To explain, DisneyWorld/Land debuted a fast-pass system about 15 years ago which lets guests essentially pre-book a spot in line for a particular ride, and then return later for a minimal wait. There's different rules and limitations depending on the park, but it's a free service which, if used wisely, can save guests from waiting in huge lines. Since you can only get a fast pass once per hour (or in some cases only three per day), you're forced to use some strategy and you're not a huge inconvenience to other non-fast pass users. It's a solid system which has worked very well for us over the years, and again, it's a free service available to all guests everyday.
Cedar Point decided to get into the fast-pass game recently, but their system works a little differently. Rather than offer fast-pass for free, Cedar Point decided to offer it as an extra charge...for the low price of just $75 per person per day...not including the cost of the ticket. As a result, if you really want to take advantage of the fast-pass, you're forking over around $120 per person once the ticket cost is factored in. Forgetting all the other ridiculous costs associated with amusement parks, this is really out of reach for most normal, smart people. Paying $90 for Disney World is one thing...but Sandusky Ohio is no Disney.
But hey, this is America, and capitalism is king. If something is for sale and people are willing to pay, I don't suppose I blame Cedar Point for selling it. The problem, however, is that what they're selling for $75 per day isn't a chance to cut in line, they're selling other peoples' time. For every person who walks to the front of the line with their special fast-pass card, they're forcing the other non-payers to stand in line longer. The fast-passers can hit a dozen rides in a few hours while the rest of the people are forced to spend the whole day waiting just to get on everything once. There was a point in the middle of the day that I realized I had essentially purchased a Cedar Point ticket...so that I could wait in line so that other people could ride ahead of me. My time had already been sold. It's one thing to buy/sell something valuable..but when that thing directly impacts others in a negative way, it's time to rethink your strategy. It'd be like turning on your AC in the summer, and actively heating up everyone else's home in the process.
Of course, as long as people continue to pay, I doubt this system is going away anytime soon. As for me though, I've seen Cedar Point, I'm glad I went, but I think I'll be taking my business elsewhere next time. Time is the one thing we never get more of. I don't mind selling my time for money (aka going to work), but I don't think Cedar Point needs to be keeping the profits.