Carowinds offers stripped down season pass

Posted Wednesday, March 11, 2009 9:36 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an unedited press release. -J]

Carowinds, the 112-acre combination amusement and water park located on the border of the Carolinas near Charlotte, has announced a new program to help families on a tight budget still enjoy a summer of fun and excitement for less with the introduction of the 2009 WOW PASS.

The WOW PASS program allows consumers to receive unlimited admission to Carowinds any public operating day from March 28 until September 7, 2009 for only $59.99 per person (ages 3 and older). This program does not include any benefits, parking, or admission to SCarowinds’ Halloween Haunt.

This program was designed by Carowinds as a response to park patrons who are more budget-conscious due to the current economic environment. For $13 more than a regular one day admission ticket, the WOW PASS is a cost-effective alternative for money-saving families who have had to cut back on vacation expenses for 2009.

“As the economic climate evolves in the region, so must we,” John Taylor, Director of Marketing at Carowinds, stated. “This new program will allow families to spend more time with one another, enjoy the fun of a world-class amusement park, and still save money in the long run.”

A WOW PASS may only be purchased at www.carowinds.com or at the Carowinds main gate on any public operating day. Program is not valid on previous purchases.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 3:44 PM

SFoT was offering a spring pass, that gave unlimited visits through May 31st. It was at a pretty steep discount as well (though I don't rememeber exactly what the rate was).

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 8:38 PM

Wow, that WOW pass sounds pretty much like a Canada's Wonderland regular pass and is about the same price.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 8:50 PM

Haunt has never been included with Knotts' annual pass. Heck, it's not even included with the day's admission. If you want to visit Knotts all day and then attend Haunt you have to pay for both.

With these events being cash cows it looks like the other CF parks are joining the club.

Last edited by Mamoosh, Wednesday, March 11, 2009 8:50 PM
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Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:29 AM

I'm not that impressed with the price. You can get a VIP pass which includes free parking and the other season benefits for $79.99. Parking is $10. If you get a WOW pass and visit 3 times you would end up spending more money. It would be good if you had a large group though. One person could get VIP and everyone else could get WOW to save the $20. But if you visit by yourself a lot it seems that you should get a VIP pass.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 9:48 AM

That's not correct. A family of four doesn't need four passes that include parking. The other three save $60, so even at six visits, it's a break-even proposition.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 9:39 PM

You're right about the family of four, but I didn't say that all four people should purchase VIP passes to get free parking. I meant that one person could purchase VIP and the rest of the group could get WOW passes which are $20 cheaper than VIP's. This would save each person from paying to park if they knew they were going to visit together every time. The group would have unlimited visits with free parking and admission if they knew the person with the VIP pass would go with them every time.

Edit: I never referred to a family of four in my original post either. I was talking about any large group of people who wanted to visit the park together.

Last edited by SFMMAddict, Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:23 PM
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