gomez said: The park has always stayed open until the last weekend of October. They count Friday as the weekend and that's the reason for this. It's not as big as a deal as some are making it.
I'm not sure I'd describe being open in November for the first time in 137 years as common.
It's not something that I'd consider earth-shattering news, but in my defense (re: breaking news), the news has been slow lately and extending to a 7th month (and having 8 HalloWeekends) is noteworthy, especially considering our audience.
Besides, I hadn't heard the lame "CP fanboy" thrown around in a while and I wanted to do my part to help. :)
I think it's more than just the fact that Halloween is on a Friday. These are the weekends where they really rake in the attendance. Back in 2003 Halloween was on Friday and the last opperating day was the previous Sunday.
I think the real test as to wether they keep opperating in November in the future will be the weather and attendance. That was probably a big reason they only did the Christmas event one year. If the crouds hold true to their pattern for the Halloween events, decent weather will bring insane attendence.
There are at least a few parks in the US that aren't Cedar Point (*gasp*) that have done operating hours sort of like this in the past. Some do reduced things operating in the park, or reduced cost, or reduced hours. Didn't some of the Six Flags parks open on a Halloween night when it fell on a Wednesday or something a few years ago? I seem to remember hearing about that somewhere.
With all the parks doing this next year, it will be interesting to see what attendance is like. In all the other cases where parks have stayed open longer, I don't think they really promoted it much, and not that many people went. It will be interesting to see if more promotion (or at least having the dates on the calendars) pulls in record numbers for the parks, or if people will feel like Halloween is over and they would rather stay home and go Christmas shopping.
You do realize that the e-mail went to PointBuzz, a community of Cedar Point fans. It's more than just a convenient calendar. Halloween was on a Friday just four years ago in 2003, but the park closed on October 26 that year.
At no point in this conversation did anyone even remotely imply that Cedar Point was extra special for doing this, or that Cedar Point invented November operating hours. You interjected that, just before playing the fanboy card.
Did anyone else notice they will open at 11am on Sundays for Halloweekends as opposed to 10am as they have done in the past? (except for Oct 5th which they are open 10-10) *** Edited 12/6/2007 1:47:32 PM UTC by john peck***
I didn't think VF was 'extra special' for keeping their Halloween Haunt open from 10/29 thru Halloween while CP didn't. The local park just happens to be a half-hour trip from the city. That's all. *shrug*
You open the park when the market dictates people will come. And given the way people do CP during Halloweekends...sheesh. That's not even enough.
NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.
The length of the season essentially hasn't changed, it's just that we haven't seen it go this late since they pushed it to this many weekends in the fall (I think 2004 was the first year they did more than six weekends after Labor Day) because the calendar simply didn't cause that.
Regardless, it does indicate a pretty radical shift in the last few years to late-season attendance. That's interesting to think about though because the weather is still a crap shoot. It was great to good enough for all but one of the weekends this year, and it was a huge score. Other years have been crappy week after week.
And yes, the fanboy comment was stupid, smiley face or not.
^You dont have to be shivering, gator, just have zero self consciousness. If its going to be cold and Im going to a park, come night time I will resemble a cross between Frosty and the Pillsbury Doughboy due to my massive Columbia 2 layer jacket, sweatshirt, fleece, turtleneck and under armor accented with under armor pants, flannel lined jeans, boots, wool socks (and liners,) gloves so thick I lose most fine motor control and a hat (or two.)
Sure I have to restrict some rides I ride on (no way Ill fit,) and Ill be doing laundry all week, but I will not, not be shivering.
Also the cold air whipping around your face makes any coaster 10X better. :)
*** Edited 12/7/2007 12:07:37 AM UTC by Touchdown***
Geez. I didn't know the word "cpfanboy" would rile up a couple of you here. I just used it as a joke and to make reference to some blowing the closing day of CP out of proportion and thinking it was some groundbreaking news.
I will forever in the future take your feelings into account. :)
My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.