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From a GPS tracker to smart queues: The changing dynamics of modern theme parks

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Theme parks are one of those areas where technology is there for all to see. Whether you went twenty years ago, or twenty days ago – it’s environments like this which really do get the best out of technology, at least in the eye of the general public.

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For a lot of years it has been the rides which have been heavily focused on, and rightly so. However, we’re starting to see waves of new technology which impact the in-park experience to extremes that we never thought were possible. Here, we’ll take a look at some of these developments, to highlight how hi-tech the theme park really has become.

Keeping track of the kids

From a safety perspective, there’s no doubt that this has been one of the big developments in the industry. With that being said, it’s not the industry itself which have devised the traditional GPS tracker – but theme parks are certainly one environment in which these contraptions can work absolute wonders.

As we all know, in the middle of summer, these places can be so full that you can barely move. We’re talking about tens of thousands of people congregating in one park and suffice to say, it’s quite easy for someone to become lost in seconds.

Traditionally, wrist bands would be handed out to small children in case the above did happen. The rise of the GPS tracker means that this isn’t necessary now – and parents can find their little ones in a breeze by locating them through one of the devices.

The end of queuing?

Next on the list is a serious pet hate for any theme park enthusiast. Considering the fact that the parks tend to contain more rides than most of us have time to go on anyway, the fact that some demand a queue time of two hours or sometimes longer is frustrating to say the least.

This is why we have been impressed by the smart queuing philosophy. This effectively means that people are queuing on their phone, and simply turn up to the entrance of the ride when their designated time is shown.

There will be occasions, especially in peak periods, where it might be a little difficult to orchestrate. However, there’s no doubt it’s come as a monumental improvement for most people.

An app which actually helps your experience

This next point follows perfectly from the previous one we have discussed. For the theme parks that haven’t implemented smart queuing fully, or for those which initiate a charge for utilizing such a service, the apps that are on offer usually solve the problem anyway.

These apps will highlight the quiet areas of the park, telling you roughly how long it will take to queue for each ride. From a time saving perspective this is invaluable, and means the days of traveling seemingly miles across a park only to see that the queue is of a similar length are long gone.

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