Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2003 4:39 AM | Contributed by Strijder
Cedar Fair reported that combined attendance at its eleven properties for the month of August, including the Labor Day weekend, increased 5% from a year ago. During the same period, average in-park guest per capita spending was up 2% and out-of-park revenues, including resort hotels, were up 4%. Better weather is credited with contributing to the increase.
Read the press release from Cedar Fair.
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 6:26 AM
Hmmm. I didn't visit VF on Labor Day but the day before and the place was SWAMPED. Usually, the MN State Fair kills off attendance--but not this year. While it wasn't a 30,000+ record day, it was still a three-train WT, two-train everything else and 45 minutes for SV day.
Too bad VF won't be getting a new coaster or major ride next year. Then again, there may be some rumblings in the kiddie area. What little Berenstain Bear merchandise there was on the shelves was 50% off. And while I never ever quote hearsay, the adamant and elaborate denial of any changes gave me pause...
The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 6:30 AM
It will be interesting to see if other parks follow this increase. Much of the weather this summer has been miserable. I know that I've heard reports of SFA's parking lot being filled to overflowing on nice weekend days.
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 8:16 AM
A bit off topic here...I visited Cedar Point the first week of June and I want to say the first day we went was the first Monday in June and the weather was HORRIBLE. It was cold and wet most of the day. However school was still in for a final day the queues were empty. 30 minute wait tops for Millennium Force and 45 minutes tops (at night) for the dragster. The attendance thing might have hurt CP but we rode 10 of their 16 coasters in the CP arsenal and alot of them we rode multiple times. Anyways Good luck for Cedar Fair
What IF the whole world farted at once?!
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 1:58 PM
Maybe this will catch the eye of Disney executives who keep saying their business is down because of post 9-11 lack-of-travel. Actually when there is good weather a lot of parks are showing good attendance. Could it be Disney's turnstyles are slow because of high prices, poor maintainence, unhappy staff, lack of corporate investment,.... and unhappy customers?
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 2:22 PM
Disney's business is a lot different. The Cedar Fair parks are all regional attractons, where an overwhelming number of people are "local." Disney parks rely on visitors from all over the country, and even the world.
Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com - Sillynonsense.com
DELETED! What time does the water show start?
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 3:53 PM
I am glad about Cedar Point and Valley Fair being up, but I am happier about Michigan's Adventure.
Western Michigan University Engineering student.
Thursday, September 4, 2003 12:11 AM
Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim are really regional parks, with mostly Southern and Northern California residents going there, and not as many tourists visiting as in years past. The Flordia parks very much rely on tourists from the eastern part of the country. Disneyland is currently in the worst shape it's ever been, with so many attractions closed including Space Mountain for at least 2 years and things looking very shabby. Tomorrowland is rapidly becoming a ghost town.
Thursday, September 4, 2003 7:24 AM
Uh, 5% isn't gonna cover the cost of that big coaster.
Chuck, who sees no adult coaster in CP's plans for 2004
It's official Lesourdsville Lake is closed for 2003