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Monday · September 19 2005

Theme park lines around the world
Cultural differences create a different waiting experience at Disney parks depending on what part of the world you are in. For instance, park management has found that lines in Asian parks are not self-limiting the way an American line is because Asians tend to look at how many people are behind them in line no matter how long the queue is in front of them, while Americans tend to do just the opposite.

Middle Easterners apparently don't like to wait in line at all, so the ride capacity is adjusted to create a no-wait experience.

Best of all…

The other parks where people don't have to wait in line are the ones that are failures, Mr. Alexander said. He described one, Walibi Schtroumpf, a Smurf-themed park in eastern France, that attracted less than half of its projected two million visitors a year.

“You don't wait in line at Walibi Schtroumpf,” Mr. Alexander said, “because there's nobody there.”

A Smurf-themed park? What exactly were they expecting?

What you had to say:
September 20 2005

wow, I wish I could get some of that mystical Eastern Zen power for the next time I go to the DMV

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