Posted Monday, January 9, 2006 1:30 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Pat and Mike review this week's news in the amusement industry.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
I want a shoutout!
Is that what they're calling it these days? ;)
While Kinzel may not equal Disney, but you gotta admit he has made something of himself and is successful.
Walt Disney did what no one can ever do again.
That's why I think it's an invalid comparison.
And while Indiana may have had the first true theme park, Walt brought the concept to the masses and to ridiculous levels of success. That's why he gets the credit.
In both cases though, the people who did much of the heavy lifting under these two leaders are massively overlooked. No doubt Mr. Kinzel did a lot for Cedar Fair. But the company had great success because of him and in spite of him.
Those $1500 deals are awesome but are for the value resorts during value season and include base tickets. If you want park hopper or non-expirary, or a water park day, you have to pay for those. If you want a moderate resort during regular season, you are easily looking at $2200+ (that's for 3 people, not the 4 that the $1500 is quoted for, I've been checking already for our next trip). A Deluxe will run you $2800+. I can't even begin to imagine what you'd pay during peak or holiday season.
We actually rented a house (4 bedroom/3 bath with it's own pool) about 15 minutes from Disney last year which ran about $900 but we were able to split that 3 ways. We would've had to have gotten at least 2 rooms if we would've stayed at a resort or paid out the rear-end for a villa. We were there during "holiday" season and 2 rooms at a value resort would've have run us about $1300 and that was for 5 nights, we had the house for a week. So if you are going with a group and don't mind sharing a place (and little bit of driving), renting a house is more affordable.
We had bought our tickets before the new pricing went into effect. They were 5-day non-expire park hoppers with essentially 2 extra days free to be used at the water parks, pleasure island or disney quest. They cost a little over $200 and our daughters was around $180. A similar 5 day ticket today would cost around $300 for adult or $265 for a child. The more days you buy, the cheaper per day it becomes. http://allearsnet.com/pl/ticketchart.htm#MYW3 shows how the ticket pricing works now.
You really have to research all options available or have a travel agent that has gone to Disney for their travel training seminars to get the best possible deal.*** This post was edited by loriu 1/9/2006 5:17:38 PM ***
*** This post was edited by loriu 1/9/2006 5:18:14 PM ***
I've often sacrificed the 'deal' in the name of convenience.
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