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    Question Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    Okay, so I know this sounds weird, but with DCA's makeover, I can't help but notice that their wait time board looks a lot better than Disneyland's. And it really makes it look like they have more attractions than the other park.

    http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.co...IMG2327-X2.jpg

    compared to

    http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.co...IMG1938-X2.jpg

    I know, it's a small thing to notice, but it really doesn't accurately reflect the park. I used to think there just wasn't room for everything, but now I see they really could put more wait times on there. They've had this board forever, so I know it's an older model, but I think it's time to upgrade. Too bad it's in theme or I'd say, go digital like other theme parks.

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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    Quote Originally Posted by DARTH MAUL View Post
    Okay, so I know this sounds weird, but with DCA's makeover, I can't help but notice that their wait time board looks a lot better than Disneyland's. And it really makes it look like they have more attractions than the other park.

    http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.co...IMG2327-X2.jpg

    compared to

    http://datelinedisneyland.smugmug.co...IMG1938-X2.jpg

    I know, it's a small thing to notice, but it really doesn't accurately reflect the park. I used to think there just wasn't room for everything, but now I see they really could put more wait times on there. They've had this board forever, so I know it's an older model, but I think it's time to upgrade. Too bad it's in theme or I'd say, go digital like other theme parks.
    It is interesting to compared the two different boards. I will concede that the Disneyland board has some exposed metal which could be painted, but I like the look of the Disneyland board as it has the important information.

    Here's my impression of DCA's board.

    1. Too many rides listed. I mean, really, the list rides like Heimlich's Chew Chew Train, which while it may have had long lines when Carsland opened, my pre-Carsland experience is Heimlich's attraction (it can barely be called that), usually has an insignificant wait, and 90% of riders are families with little kids, so nobody is really worried about being able to get on Heimlich. We all know why DCA lists so many rides . . . as a marketing tool to make people feel DCA has a lot of rides, technically yes, quality rides? Not nearly as many as Disneyland.

    2. The red is bit too glaring if you just want the info, Disneland's board has bigger lettering and you instantly get the info about the big rides that notoriously can get long lines. Its not computer generated numbers, but looks very easy on the eye.

    3. It is ridiculous what they put on the DCA board, I mean Blue Sky Cellar, really?? Bakery tour, really??

    4. The DCA board looks inconsistent in that Fast Pass is labeled differently for different rides, plus Little Mermaid has in caligraphy, "Ariel's Under Sea Adventure" . . . just advertising for what was initially described as an E-Ticket.

    I'm not a super regular visitor to the parks, but the board in Disneyland is nice as it gives a heads up, I think the board in DCA is more of an advertising gimmick. Goofy's Sky School has Fast Pass . . . really?!? DCA's board is like one of those diner menus that list every single thing on the menu and are hard to read/comprehend.

    If Disneyland's board does go digital, I think they should use screens to display similar size font and style as it is easy to read as you are walking to Adventureland. (I'm not talking about LED t.v. screens or those hideous digital numbers, but using Kindle style technology to make the numbers look like they were painted on. I'm sure they could actually make it looks just as nice, but allow for the automation of the wait times. They have these screens that look like painted stuff in the attic in the HM, they could make a much better board than DCA's.

    Thank you for posting the pictures, but I guess I really disagree, sorry!
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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    I think the DCA board could use some tweaking, but I think that's closer to what the Disneyland board should aim for. It needs more rides on it, I think.
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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    It's really just the layout I find more pleasing. The DL one just looks tired to me in comparison. As for listing everything, I'm not sure that's necessary, but it's certainly easier than asking a CM and having them call for you, which is the go-to method in DL.As for Digital, I don't think they can if they wanna stay in the theme of MS and BVS.

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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    Quote Originally Posted by RatherBeAtDLand View Post
    I think the DCA board could use some tweaking, but I think that's closer to what the Disneyland board should aim for. It needs more rides on it, I think.
    What rides are missing on the Disneyland board that folks would want some quick info about? Subs? Toad?

