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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Dumbest Design in Disney World

Normally Disney is the best of the best when it comes to designing theme parks. They know how to queue, move, and direct people like no one else. However there is one ride that has a design flaw that drives me crazy.

The queue for Test Track has an awful design flaw in it that will one day cause violence. I know I normally exaggerate things but this time I am not exaggerating or trying to be funny.

After the pre-show the doors open on your right and you enter the final part of the queue. In this section you walk to the left. Here is where the flaw comes in. There are multiple pre-show rooms. When the final section of the queue backs up you end up in a scenario where one pre-show group dumps into a line instead of at the end of it. Of course they are not going to wait for the end of the line. Instead they cut everyone else who has already been waiting.

This is bad news. One of these days “Line Rage” is going to kick in and someone’s going to start swinging. I really hope before this happens the queue gets a small tweak. The easiest tweak is to just keep the doors shut until you know the group won’t dump into an existing line.

The more expensive fixes involve creating one large pre-show room or making two separate lines that take turns loading. Each preshow room would dump into a specific line.

In my opinion you will not see Disney do anything about this problem until someone gets hurt. Knowing how little patience people have I’d say that will happen sooner than later.

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