I wonder, has business slowed down for them or are they just cutting costs by remaining closed on days when they normally haven't done too much business? I am aware that a number of other parks such as GL are doing even more dramatic cutbacks.
As for pricing, a regular all day ticket is going from $28.95 to $31. I believe they did this because GL is raising their prices. Because of this they now feel it is safe to do this after freezing the price for 4 years.
As is the case with GL, there is no word on any new rides at this time.
Another thought is that the school calendar might be affecting that last week in August...
Just find it hard to believe that Kennywood isn't doing so well....based on nothing more substantial than my *limited* personal observations....
I do believe that the park is doing all right. They just want to trim some costs without compromising on quality. The switch to all POP admission in 2005 was done for this reason so the park could save on the costs associated with using wristbands and ride tickets.
As far as regular operation days, the park has always figured them out the same way... start at the end of the year, count backwards with the number of picnics/groups scheduled, and when you run out, that's opening day. There's never been an absolute set date.
The price going up has nothing to do with Geauga. The PA minimum wage is going up $2/hour by next summer. That's a terrible hit for the park to absorb, as they already absorbed the extra money going to the local amusement tax without raising prices at all.
As a salaried employee, I have no minumum wage, therefore, I get no pay increase. Meanwhile, priices go up all around me because companies need to find a way to support the extra money they're spending.
Anyway, with college tuition skyrocketing, anything more that those students get from their summer jobs is likely to be needed more than ever.
I just have to ask, what is happening at HP, DP, Knoebels, etc regarding their pricing. Waldameer is going up by $1 but the new drop tower is in now as well. Also Waldameer raising prices a bit now can reduce the increase that will be taking place once Ravine Flyer 2 opens. I certainly expect DelGrossos to raise their prices because of the coaster they are adding. Likewise for the Wood Coaster POP option at Knoebels once Flying Turns is completed. Lakemont is also expected to raise their ridiculously low prices by a dollar or two. If their staffing costs go up, they have little or no margin left to avoid an increase.
As luck would have it, the last full week of August is when I traditionally have vacation, as it's after camp ends and school begins.
Quite a few parks cut back that week, due to school schedules, less possible employees, less peeps visiting, less money made...yada yada yada.
I might have to think long and hard as to where to go this year. (Of course the biggest issue of where we go will be based on what's open when and my son's height by mid-August) [COME ON GROWTH SPURT!]
Meanwhile, priices go up all around me because companies need to find a way to support the extra money they're spending.
Welcome to the farcical reality of inflation. Prices go up, pay goes up, people end up in the same place they were (or behind).
Imo, Kennywood will be priced just right at $31.
Unfortunately, that starts a nasty cycle -- raise the minimum wage to help earners at that level make ends meet, and another round of inflation can kick in. Does it suck for the rest of us? Sure, but it sucks even more for them.
is a TAX on anyone who doesn't make minimum wage.
I believe that more people working at a living wage means fewer instances of much more expensive costs in other sectors of our economy. True, that means that our effective buying power goes down, but I'd argue that it goes down by *less* than it would otherwise.
And, the new Penna minimum wage still isn't a living wage for many. At $7.15/hr, an employee working 50 hour weeks (10 at 1.5 time), 50 weeks a year, earns a shade under $20,000 per year. That's exactly at the Federal poverty line for a family of four. The second parent could also work, but child care costs eat up a substantial chunk of the additional earnings.
At least in Michigan, it appears to no longer be the case that teenagers, young adults, and retired elderly staff these jobs. My local fast food emporiums have a surprising number of people in their 30s-50s working in them.
Finally, I already pay that tax willingly in many situations. For example, I shop at Costco, rather than Sams Club. Why? Because Costco pays their employees a living wage, and includes health benefits. Sam's is just WalMart on steroids. I probably spend an extra 2-5% or so at Costco compared to Sams, but I also don't have to wonder how those employees feed their families, or pay for their kids when they are seriously sick.
Then again, I'm a pinko commie limousine liberal who can afford an extra few bucks at the amusement park gates, so take my opinion for what it is worth---not much to many of you, I'm sure.
Don't you know people are poor because they WANT to be? To heck with ignorace, POVERTY is where the real bliss is at... ;)
That's what happens when you learn your macro economics as an undergraduate at Berkeley. ;)
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