Posted Saturday, April 11, 2009 11:16 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Crowds have descended on Orlando's theme parks this holiday week, giving a much-needed boost to an industry that has rolled out discounts to keep visitors coming during the worst recession in decades. Experts say it's too early to tell if the crowds indicate a turning point.
Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.
I was just at BGA this past Thursday and I have never seen this park that packed. They were parking people in an open grassy field near their waterpark. Thank god this park has a zoo to walk around and see animals because waiting in line for the rides just wasn't happening.
I can only imagine how much worse the Orlando parks were.
I was there Friday and I had to leave after two hours because the park was so crowded. Inc-Hulk had 120 minute wait, Dueling Dragons had the lines extend 20 minutes from the "choose they fate" split. Since I 'm spoiled to only riding in the front, I refused to wait. I ended up leaving and seeing a movie and checking out Rockit's progress.
I understand it has been quite busy at Disneyland too. But I think the difference isn't discounts, but the new monthly payment option for the AP and the Birthday promotion.
Let's hope the use the wage savings along with the profits from the crowds to make some capital improvements.
I think it's all over as parks are starting to open. There's the news report of the VA parks, and KD being up 20% in attendance over opening weekend last year. They don't want to spend all their money on a vacation, but it's easy to visit their local <insert park here> amusement park and spend a day or 2.
I was going to go to Hershey's Springtime in the Park, pulled in the parking lot, got my season pass processed, and skipped going into the park because of how crowded it was. I don't think think that it's an indicator that the economy is picking up as much as it is people wanting good entertainment no matter how bad the economy is.
Note to self: Never go to a park during Spring Break, especially in Florida! :)
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