Like Amusement Parks?

Well, Just You Wait . . .

* What's the best thing about amusements parks?

The rides!

What's the worst thing about amusement parks?

The long lines for the rides!

Well, many amusement parks have come up with a way to enjoy the rides without the wait. The trend started at Disney theme parks in Florida about five years ago. You could make a reservation to ride a popular ride. Get a ticket with a time stamped on it, come back at that time and walk right onto the ride.

Many parks are using hand stamps, fast-pass tickets and even beepers to reduce waits at the most popular rides.

At Disney parks, there's no charge for getting to cut in line. Six Flags America in Largo charges $10 for five fast-pass tickets.

Not everyone thinks the system is fair, though.

Sean Flaharty, who likes roller coasters, doesn't like the FreeWay system at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. "I can see why people get angry because that makes the line actually go slower," he said.

And not every park does it. At King's Dominion, near Richmond, if you want to ride the new Scooby-Doo ride, you'll just have to wait in line like everybody else.

Oh, the lines: Special tickets cut the wait at Cedar Point and other parks.