Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2001 4:22 AM | Contributed by Jeff
In order to encourage sales of annual passes during an attendance slump, Busch Gardens Tampa is selling their annual passes on an installment plan so guests don't have to pay for the pass all at once. Adults will pay as little as $8.96 a month for a two-year pass.
Read more from The St. Petersburg Times.
"When I take action I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive." GWB
I agree, when they start offering easy financing on season tickets, something is seriously wrong. And why take on that administrative headache when there are countless credit card companies that would handle the purchase. BGT must really be hurting or seeing a bleak future to take these steps.
Ya know though, in the April, 2001 issue of "Amusement Today" the editorial cartoon depicted a man talking to a bank loan officer about taking out a loan to finance a day at the amusement park. When most of us think about season ticket purchases we think of one ticket for ourselves, we don't often think of it as 4 season tickets for a family.
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Then again, with Knott's right around the corner....
They also made it seem as a way to encourage more visitors in these questionable times rather than a cost effective way to get people to buy them who may not be able to afford them otherwise.
That's one reason I'm going to be sad to leave Florida next year...passes. We got a year long pass to BGT for the price of one admission. Got the same deal for SWF. The only blackout day on both those passes was July 4. We also got a 4 day park hopper for WDW for just $99. That's like getting two days free. This year I've spent 4 days a WDW, 5 at BGT and 6 at SWF. Total cost: Under $200. Buying single day admissions would've been $750. - (15 admission x $50 = $750)
And that's just one person! Add my wife and daughter and we saved about $1650 this year. Plus our BGT and SWF passes don't expire until December 26, so we still have 3 months to use them.
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