As for the "read to Succeed" program. In alot of these kinds of things, the program purchases teh tickets from the company (in this case SF). So basically CF wont' see any real $ out of it. How long has SF given the gate away at parks in the hopes that in park spending will save them??
The SP question. I'm sure they're not going to post that without having talked to SF about it. It makes sense that it won't if the only options that are being offered is a GL pass (done on the rides side) or a refund (done on the Animal side, the same side where SF employee's still work, takign care of animals and SP issues).
It's a bussiness.. not a charity.. *** Edited 4/10/2004 12:35:08 AM UTC by Red Garter Rob***
Those programs were not about profit. They were about positive PR. Furthermore, they were TINY. There's no way a "Read to Succeed" program had any impact on the bottom line-- postively or negatively. I think it's just in very poor taste that Cedar Fair is taking this reward away from children.
And I'm sure, in the long run, these programs affected the bottom line *positively*. Stop being a fanboy.
It's also worth mentioning that these programs exist successfully at several other Six Flags parks. If you're really worried about distributing a few comp. tickets to kids then let's just get rid of comp. tickets altogether.
Which is fine. I don't care if they discontinue the Read to Succeed program after this year, but they should *at least* honor the tickets given out over this past school year. Plus, it's not as if these kids are going to the parks alone. Their parents and siblings have to buy tickets to get in...
That's irrelevant, because you would likely have your own coupons available.
Plus, like I said, this is a children's program! How would you feel if your child worked hard in order to receive a pass to Six Flags and very-much looked forward to the visit, only to have the new owners suddenly take that privilege away?
Even though it was a great way to encourage kids to read, there is no reason for Cedar Fair to accept the coupons. As we know, everything affects the bottom line and because Cedar Fair is out to make money while having good PR, there is no reason why they can't have both. There is no reason why people that were in that program won't go to that park now that they can't benefit from that program. They will probably be more like to go because SF managed their parks so poorly. Although I doubt the GP knows that but what ever.