CF season passes get stranger and stranger

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 11:21 AM
1EyedJack's avatar I have always wanted to go to Mall of America, so Maybe I will this spring, and get my Maxpass at VF.

They are trying to boost attendance at GL, I would think they would offer a deal similar to what they did with MA.


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Tuesday, January 30, 2007 2:01 PM
sws's avatar 1EyedJack said:
I have always wanted to go to Mall of America, so Maybe I will this spring, and get my Maxpass at VF.

VF is still offering a discount on a MaxxPass for $85 but that is for the early purchase and prices will likely increase soon. I'm not sure when the discount expires. It was extended "through the holidays" but the promotion has continued. If you buy the MaxxPass at VF, that is where you would have to get your picture taken and pass issued. You can purchase it on-line now and have the pass issued later to still be able to get the discount price. VF's season begins in mid-May. So if you wanted to hit any of the other CF parks before then, purchasing your pass at VF could be a disadvantage.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007 5:30 PM

Jeff said:
Why is it so hard to understand? It's not like people who have passes at one park are going to make frequent trips to the other parks.

There's always the exception to the rule.

I've had Six Flags passes for the last three years despite not living in the USA, and I've made the most of them. Last year I ended up with a Valleyfair pass largely because that was one of two CF parks on my agenda and the pass was cheaper than two day admissions.

The strangest one I've ended up with was a Wild Adventures pass, which was only ever used on one day - where we hit Wild Adventures and Cypress Gardens together. Despite what people who know me might say the day *wasn't* planned to have two parks in it; it just ended up happening that way.


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Tuesday, January 30, 2007 7:02 PM
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned that Wonderland is retailing the Cedar Fair Maxx Pass for a mere $99.03. I don't know about you guys but that seems like a pretty good bargain.

Living in Chatham Ontario we usually do the Lake Erie circle tour starting at Wonderland. From Wonderland we cross at Buffalo stop at Darien Lake for a few hours spend the night in Allentown then drive to Cleveland. Following Cleveland is Cincinnati for two nights and then back down to Sandusky for a night, (starlight & full day) before crossing at Windsor after a day at Cedar Point. That’s six park admissions total, five of which are covered by the season pass, and really who needs a Six Flags pass for a few laps on Superman once a year. It works out pretty good for us and I'm sure I have seen a few other people mention living in close proximity of here. *** Edited 1/31/2007 12:04:03 AM UTC by Phil&Melissa***


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Tuesday, January 30, 2007 9:04 PM
Jeff's avatar Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but it's a very safe generalization, and they know this because they measure every thing. Seriously, that company doesn't take a dump without finding out the length of the turd.

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Thursday, February 1, 2007 10:02 PM
Jeff, after lurking here for months that comment finally made me register. That has to be one of the most random comments I've ever heard in my life. I got a mental picture of Dick Kinzel leaning over a toilet with a tape measure.
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Friday, February 2, 2007 7:09 AM
LOL!

The funny/scary thing is that regardless if you love CF or hate them, Jeff's right - they are very meticulous in their record keeping, statistics taking, and measuring just about everything imaginable. (Which I actually see as a good thing, and I believe helped them get to where they are today)

I remember being "surveyed" -- simply for my zip code and age "for statistical purposes" not once but twice at CP (For those of you who don't know where I live, it's approximately a 7-8 hour drive from my house to CP depending on traffic, so while I like going, it's not exactly a day trip....usually :)) The only reason it doesn't happen to me at Dorney is because I'm there so much, most of the staff recognize me and don't ask me stuff like that. :)


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Friday, February 2, 2007 11:00 AM
rollergator's avatar That *meticulousness* does help to explain the no re-riding policy...

...but given what we know about turnstiles, etc., seems like it would make just as much sense to have an intern check ridership on 2-3% of dispatches and *estimate* ridership. You end up with figures that really are just as accurate in the long run....statistically-speaking.. ;)

The CF season pass THREAD just gets stranger and stranger... :)

*** Edited 2/2/2007 4:01:11 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Friday, February 2, 2007 12:40 PM
Rick_UK's avatar

sws said:
A season pass at Valleyfair! is only $75

That is about as much as it is to go into Alton Towers for the day...


Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Friday, February 2, 2007 2:51 PM
Jeff's avatar Bill: You would think that, but if you've ever seen one of their count sheets (I think they do it hourly), it varies radically ride to ride, day to day and hour to hour. If you only used little pieces here and there, the sample would be statistically insignificant.

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Friday, February 2, 2007 3:22 PM
rollergator's avatar Jeff, I see what you're saying, and there's an important distinction. Random statistical sampling (methodology is CRITICAL) can get you scary-good results...poor methodology can yield you nothing but worthless scraps of paper.

I guess my FIRST thought was the number of times I've seen a kid stand next to a turnstile and SPIN the sucker for fun....or the number of times you could walk AROUND the turnstiles...those things CAN'T be too accurate. As always, my observations, nothing *scientific* here...


How many political races have been "called" based on <3-5% of precincts reporting...

Of course, every so often, Dewey DOESN'T beat Truman....LOL! :)

*** Edited 2/2/2007 8:24:05 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Friday, February 2, 2007 4:39 PM
Jeff's avatar Being a little more familiar, at least at Cedar Point, with their process, it's pretty strong overall. For major rides, the person at turnstile is also there for crowd control, so it's not really a needless position, and the count is pretty accurate.

While I don't know this for a fact, I'm fairly certain that they can measure the cost of giving a single rider a ride on anything. That would be a very interesting thing to know.


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