Family visits SFGAm on the VIP package.

Saturday, August 23, 2008 12:34 PM
A mother and her 3 children purchased the VIP package tickets and seemed to have a good time.

This will put a smile on Gonch's face. :)

Click here.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:02 PM
So this lady and her 3 kids spent $1196.00 to go to 6 flags without any mention of a hotel stay included! She actually thinks she got a good deal! ????
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Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:29 PM
Actually that seemed like a good deal. Even with the shorter hour's. Front of the ride passes with 4 people Food drink and free games, its not a bad value.

4 online Tickets are 159.96
4 person Flashback Gold is 180.00
8 Super hero meals(and the family here ate a lot better than what the meal)Counting lunch and dinner
4 Snacks and drink coupons $30
Preferred parking $25.
After tax its about $500

Add in Games, Pay per ride attractions. Arcade games, locker rentals. Your inching closer to $1000 with 4 people.

So add in a tour guide and $1200 isn't a bad deal.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008 2:17 PM
Some people have a lot of money to burn.
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Saturday, August 23, 2008 4:47 PM
^Which has been "the point" of Gonch's argument all along. If you have a few dozen (or a couple hundred) people who are willing to $pend like that for an enhanced experience that really doesn't detract noticeably from that of the remainder of the park's guests....you're pretty much obligated (to the shareholders at least) to provide the free-spenders an avenue to fork over that kind of money while feeling that they got good value.

Frankly, given the acceptance by the non-users of these services, it would be "stupid" to fail to offer them. The author says she got a good deal, I'm pretty certain Shapiro is happy - that's what the marketplace is all about. :)

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Saturday, August 23, 2008 4:59 PM

Chitown said:
This will put a smile on Gonch's face. :)

Indeed.

Because...


Kevin Max said:
Some people have a lot of money to burn.


rollergator said:
^Which has been "the point" of Gonch's argument all along.

EXACTLY!

Believe it or not, enthusiasts respresent the public opinion and value in parks as much as this lady does. It's that pesky perspective thing again.

People here will balk and snicker at the idea of a $1200 visit being worth it and turn around and spend several times that traveling and riding coasters this year. The average person probably looks at enthusiast habits and thinks to themselves, "Some people have a lot of money to burn."

But yeah, this is exactly the point of the VIP and it shows that not only are people willing to pay, but they think it's a good value after they do.

I think it looks like a sweet-ass day. I wish I could justify the price, but I do pretty good with a little planning and a gold bot. :)

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Saturday, August 23, 2008 9:40 PM
Unlimited games could mean you could get a ton of prizes and sell them to recoup the cost of the VIP package. I wonder if they limit the amount of prizes you can win though.
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Sunday, August 24, 2008 9:15 AM

PKIEMPSOB said:
Actually that seemed like a good deal. Even with the shorter hour's. Front of the ride passes with 4 people Food drink and free games, its not a bad value.

4 online Tickets are 159.96
4 person Flashback Gold is 180.00
8 Super hero meals(and the family here ate a lot better than what the meal)Counting lunch and dinner
4 Snacks and drink coupons $30
Preferred parking $25.
After tax its about $500

Add in Games, Pay per ride attractions. Arcade games, locker rentals. Your inching closer to $1000 with 4 people.

So add in a tour guide and $1200 isn't a bad deal.


Who really needs flashpash, 100's of games, arcade games, pay per attractions, and snacks? If you go to the park, and you are doing all that stuff, it may be a good idea for those people, but who really spends all that money on that stuff? You also don't have to park in the $25 lot. You could park for $15.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008 10:28 PM
^I think it comes down to buying an experience when you take advantage of a package like this.

Would someone buy all of those things if they were paying for them individually? Eh, maybe, maybe not. But put them altogether and wrap a bow around them and now you are selling an entire experience. To me, that's where the draw exists.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 2:57 AM
German pop star. That was classic. If I ever do something like this I'm gonna ask my guide to make me some sort of faux celebrity.
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Thursday, August 28, 2008 9:27 AM
It's the park's "caste system" in full swing. But I would like this for my sweetest 16 birthday party.;)

Article-


I recently had the opportunity to visit Six Flags Great America on a VIP Pass

Opportunity? Did it realy cost her anything? She did write a raving article about the program. Hmmmm...


The VIP pass is expensive — for Six Flags Great America it costs $299 per person, with a four person minimum. The price does vary per park. For example, at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (in Louisville) the VIP Pass costs $199.

Would anyone spend even that kind of money at SFKK? There is a big contrast between those two parks.


We heard maybe one or two negative comments about us from other riders the whole day. At one ride, when someone complained to Kate (my 16-year-old), Bill told them she was a German pop star. They quieted right down!

German rock star? Puh-leeeeeze. I would ask for her autograph and a picture taken with her. Get to the back of the line and sweat it out like the rest of us!

I could go on and on...

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:34 AM
I have never been to CP, and when I finally go I'd like to spend 3 days there.

But...

Would it be cheaper (factoring in food, hotel, etc.) to buy the season pass and stay for 3 days or pay $400 for VIP and stay for one?

In the end I'm sure the ride totals would wind up being the same. Not to mention the allure of VIP ride hopping is hard to resist...especially at a line intensive park like CP.

*** Edited 8/28/2008 3:35:50 PM UTC by Emiroo***

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:27 PM
That depends on a number of factors. When are you going? Are you staying on property? How many are in your party?

Keep in mind:

  • Breakers Express will run you $90 a night minimum; Breakers is more like $200 a night.
  • Food and games are not included in the Cedar Point VIP package.
  • There is a miminum of two people for the tour and a maximum of eight.
  • Cedar Point does offer packages for hotel and tickets. You might want to consider that first.
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Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:30 PM
If they are close in price, 3 days sound like the better deal to me. Why rush around trying to get as many rides as possible in one day when you can take your time and enjoy 3 days instead?

Just being in the park and seeing the sights is fun in itself.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 7:07 PM
Hmmmmmm, I just checked CP's VIP page, and a
VIP package for the longer summer hours is $400, while one for Halloweekends is $425.

Anybody care to point out what I'm missing here?

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Thursday, August 28, 2008 10:22 PM
The extreme crowds that Halloweekends draws?
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Friday, August 29, 2008 12:19 PM
Higher demand for the VIP?
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