Six Flags White Water has installed the first "virtual queue" system to be used in a water park, enabling guests to pay extra to skip queues for its attractions.
The water park, which is located alongside Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta, has bought in the technology from Lo-Q, which provides similar queue-jumping systems for theme parks all over the world. The "FlashPass" system operates in two tiers, with Regular passes costing $15 on weekdays or $30 on weekends, and "Gold" passes costing $20 on weekdays and $35 on weekends. The Gold FlashPass reduces the wait time for rides by half compared to the regular version.
Guests purchasing a FlashPass are given a waterproof wristband that features an RFID chip. This enables them to reserve a "virtual" place in line for the park's water slides, returning during an allocated time slot to jump straight to the head of the line.
Speaking of the new system, Melinda Ashcraft, Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President, said: "Six Flags Over Georgia debuted the world's first theme park virtual queuing system ten years ago. It is certainly fitting that Six Flags White Water would be the world's first water park to feature this exciting new technology."
Despite the park's enthusiasm, some early reports have claimed that the FlashPass system has caused serious issues with some low-capacity slides at Six Flags White Water. Screamscape reports that this has led to very long queues for non-FlashPass guests on attractions such as Wildwater Lagoon.
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