Is it fair to charge the same amount for tickets a

Sunday, April 13, 2003 8:51 PM
One thing that has perplexed me lately is why parks charge you the same amount of money no matter how much of the park is actually open. Since the "free" waterparks and many water rides aren't open during spring and fall, shouldn't the ticket prices be lower?
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Sunday, April 13, 2003 9:14 PM
No The water parks that are free are with admission. They are included. I don't think it should be cheeper. Personally I would like to see a non rider admission.

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Sunday, April 13, 2003 9:44 PM
Actually, Dorney Park's tickets are cheaper during the early season when Wildwater Kingdom isn't open. The even stay reduced until mid-june, long after the waterpark has opened, yet still soon enough that the weather may not be favorable for getting wet all day.

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Monday, April 14, 2003 5:18 AM
Kennywood has a non-rider admission. Are there any other parks that do this?


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Monday, April 14, 2003 5:50 AM
Knoebel's comes to mind quickly. No gate at all, in fact.

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Monday, April 14, 2003 6:21 AM
True, but Kennywood & Knoebels are the exception to the rule, it would seem. Many parks will offer a discount after 4pm on summer days when they are open late. I know that's not the same thing, but it's something.

As for discounts due to non-operating rides, that shouldn't be an issue. Everyone knows that rides go down from time to time. Besides there are plenty of oppertunities to grab a discount coupon to almost every park in the country by just grabbing one at a Burger King or local grocery store. Anyone who actually pays full price for admission anywhere is usually not trying hard enough to get a discount. Hell, most of the time there are guests near the ticket booths with extra coupons that they are giving away.

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Monday, April 14, 2003 6:48 AM
And a lot of those discount coupons offer a better discount early and/or late in the season.

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Monday, April 14, 2003 8:01 AM
No, but I get I-Fan's point. Like if you go to HersheyPark's "Springtime in the Park" the rate is much cheaper than the summer rates because only a portion of the park is open. It would seem reasonable for a park like SFA with an included waterpark to have different rates when the waterpark is not open (ala Dorney). That's one of those "Things to make you go, hmmmmm".

lata, jeremy

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Monday, April 14, 2003 9:58 AM

PKI early bird tickets are about half price compared to normal tix. You can get them at AAA or any Blockbuster.
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Monday, April 14, 2003 10:20 AM
I always thought a free waterpark was just a bonus, like Flashback being open at SFMM. ;)

I would think that if a park decided to have a separate admission to their waterpark, it would be *in addition* to the current price they already have. If the waterpark was free with admission at CP, I wouldn't expect the price daily in the summer to be around $55 or more.

-Danny
*** This post was edited by Koaster King 4/14/2003 2:21:28 PM ***

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Monday, April 14, 2003 10:46 AM
Flashback being open is more of a "penalty" ;)

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Monday, April 14, 2003 11:33 AM

Kennywood has a non-rider admission. Are there any other parks that do this?

But how does this work???How can they actually stop people going on the rides anyway, Do they hand out wristbands to prove you are a rider or something like that, Sorry but I'm just curious

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Monday, April 14, 2003 12:00 PM
Yes, Kennywood is wristband (and ticket) based.

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Monday, April 14, 2003 12:17 PM
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is like that too. You can pay for the tickets individually or just get an armband. If you want to walk around, and just absorb the sights and sounds, it's free.
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Monday, April 14, 2003 2:40 PM
Myrtle Beach PAvillion and Family Kindom have no rider admissions, MBP is around $5, and Family Kingdom is free.

All the parks w/ no rider admissions are bassed on a pay-per-ride system, meaning you pay for tickets or a writband. Each ride costs x amount of tickets, an a writband gives unlimited rides.

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Monday, April 14, 2003 3:26 PM

jdancisin said:
Kennywood has a non-rider admission. Are there any other parks that do this?

Many of the smaller parks charge a small addmission and then you buy a POP band or buy ride tickets. Bushkill Park, Williams Grove, Lakemont (sometimes, never really know what they are up to :)), and Indiana Beach are just some of them. Several parks, like Knoebel's and DelGrosso's are free admission and you just buy the tickets or POP.

But if you are looking to get your money's worth, check out some of the smaller parks, they will surprise you.

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