Re-newed my Platinum Pass last weekend at Michigan's Adventure and had my picture taken and walked out the door with my 2010 Platinum Pass in hand. They did the same last year when I bought my 2009 pass.
Is this standard procedure for all CF parks now? Or is this exclusive to MIA and the other parks still give you a voucher?
I think the plan was to allow you to renew online even for some parks, with zero additional action. Your data and photo stay the same, you use the same card (that's why they have no year on them now) and it's all in the data. I'm hoping that's the case.
That would be nice to not have to stand in line to get a new photo taken.
Plus this way I could keep my KI season pass even though KD or CW will probably be our first parks of 2010
I did that at kings island last year, and had issues using the pass at cedarpoint opening weekend.
As a follow up I got an Email from CP that they will have PP on sale for $140 this weekend at the park. This is new or renewal and they are throwing in a CP jacket & a 1/2 off coupon for a friend.
They also indicate that the price will go up on Monday when they open it up for online sales.
Hehe, is it a Cedar Fair VIP jacket?
That's what the website indicates.
I am sure it is. When we were at CWonerderland, there was a rack of them they couldn't give away at $5 ea.
I thought this pass was $125.00 last year?
Did the price go up, or was it the same price last year?
Well, I just hope they improve staff training and inter-park communication. My 2009 Platinum Pass (from Worlds of Fun) worked absolutely fine - twice - at Kings Island. But all the staff - including those in guest relations to whom I was directed from the front gate at each park - at both KBF and CGA behaved as though it was the first time they had ever seen Platinum Passes from anywhere other then their own parks. Bizarre really.
The SF parks never seen to be this confused when it comes to "out of town" season passess. Just saying......
It was definatly Not $125 last year. The early renewal price was $140 and the new purchace price was $150.
I had to have a new pic taken and the year is on the pass.
There is a TON of confusion about these at Carowinds. I purchased my Platinum Pass online a few days ago and attempted to get it processed at Carowinds on Saturday. After making it into the park (and past parking) with my printed ticket, the season pass processing staff threw a fit when they saw that I was trying to process a 2010 pass and called security to escort me from the premises (not just the park... the parking lot as well). I was rudely told that 2010 passes will not be processed until 2010, which is in stark contrast to past years at Carowinds when passes were valid immediately after you purchased them THROUGH the next year.
Needless to say I was pretty pissed that they resorted to escorting me off the grounds, especially when anyone purchasing a Platinum Pass at the door can enjoy a free day in the park (the price of the ticket goes towards the pass).
Those stupid WOW cards seriously messed up the season pass system that worked forever. It almost seemed as if no one working at the park had ever seen a platinum pass.
OK, so I have to ask... were you being a douchbag toward them? I have a hard time believing they would over-react like that without being provoked.
Regardless of what they did last year, it's also their prerogative to change it.
I'm one of the most calm people around, I was absolutely not being hard-headed or even slightly rude.
While I realize it is their prerogative to change the policy, the way they handled the situation was really horrible. After their employee let me into the parking lot, then let me into the park through the gate, it's not my fault that I'm in the park!
Anyways, for $150 the dumb pass should work for the remainder of 09' just like passes always use to work at Carowinds until last year. The new policy, and let me quote the Carowinds guest relations manager, "promotes the purchase of a WOW card extension past Labor Day, or 20 more dollars for us."
Under Paramount Rule:
$89.99 Gold Pass (purchased the year prior) w/ Free parking - Active immediately THROUGH the next season
Under Cedar Fair Rule:
$150.00 Platinum Pass w/ Parking - only valid between March 2010 and November 2010.
Main issue - the old Paramount pass used to include Kings Dominion and Kings Island for much less $$! The addition of CP into the mix allows them to charge much higher prices I guess.
Last edited by RollrCoastrCrazy, Tuesday, September 8, 2009 10:13 PM
Customer service at its best.
I don't understand why you think you're entitled to something just because it used to be that way. I'm the first to call out Cedar Fair for abandoning certain programs in the bigger urban markets (Dominion and KI's multi-packs), but they also adjusted and brought those back. In a time when the season keeps getting longer with bigger attendance in the fall, I think it would be a poor business decision to let you in on the pass for next year. Paramount's gate integrity was suboptimal.
There is also a "Save $10 off season pass renewal for 2009 or 2010" coupon in the 2010 Akron Area Entertainment book. I will be taking it up this weekend and trying to get a season pass for $130.
Good luck with that. They will tell you that the $140 is a discounted price and that you can not use any other discounts.
I tried this last year with a coupon from the entertainment book.
I was able to use the coupon for a $130 Platinum Pass at WOF last fall.
Wow...I figured I would look into Platnum passes through Dorney Park. I know its still saving money, seeing as next years vacation plans are Cedar Point and Kings Island, and we will also hit Kings Dominion. Add in that we usually do two or three Dorney trips a season, and the pass does pay for itself, even though Dorney is still selling the 2009 pass on their website, and they want $160. I figured at a smaller park like Dorney the price might be smaller as well. So much for my Six Flags logic!
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