While most of the major parks charge for parking (and consider this an important revenue source) there several parks of significant size that continue to offer free parking. That beloved trio of KW, KG and HW are among these parks (KW does have some $5 preferred parking; the others are entirely free). What are some other parks of medium size or larger that offer free parking?
Free parking is never free, you're simply upchrged elsewhere for it. ie: 5 cents on every ride ticket, 10 cents on every hotdog. It's in there somewhere, and you're probably paying more than you think.
At some small parks like DelGrossos, charging for parking would be folly. Think of all the families that see fit to make a casual stop at this park to play a round of minigolf or let their kids ride a few rides or maybe grab something to eat. This park recoups its parking revenue loss through greater volume elsewhere in the park from short term visitors. In many ways DG is like an FEC.
Or course this thread is about bigger parks and pay to park is the norm at these parks.
Paying to park has become the norm these days and I am pleasantly surprised when it is free. I have no problem with parking fees if they are also used to maintain the condition, safety, security and cleanliness of the lot. When there is a fee and these things are substandard I begin to feel the ripoff. Especially when many of the free lots do manage the upkeep.
Of course, maybe Waldameer could charge to park just for one year and use the proceeds to pave the lot that everyone parks in! ;) The thing is a crater filled, rocky, bumpy ride in and of itself. The funny thing is that the other lot they have is a beautifully paved and lined lot. It's off of another road, and the entrance is tree lined like it was the main entrance once upon a time.
SixFlagsKingdaKa said: Free parking is never free, you're simply upchrged elsewhere for it. ie: 5 cents on every ride ticket, 10 cents on every hotdog. It's in there somewhere, and you're probably paying more than you think.
Even if you look at it that way, during your visit to Kennywood, Indiana Beach or Holidayworld, you will still get more rides per buck and more BANG for your buck.
HW has a nominal entrance fee (as do the other ones!) and pop is free... For me to park and have one small pop at SF Great America it's over $18 !!!
I wouldn't call HWs or KWs admission nominal (maybe KWs is if you are over 55) but both are a good value. You don't have to spend a fortune in either park at places other than the gate. IB does have a nominal general admission charge ($2.50) with several pricing options for the rides including pay-per-ride, ride all day, and half-day.
On the other hand we have beaten the Six Flags issue so hard and for good reason. They have the highest parking prices and they still charge so much for admission, food, drinks, games, and Q-Bots.
Parks where free parking disappeared in recent years: TGE, DW, Camden. Are there others?
By the way, How about a new theme park called Monopoly Land. It would have railroads, a waterpark called the Water Works, a Boardwalk, a Jail walkthrough attraction, and of course, FREE PARKING! *** Edited 3/13/2007 2:47:35 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***