Amusement parks reinventing the queue line

I must be a little out of touch with large amusement parks or something. I recently visited Kings Island, which I've been to numerous occasions. Unfortunately, I stumbled directly into Walk-On Weekends, which allows some season pass holders to skip waiting in lines in order to ride the bigger rides almost immediately.

Actually, it's not as bad as I thought. Only the first 1,500 Gold Passholders are eligible, and they receive only a couple of tickets, with scheduled times to ride.

Other parks have their own ways of doing the same thing. Disney World uses a FastPass reservation system; Six Flags parks charge extra for front-of-the-line tickets; and Cedar Point gives out a limited amount of hand stamps.

And you know what's coming next: an automated system to schedule your entire day at your favorite park. Of course, this also means you'll have to schedule your lunch and bathroom breaks too. Good luck!