    Remember that there are a lot of cell apps which let you track the wait-times, I've used them myself in the parks, I think Disney even made an official one. I think that the board helps those who want to get on an E-Ticket quick and ride it before the lines get long, and to help guests get a general idea of wait times, and remember, it is only located in one part of the park . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DARTH MAUL View Post
    It's really just the layout I find more pleasing. The DL one just looks tired to me in comparison. As for listing everything, I'm not sure that's necessary, but it's certainly easier than asking a CM and having them call for you, which is the go-to method in DL.As for Digital, I don't think they can if they wanna stay in the theme of MS and BVS.
    I don't understand what you mean by having a CM call and asking for you. I would think most APers have the cell phone apps, yes?

    With digital face recognition (or maybe hat recognition would be more PC), small cameras could easily monitor the entrance/exit and by sampling hundreds of faces every minute, figure the exact wait time and update it frequently by relaying this to a wait time board, if Disney wanted to save money and automate the process.

    I think that the digital numbers are sort of passe as it would be easy to add Kindle style screens used in HM to make the numbers look like the current DL wait time board which is much, much easier on the eyes having larger letter and numbers, and in a pleasant green and tan, when compared to the bright primary colors of DCA's board, Red, blue and Green.

    From a Graphic Design/pragmatic standpoint, Disneyland's wait time board works as you can see it from further away, and it is less cluttered, more economical and efficient, in the info that it displays. They could easily replicate this same font size and style with ereader screen type technology to make the numbers appear like they were painted on.

    Disneyland's board blends into the surroundings, DCA's sticks out like a sore thumb, it is an advertisement, almost yelling at guests "We have rides! Right Heimlich?"
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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    Quote Originally Posted by chesirecat View Post

    Disneyland's board blends into the surroundings, DCA's sticks out like a sore thumb, it is an advertisement, almost yelling at guests "We have rides! Right Heimlich?"
    That's a bit extreme. Most parks have these, it's not an ad. You're already in the park. Aesthetically, it fits its surroundings, and it should stand out. It's information.

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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    I personally think both parks should have an electronic wait times board so we could eliminate people having to change the signs.

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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    Quote Originally Posted by greeeneyes17 View Post
    I personally think both parks should have an electronic wait times board so we could eliminate people having to change the signs.
    The issue is keeping them in theme.

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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    It'd be cool if they had more than one wait board. Even though there are apps out there, it would be nice to have a board in Tomorrowland that you could reference before traversing across the park to see how the line for Splash Mountain is.


    Quote Originally Posted by greeeneyes17 View Post
    I personally think both parks should have an electronic wait times board so we could eliminate people having to change the signs.
    If it was done well, I think electronic signs could work.

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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    I for one would love to see all of the DLR rides up on the board. Haunted Mansion, Toad, et al...not all of us have the apps. The ones I've found are only for iphones and droids, and not all of us have those.

    Knowing if a ride has a long or short wait, or is currently offline, can be a great way to avoid a hike to one end of the park or to figure out a game plan, and that includes the b and c tickets, too.

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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    I agree that Disney shouldn't rely on people having an app. That's just a little too lazy/high tech reliant for my taste.

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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    Quote Originally Posted by DARTH MAUL View Post
    That's a bit extreme. Most parks have these, it's not an ad. You're already in the park. Aesthetically, it fits its surroundings, and it should stand out. It's information.
    The DCA board is def an advert. Sure it has info, but it lets the GP know when they arrive that they made a great choice, that there are many things to do in DCA (even if they heard that there was very little in years past). It is a way for Disney to gloat too, IMO.

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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    Quote Originally Posted by DARTH MAUL View Post
    I agree that Disney shouldn't rely on people having an app. That's just a little too lazy/high tech reliant for my taste.
    Too lazy? Please explain this!

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    Re: Does Disney need a new wait time board?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMazz View Post
    The DCA board is def an advert. Sure it has info, but it lets the GP know when they arrive that they made a great choice, that there are many things to do in DCA (even if they heard that there was very little in years past). It is a way for Disney to gloat too, IMO.

    Ads continue in the park. They do not always have to sell you a product, sometimes the ads sell you an idea.

    Yeah, they should stop giving out maps, too. I wish they'd stop gloating about how many attractions they have and delivering relevant information to guests!

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