9 types of people you see at theme parks

How many of these interesting characters do you remember?

9 types of people you see at theme parks
9 types of people you see at theme parks
09 Apr 2015

9 types of people you see at theme parks

Visiting the theme park can be really enjoyable or really painful, especially during the holidays. Crowds and long wait times can sometimes bring out the worst in people. They make you lose your cool, question your sanity or simply make you laugh.

Although it’s been a decade since I last went to a theme park, as I braved the crowds and snaking queues for a go, or three, on the newly opened Puss In Boots roller coaster at Universal Studios Singapore on Wednesday (Apr 8), I couldn’t help but notice some “familiar faces”. Not actual friends or acquaintances but characters that you see time and again at theme parks regardless of where you are in the world. Here are nine of them.
 

The commando
The commando
09 Apr 2015

The commando

Think Singaporeans are kiasu? Wait till you see the commando. This person camps outside the theme park entrance just so he can be the first to get in and sprint to his favourite ride as soon as the gates open. He is super focused and has no time for toilet breaks or long lunches because he has to chiong all the different rides as quickly as possible. 

Photo: Instagram

The planner
The planner
09 Apr 2015

The planner

Armed with a park map and a mental timetable, this person will plan the day out ahead of time so he can sit on every ride and catch every performance and character meet-and-greet available.  He also always has one eye on his app for ride wait times so he can change plans on the go.

The camwhore
The camwhore
09 Apr 2015

The camwhore

These are the pros. They know the ride inside out and get on it with a solid game plan. Armed with practise (it’s all about timing, people) and props, they ham it up for the roller coaster cameras to stage the most hilarious shots. 

Photo: Instagram

El cheapo
El cheapo
09 Apr 2015

El cheapo

While camwhores would gladly purchase their picture perfect staged shot for bragging rights, you can forget about squeezing a single cent out of the el cheapo. $20 for a photo? That’s daylight robbery! Their free alternative? Take a picture of the picture. Guilty as charged.

The sneak
The sneak
09 Apr 2015

The sneak

Also known as the kid with ants in his pants, this person has no concept of waiting patiently. He thinks just because he can slide under the ropes, he has the right to move ahead. I usually let him pass with a glare and a “tsk” because he’s just a kid and doesn’t know any better. But not the next character…

The manipulative mum
The manipulative mum
09 Apr 2015

The manipulative mum

These people think that just because they have an adorable kid, they can get ahead of everyone else. They smile at you, sometimes ask nicely, but I’m sorry, this is not the airport and there is no priority boarding. We’re all waiting for our turn to have fun and you should too.

The lurker
The lurker
09 Apr 2015

The lurker

The lurker tops our hate list. These people have no concept of personal space. They stand so close to you in line that sometimes you can feel their breath down your neck, or worse still, their sweaty arms grazing yours when they inch forward every 30 seconds even though the queue isn’t moving. Dude, I know the line is long but pushing me isn’t going to make it go any faster.

The anti social
The anti social
09 Apr 2015

The anti social

Even though there are still random seats left on the ride, this person doesn’t want to share the cabin or vehicle with strangers. He would rather wait another two minutes for the next one to pull up just so he can have the entire row of seats for his four-people party. Seriously, is it so difficult to separate from each other for a couple of minutes?

Photo: RollerCoasterPhilosophy.com

The vampire
The vampire
09 Apr 2015

The vampire

You can spot a vampire a mile away. Usually women, they are so afraid of getting dark that despite the heat, they are covered from head to toe. They wear those weird arm sleeves, wide-brimmed hats or oversized visors, and carry umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun. Sometimes if you get close enough, you can get a whiff of their sun block too.

Photo: EPA

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