Posted Thursday, July 31, 2003 5:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Bonfante Gardens has become more successful since Paramount Parks began managing it in March. Joint marketing with Paramount's Great America, including a season pass offer for both parks, coupled with the company's skill at managing theme parks, has resulted in what park officials say is a "better year."
Read more from The Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Anyone headed to the Bay Area this summer should definitely plan to spend a day at Bonfante Gardens. It's a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the big themers.
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"Still, several changes have taken place, though only a keen observer likely would notice.
First, all rides are open all the time. "
"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
But being a "keen observer", I've noticed slight changes that although are small, do make a difference since it is the small things in this little park that make the difference. The food quality throughout the park is not nearly as good as it was before, I miss the delicious garlic mash potatoes and roasted chicken that used to be served in the mentioned San Juan Grill. Special efx like the thick mist in Quicksilver's tunnel, on Round Boat Ride, and in the car wash section of South County Backroads no longer work. Nor do the few animatronics like the dynamite and laughing racoons on QE, and clucking chickens on SCBR (the embarrasingly cheesy singing vegetables show still works though!). I've actually seen graffitti in many of the bathrooms this year for the first time since the park opened, dirty bathrooms in general, trash cans overflowing, etc.
It's still a very beautiful and amazing park, always enjoy bringing friends and family for their first visits and seeing their reactions to how amazingly beautiful it all is. And at the same time I realize in order to meet the bottom line, some things had to give in order for the park to survive, so I do cut Paramount some slack and appreciate what they are doing right. Besides, most of the GP probably doesn't notice or care since they're used to unmaintained efx, mediocre food and dirty bathrooms at PGA, but again, these little changes are noticable to this "keen observer". Hopefully once the park starts turning a profit thanks to Paramounts efforts, they'll have the means to maintain the park to the way it was before, along with adding that hillside woodie!
"Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it"
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I was completely won over by the park. I think it really has potential. Jeez, I wish there was something I could do to help (other than actually regularly visit and get the word of mouth out, that I'll do...)
It's weird, alot of what I saw (and what I learned of "Behind the scenes" from our friend) reminds me of early Disneyland...
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