Joining the other major theme park chains, Cedar Fair is rolling out their own virtual queue system. Fast Lane will be available at all Cedar Fair theme parks in 2012. With Fast Lane you’ll have quicker access to a variety of rides, roller coasters, and even shows at some parks. After a quick look at my home park’s website, Carowinds, I can see that WindSeeker, Boo Blasters, Rip Roarin’ Rapids, Drop Tower, and 8 of the park’s 13 roller coasters will have Fast Lane access. Most parks are offering this special access to about 10 attractions.
There are different types of virtual queue systems. Unlike Six Flags’ Flash Pass which is somewhat similar to making a reservation, Cedar Fair’s Fast Lane Pass will allow guests to skip the lines and ride as many times as they want. I looked at a few parks and $50 seems to be the going price for one wristband. The price does go down if you buy more than one wristband and there are a limited number of wristbands so that the Fast Lane line doesn’t get out of hand.
As I wrote in “Is the Six Flags Flash Pass Worth It?“, while these types of systems do require you to spend even more money during an already pricey excursion, they can be worth it depending on a few different factors. For example, if you’re like me and travel great distances to theme parks that you won’t likely return to for a while, it’s probably worth it. Once I’ve already paid to fly across the country, it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to spend a large portion of my trip waiting in line. Plus, a mega park like Cedar Point is a great candidate for a Fast Lane pass. Whenever they get around to doing something with Mean Streak or add another noteworthy roller coaster, I’ll likely be strapping on one of these Fast Lane wristbands.