Posted Wednesday, July 12, 2006 9:25 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Forty-five percent of 165 U.S. tourist attractions surveyed between 2000 and 2005 either started serving alcohol during that period or expanded venues in which it was sold, says theme park consultant Dennis Spiegel, whose Cincinnati-based International Theme Park Services conducted the study. Spiegel says the trend is not surprising given a widening acceptance of alcohol in American society and the huge profits resulting from alcohol sales. Parks say guests are asking for these products.
Read more from The Herald-Tribune.
On another point, I remember the contrast between the two major Pittsburgh parks back in the 1970s. Kennywood neither sold beer nor permitted it in the park. West View both sold beer and permitted outside beer to be brought into the picnic areas. I believe that West View's policy was implimented in large part to attract company and union picnics where the groups involved wanted to have beer and who otherwise would have gone to another park. They also wanted the additional revenue that beer sales provided There were a number of bars within walking distance of the park and this allowed the park to capture some of this business. I remember only one major incident where beer caused problems at West View. It involved the Pittsburgh Fraternal Order of Police. Several younger members of this police union got into a scuffle over racial matters.
. *** This post was edited by Arthur Bahl 7/12/2006 9:08:55 PM ***
I have seen several incidents at ball games (Shea and Yankee Stadium) and on public fishing boats, where drunk people destroyed everyone's good day. One of those was on a recent school trip in an alcohol-free seating area at a day game.
One question - if someone drinks at a park, and gets into an accident causing the death of another driver (or damages) - can the park (as host) be liable? (Or does this vary by state?)
When Paramount took over for the 1993 season, the only place alcohol was served was at the International Restaurant. I'm sure they wanted to improve their image as a family-friendly environment. Security presence, apparently, was increased.
Around 1994 or '95, beer began to appear at other venues, such as Festhaus, Oktoberfest Gardens (now Bubba Gump's/Lt. Dan's), and Rivertown LaRosa's - and, International Restaurant was soon closed as a restaurant after 1995.
To my knowledge, beer is sold in select stands and restaurants at Cedar Point, such as Red Garter and Last Chance Saloons, Game Day Grille, and possibly a few others within park gates. Of course, there's the outside restaurants such as Famous Dave's and Friday's that have an expanded selection.
Back to KI, next year, I'd like to see alcohol service limited to controlled-access places, like Festhaus, what's now Bubba Gump, and the current Wings Diner.
My opinion: limited service, higher prices. I know people don't go to parks to drink, unlike at baseball games, but alcohol, when consumed responsibly, is a good way to keep adults relieved - just like benches, shade, good service, and clean restrooms.
On a recent trip to CP, after a day and a half of hardcore Camp Snoopy action, our exhausted kids went back to the hotel with grandma to take a nap and my wife and I went and had a beer at the Red Garter in the evening after riding a few "big-people" rides. It was nice.
I really think, more often than not, that's the kind of consumption that generally happens at parks. I'm sure there are exceptions (which is why limiting to areas that can be monitored is a good idea), but at the prices most parks charge (usually for not-great beer), I don't see too many people going to parks with the intention of getting wasted and causing trouble.
But for other parks, it's considered a detriment to the kind of atmosphere they're trying to achieve. I applaud them for remaining true to their beliefs... :)
On the *other* other hand, the only INCIDENT I've heard of related to alcohol this year was at a park that doesn't SELL any, so....
Bottom line: It's THEIR park, they'll do what they want...
I rarely bought beer in a park. Granted there were a few times but I usually waited until later that night at a motel. Riding while intoxicated is not fun, especially when you get older and your body can't handle it as well as when you were underage. ;) Plus alcohol dehydrates you, especially on a hot day.
Personally I could care less whether a park sells it or not. If you can drink responsibly the more power to ya.
I do admit the Busch tour was fun, at least the one in Williamsburg. I still have my "beer school" diploma somewhere. Not only did we get our two free complimentary samples but we got to participate in tastes tests, etc. We also got free T-shirts, key chains, etc. This was about 8 years ago. I assume they still give the tours?
You could theoretically have SIX "diploma credits", hehehe... :)
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