Cedar Fair Season Pass Question

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 7:17 PM
My wife and I typically get season passes for Cedar Point but were interested in possibly adding Geauga Lake to our trips from Chicago. We are heading to Knott's in about three weeks and it seems that their prices for combo season passes are cheaper than the combo passes at Cedar Point. I was thinking we would get season passes from Knott's but...when we renew next year would we have to activate the pass at Knott's or at any Cedar Fair park?
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Wednesday, December 7, 2005 7:20 PM
If you get it at Knotts its good for all of them. The only parks that need added on is Cedar Point if its a Gl Pass, or reverse the order. I paid something like 125 this year for the combo at Gl and it worked better the first two weekends at CP than it did at Gl, but it was well worth it.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2005 7:22 PM
Why renew?

I'd get the el-cheapo from Knott's for the 2006 season, then just get your CF pass from wherever is convenient in 2007.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2005 10:01 PM
Like we discuss every year -- get it from WOF! It is the cheapest in the chain and you don't have to worry about any add on this and add on that.

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Thursday, December 8, 2005 1:53 PM
Swoosh are they really cheaper, me being a avid roller coaster enthusiast must know! I think the rates are like 80 for the cheapest up here for GL and then it jumps to 95 at CP but i can get a discount at work where we sell tickets. What does you run you down there. I will check but i just want to know. Ok ten bucks that is what it would take for me to drive out to GL to get it for 80 i think so its not a life or death matter. *** Edited 12/8/2005 6:55:58 PM UTC by MagnunBarrel***
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Thursday, December 8, 2005 4:34 PM
Worlds of Fun isn't in our plans for next year. Indiana Beach, King's Island, SFKK, Holiday World, GL, and CP are. The reason we would get it from Knott's is that we will be there in three weeks and that is a cheaper option than getting the combo pass from CP. I'm anticipating that in 07 Knott's will still be a cheaper option. When you renew a pass from CF do you need to go to the park that you are renewing at before you go to any others? Or is it already "activated" when you receive it in the mail?
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Thursday, December 8, 2005 6:52 PM
If it's your first pass form that park, you need to go there for the photo. After that, all you do is buy the renewal online, fill out the form, then mail it back... if you don't mind using the same photo.
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Monday, December 12, 2005 12:34 AM
Sorry I took so long getting back to you MagnumBarrel....Quick comparison of season pass prices around the chain (in order of cheapest).
  • Worlds of Fun $69.95 (Ride & Slide $99.95)
  • Valleyfair! $79.95
  • Geauga Lake $79.95 ($130.00 with CP)
  • Michigan's Adventure $90.00
  • Dorney Park $99.95
  • Cedar Point $99.95 (Ride and Slide $154.95)
  • Knotts Berry Farm $115.00 (Ride and Slide $135.00)

Edit - added MiA to list

*** Edited 12/12/2005 9:36:02 PM UTC by Swoosh***

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Monday, December 12, 2005 11:08 AM
Wow expensive! That's in US dollars too. PCW's season pass is only $59.99 till March and then $69.99 after that. CP And KBF should both be $79.95 and GL VF and WoF should be $69.99 IMo.
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Monday, December 12, 2005 11:26 AM
If you go three times, it's paid for. Go to lower pricing and you fall into the trap that Six Flags has as a babysitting service with kids that don't spend any money in the park.
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Monday, December 12, 2005 11:48 AM
^Like they won't be used as that anyway, regardless of the price.
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Monday, December 12, 2005 12:10 PM
That's not true at all. There comes a point where people don't think it's worth it. There's a curve where the attendance and per cap have a sweet spot, and a low season pass price attracts more people that can afford it, but consequently are the same people that won't spend in the park.
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Monday, December 12, 2005 12:31 PM
So you are saying that parents who use the park as a babysitting tool (which each of the CFLP parks get used as) won't continue to be used as one even if the parks raise the price?

I mean I agree with you on the sweet spot thing, but buying a season pass for the kids is going to be less in the long run then hiring a babysitter no matter which way you look at it.

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Monday, December 12, 2005 12:42 PM
You all keep forgetting the closest park to Chicago... Michigan's Adventure!

http://www.miadventure.com/spass.shtml

$90.00 season pass

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Monday, December 12, 2005 4:37 PM
Well, it is still more expensive than WOF. ;)
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Monday, December 12, 2005 5:49 PM
It's only cheaper to buy at WoF if one is going to BE at WoF to get the pass in the first place. With gas prices the way they are, I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase at WoF just because passes are cheaper there. Cheaper is relative.

One thing I wonder about....aren't combo passes only good for the park you purchased them at? So if one buys a combo pass at Knotts, it can't be used for Soak City at CP?

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Monday, December 12, 2005 5:54 PM
If we get the KBF combo pass which includes the water park does that also include Soak City at CP? I checked the website and it seems unclear.
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Monday, December 12, 2005 6:19 PM
If you buy a WOF/OFF combo pass you get into everything that CF:LP owns whereas that is not the case with most of the others. Also since WOF opens before the rest of the seasonal parks and has a nice new inverted, WHY WOULDN'T YOU BE GOING THERE? ;)
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Monday, December 12, 2005 7:17 PM
Now are we all assuming that the prices are with the waterparks included. I just dont do water parks, and if that is not the case then, they are over pricing several of the parks.

Dorney for 99.95 which i assume does include the waterpark, thats decent pricing, but i think it should still go along the lines of geauga lake. They are similiar in size and about the same in everything else. Although i would give Dorney a slight edge because they do have a hyper.

But those prices seem overexagerrated for some of those parks, dorney and michigans adventure should be on the same level as at least gl. I cant say much for the others, since i really know not all that much about them.

Jeff, to add to this isnt there a few cedar fair parks that use parent swap, which is basically like babysitting, does that cost the park something, or how does that really even work. I know in the brochure i got from visiting dorney they had it, but it wasnt really all that clear to a person that wouldnt have to use it. *** Edited 12/13/2005 12:20:03 AM UTC by MagnunBarrel***

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Monday, December 12, 2005 8:34 PM

Swoosh said:
  • Knotts Berry Farm $115.00 (Ride and Slide $135.00)

  • That's full price, though. Knott's usally has a discount on passes every year. The passes are about $75 when they are on sale (Premium about $90).

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