I can find. Then I'll add glitter and the Raptor eye to the front just in case you're not sure it's me, lol!

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Friday, July 24, 2015 3:24 PM

I remember when it was talked about in 2012 that they would start giving non inflated basketballs as prizes instead of inflated ones. Unfortunately it doesn't look like that idea took off. I couldn't tell you how many times a day I saw the Three Point Challenge workers wasting time inflating the basketballs in the old Chaos break area every day.

IIRC, Kings Island used to have non inflated basketballs as prizes. Not sure if that's still the case.

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Friday, July 24, 2015 4:48 PM
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As for what I take into a park with me, I'm like Thabto: phone, ID, one credit or debit card, cash, car key. Sometimes my digital camera. But different people have different needs. That's cool.

(I can understand a WTF reaction to what some folks carry with them. At the theater, more than once, we've had a woman heave her giant tote bag onto the counter. She gets asked for ID. She calls her husband over; he has her ID in his wallet. I always want to go through her tote bag to see what is so vitally important to have with her whilst watching a show in a dark theater that there's no room in there for her ID.)


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Friday, July 24, 2015 5:46 PM
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On an average trip to the park I carry a wallet, my car keys(just the car I drove) a camera, a bottle of Gatorade and depending on the time of the month other stuff. I have perfected the cargo pocket method, even sewing velcro in for extra safety of my items. The only time this isn't sufficient is when I need to carry rain ponchos and we haven't completely perfected a system for that yet. I do however realize that many women will feel the need to bring more and aren't willing to wear the same pair of mens cargo shorts to the park every time they go like I do.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 12:02 AM

Then buy two pair!

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Monday, July 27, 2015 10:42 AM
3snoH un=l's avatar

I used to wear a mini crossbody purse but since they have restricted that I have succumbed to a mini fanny pack. I would prefer the mini crossbody, it feels less restraining. I don't care about the fashion if that's all CP allows. I think it's the idea of a fanny pack is what bothers people. Really, a small fanny pack to me is less restraining or warm on the body than an unsightly backpack. I wear my fanny pack on my hip where my crossbody would fall, it is less hot there than on my back or front.

I've said this before, I am really annoyed Banshee was designed to not even allow fanny packs. I can wear one on Gatekeeper but they made the vests on Banshee so that a waist pack, even a small one, cannot fit. I think the restraints on Banshee are too confining and don't see how the kind on Gatekeeper couldn't have worked.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:57 AM
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^ ^ I make a point of doing laundry between park trips and that method seems to work out well ;)

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 5:59 PM

Paisley, I was referring to women who won't wear the same pair of shorts (or any item of clothing) to the park every time they go. Sorry if you thought I was talking about you.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:37 PM

Well, I ended up wearing my good ole "Cedar Point" shorts. These trips are the only time I wear them. Four cargo pockets and I was good to go. I did see women with cross body purses and some people with fanny packs.

However, they would be hard to work with when riding GK.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 7:55 PM
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Bluestreaker said:

Paisley, I was referring to women who won't wear the same pair of shorts (or any item of clothing) to the park every time they go. Sorry if you thought I was talking about you.

No problem. I actually do wear the same pair of shorts every time I go until it gets too cold. They fit everything just perfect so that it doesn't squash in the restraints and I don't care who sees me wear them over and over. I'm not one of them kind :) I took one of those facebook quizzes for "How girly are you?" and only scored 23%

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:56 PM

I think I've posted these pants before but I think every female who rides coasters regularly needs them. Feminine enough fit, pockets big enough for phones, cards, and "monthly items", and they're water resistant. They have capris, skorts, and shorts too!

http://www.eddiebauer.com/product/women-39-s-horizon-roll-up-pants/...002_en__US

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:54 AM

3snoH un=l said:
...I've said this before, I am really annoyed Banshee was designed to not even allow fanny packs. I can wear one on Gatekeeper but they made the vests on Banshee so that a waist pack, even a small one, cannot fit. I think the restraints on Banshee are too confining and don't see how the kind on Gatekeeper couldn't have worked.

The seats on Banshee are basically the same as the seats on GateKeeper. I can tell you from experience that my camera bag (small 'fanny pack' containing a 2009-vintage Sony camcorder) fits very nicely on Banshee, tucking into the space either above or below the armrest, just as it does on GateKeeper. The difference is that about a week after Banshee opened, Kings Island decided on a 'bring no bags' policy which makes very little sense.

Carowinds has done the same with Fury 325, which could accommodate my camera bag more easily than Diamondback does. And yet it's not permitted on Fury 325, but I don't think I have ever ridden Diamondback without it.

Personally, I think Dollywood has the best policy on Wild Eagle: if it interferes with the restraints, it is not permitted. If it doesn't interfere, it's OK. That's not the original policy on Wild Eagle (a friend rode that it's first year and was told that he couldn't bring the park-supplied Q-Bot along...) but that's how it is now.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:32 PM
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Thanks, Dave, however I had found the vests on Banshee all surrounding, whereas, Gatekeeper is cut where there is a hole under the arm by the hip where my fanny pack goes. I haven't ridden it this year, though, so when I do, I will have to look again. I just remember Banshee's vests covered everything, which I thought was overkill.


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