info courtesey http://www.coastergrotto.com/theme-park-attendance.jsp *** Edited 9/20/2005 4:51:17 AM UTC by j_o_e_y__***
First off, PCW got an attendance increase, and you're complaining? What do you think is going to pay for that next big new coaster?
In 2004, PCW got IJ:ST, 2 coasters in, what? Two years? They got a big attendance boost. And I've heard nothing but good things about the park, it looks beautiful, has a great selection of flats, family, and thrill rides. A water park, and an interactive indoor coaster.
Plus a couple decent coasters, and just because you don't like the flyer, it is the only one in Canada (or at least was, IIRC), and the GP probably eat it up.
Bad, Bad selfish enthuisiast!
To say they were eating it up is an understatment. They were devouring it without chewing.
In the park's defense it was extremely crowded, overcast and muggy with periodic rain showers the day we visited. I'd love to return under better circumstances and get a better read on the vibe.
As it stands I score an 'incomplete' :)
When you have 'major' (for the area) back to back additions, you get an increase. Well, unless you are Six Flags and your park ops suck.
A couple visits back there was kids very obnoviously jumping turn styles to sneak in at front gate. Then telling the attendant that they forgot to hand stamp them. (PCW stamps you on the way in there for some reason and they check for handstamps at rides) Laughing about it and high fiving their buddies without a care on the world. Folks waiting in line told gate attendants and they just shrugged their shoulders. See lots of stuff like this there now and the vibe in the park is really getting kind of nasty.
Also efficiency is kind of a downer there there for some reason with the ride crews. With the huge crowds it's really horrible especially at Sky Rider.
Since about august you could buy a season pass for $60 and good for rest of '05 and all of '06 season. Park admission will be applied to season pass so essentially for about $15 more over regular admission someone can come back as much as they want for another year.
I'm glad they're doing well after the sars probs but not sure I'll be renewing my pass because it's not so much fun anymore.
The halloween event is exciting but is not included in season pass for some reason as it is in most other parks I've been to. This is their first one. Always noticed a nastier crowd during halloween events at parks as far as line jumping and fights and stuff go. Will be interesting to see how things go at PCW this year for the halloween stuff.
-Nate *** Edited 9/20/2005 6:13:26 AM UTC by coasterdude318***
If something is disappointing, or if you liked the park when it was dead, then it sounds like you don't want it crowded (and I can't blame you there, but I still wouldn't complain about a business doing more business) and saying something was disapointing makes it sound like you didn't like it very much.
I never said you said you hated it either. That was only you saying that. Saying you wished something was like it was because now it is too crowded and that you were disappointed in TR:TR sounds like a complaint to me.
The park is great, but they definately have to re-think that hand-stamp policy. It makes no sense, especially if you wash your hands or use the waterpark... it can rub off, and from what I remember, it was quite faint when I had to leave the park & come back... plus checking at some rides if you got a stamp just seems unnecessary.
Just go with the flow & do what every other park does!
Too bad the park is now land-locked, so they can't expand out any further to diversify the crowds... but at least they got a lot of room for any additions without any major sacrafice in theming/landscaping.
PCW has surpassed Cedar Point in yearly attendance (mainly because PCW is the only game in town in a GTA of 8 million or so)... and it'll only be a matter of time before they become the premier Paramount park in attendance (based upon what may or may not be new in '06 & '07).
I don't know how the cities/provinces work in Canada, but I'm assuming good attendance will help out the park in securing permission/rights for new attractions. A problem GL had in the past, as well as, I'm sure other parks too. A good relationship can be bolstered with a city if that city realizes there is a place in their area that going to bring them always needed revenue.
Yea! lines will get longer, but it'll be worth it in the end.
Please? Oh, come on. Be a pal!
NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.
Don't be fooled by TR:TR at PCW, there is some themeing but only in the queue. If you're thinking along the lines of PKI's TR:TR themeing you are in for a disappointment.
I LOVED PCW! I know others have called it "Pretty Crappy Wonderland" and I don't know why. Sure the park was packed when we went, but the collection of rides (not just coasters) was phenomenal. The wooden coasters can use some loving though, but I was surprised how smooth running Sky Rider was compared to KI's defunct King Cobra.
We didn't get to do the water park, but by the looks of it I could see where they are going to make the changes to it and expand it. I can definitely see why the attendance figures are jumping through the roof on that park. It's gorgeous, well thought out, and has rides for everyone's tastes. Sure they don't have any world-class rides, but they are just fun enough to enjoy the park.
Its a good thing the park is crowded and again i never said i didnt like it crowded because its good for business, but wouldn't you all like to walk into your home park to find NO lines? That's how it used to be but since vaughan is expanding and houses are going up all over the place obviously the park is going to get busier.
Personnaly pcw is a very popular park around here because most people from niagara falls even to barrie come to pcw as its the closest park to them. Pcw is fine IMO but what i was saying is its kinda weird the park jus sprung into action and is doing very succesful.
I didn't mean to start a hate thread of pcw i just thought the attendance increase was amazing.
Handstamps you ask?
PCW has three admission options. Pay one price passport or season pass gets you admission and unlimited rides. This comes with the handstamp. Deluxe 12 gets you grounds and 12 rides (using tickets). Grounds gets you in with no rides. Stamps are checked at random rides daily to ensure that you have paid to ride them. Ops collect tickets if you don't have a stamp.
Crew Of Excellence
Anyone who has been to PCW this year will have seen coloured flags at various rides throughout the park. These denote winners of the "Crew Of Excellence". Crew of excellence is a program PCW put in place to promote three things: Guest Interaction, Guest Satisfaction and Capacity. Each week the crews are challenged to perform well in these three categories and if selected winners, are awarded cash bonuses. Now you'll hear interactions over the loudspeaker on most rides.
On Shockwave "When I say shock, you say wave"
on The Bat "A little higher, A little higher, a little higher" Not to mention screaming competitions on the smaller flats.
Guest interaction has been like nothing I've ever seen. My last time on Top Gun, there was momentary downtime caused by a stall on the lift. Two of the four crew came out into the queues to talk to us. Made us laugh, calmed everyone down. It was great to see.
Say what you want about PCW's rides. They have had their best year on record. It's a combination of value and fun. They've got it right.
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