Cedar Fair continues selling tickets through accesso

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

From the press release:

accesso today announced that it has signed a three-year extension to its existing agreement with Cedar Fair Entertainment Company... to continue providing ticketing and eCommerce solutions for the operator's venues across North America.

Read the entire press release on PR Newswire.

rollergator's avatar

This is for Jeff:

"No comment." ;~)

Does accesso pay Cedar Fair for this agreement, or vice versa, or is it a deal where accesso provides the ticketing service and makes its money on proccessing fees?


But then again, what do I know?

Jeff's avatar

I think they can do all of the above, but I seem to recall someone saying Cedar Fair is the fee based per ticket arrangement.


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I've only used the online ticketing for some Halloween Haunt stuff that needed to be purchased in advanced. The system was fine but the Ticketmaster-esque services fees were brutal.

How bad are the fees? We paid <$5 for the entire order.


But then again, what do I know?

This news is rather unfortunate. Hint: if your web site has a "Visit desktop site" button on it, you fail. If your eCommerce solution requires the end user have Flash installed, you fail. If visiting a web site direct link with an iPad takes you unconditionally to the mobile site homepage, with no way to get to the page you requested, you fail.

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Thabto's avatar

I agree. Cedar Point's (and presumably all Cedar Fair parks) website looks really outdated. Mobile sites are becoming a thing of the past. Responsive design is the way to go.


Brian

The main thing I dislike about CF websites are the mobile/desktop interaction if you could call it that. For example, a new blog post or something on facebook/twitter linking to somewhere on their website... If you click the direct link on your phone, it goes to the main homepage for mobile. What happened to the direct link I just clicked? It is a pain to try and navigate. The times I did, I ended up clicking "desktop" site on my phone and finding where I wanted to be that way.


Sawblade5's avatar

Also I hope they have it on the Contract to redo their webpages without the obsolete thing called Flash and actually use HTML 5 for a change. Also get rid of Flash on your payment pages. (One reason why it's may be good idea to trick your desktop browser user agent to mobile as Flash is not supported on those devices anymore or never was in Apple's case as it is obsolete)

I don't see Accesso going away anytime soon as they seem to have a Monopoly on the Amusement Industry as all the parks by me use them. We need someone to step up to the plate and offer a better service than Accesso.

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Chris Knight

Thabto's avatar

Does Accesso do their whole websites or just the ticket part of it? There should be no such thing as a "mobile site" these days.


Brian

Sawblade5's avatar

It's basically they do all of it, with some simple tools for the parks to update it for blogs, news, and such., They also publish the Official Park Apps for them. (When you go into the Play Store or the AppStore you will see accesso as the publisher for their apps.)

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Chris Knight

Fun's avatar

Accesso does not run their main websites, that's another company. For some reason I can't figure out, Accesso does the mobile site.

http://www.edreamz.com/work-detail?alias=cedar-point

adding /?mobile=0 to a Cedar Fair URL will take you straight to the page, even on a mobile device. Not making excuses, just offering a technique I frequently use.

Thabto's avatar

That doesn't make it any better. Using a mobile device to go to a Cedar Fair website is a lose-lose situation.


Brian

Jason Hammond's avatar

WOF Guy said:

adding /?mobile=0 to a Cedar Fair URL will take you straight to the page, even on a mobile device. Not making excuses, just offering a technique I frequently use.

Thankfully they have started tweeting links with this extension added already.


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