Charging at the gate also backfired at Connneaut Lake Park during the early 1990s. They tried to be like Kennywood but this discouraged some people that just wanted to take a ride or two on the Blue Streak or to spend a short time in the park (possibly dropping a few dollars on rides, food or games while they were there.) Most of the beachfront parks retained free gates and offered pay-per-ride as well as POP because of the casual visitors that would wander into the park and spend some money once they were there.
Parks like SCBB, Rye Playland, and Astroland (Coney Island) continue to have a free gate even now for the reasons mentioned above.
I rode Hurricane back in 2001 I believe and it was my #2 woodie back then.
I'm planning on going to Myrtle Beach again in early September for a weekend when I get back to college. I would hate to miss a last chance to go to the Pavilion and the last time I was down there I missed going to Family Kingdom so thats a must. *** Edited 7/17/2006 4:19:31 PM UTC by Quick25***
*Currently a ride op/ attendant at Six FLags America in South West Territory.*