Last week I got to hang with some of my favorite people – Parks & Recreation professionals. I was speaking at their annual conference. After my 1st session I decided to head over to Disney California Adventure for some decompression and fun.
But how happy was I when I found out about “The Single Rider” pass. Woo-Hoo!!!!
Yep, if you’re a single rider you get sent on a different line. Most often a faster line. So when someone is the 3rd or 5th wheel; you make them feel a bit better by having someone to sit with. It also helps the “cast members” trying to move the line along as they no longer have to listen to people whine about being separated from their party.
But what I found on the single rider line was not what I expected…..
I was the rare single rider. Or at least what I thought Single Rider meant. It seems that the rules are subject to interpretation.
Most people were couples or friends who just didn’t want to wait in line. They wanted to get on the ride. Faster. They didn’t care about experiencing the thrill seated next to their spouse, partner, significant other, friend, parent or child. They just wanted to get on the ride.
Or maybe a divorced dad and his daughter really are “single” people? A couple not legally married; perhaps they could be considered single? Widowed Grandma and the two grandkids. All single?
I guess I thought part of the experience of a thrill park is sharing the thrills with the people with whom you walked through the gates. Is it no longer fun to see the terror on your friend’s face? Or tease your little brother? It’s all about getting on quicker, I guess.
Or maybe they were texting their terror to one another?
Now I did have fun “outing” people on the line. I’ll talk to anyone; and it was within moments that I knew the two or three people (or the entire family) were together. And they didn’t seem to care whether they were breaking a rule or not. They just wanted to get on the ride faster.
But I guess it makes sense, we’re all rushing to get to the next thing these days anyway.
Or maybe there is a deeper message…….that people really do wish they were single? As for me I can’t wait to go to my next theme park…….alone or not! I’ll have a good time either way.
Maybe Disney can set up a task force or focus group to get to the bottom of what Single Rider really means.
And if you get to Disney California Adventure be sure not to miss the California Screamin roller coaster! It’s a blast. Literally….. from the beginning!