Posted Monday, July 24, 2006 7:55 PM | Contributed by CoastersNSich
After only one year, Paramount's Kings Island officials announced Monday they will cancel WinterFest because of disappointing attendance in 2005, said Maureen Kaiser, spokeswoman for the park.
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Once my wife and I heard of Cedar Fair, buying out the Paramount's Parks, the FIRST thing we thought of was, "There goes Winterfest!" And behold...
You know, I could understand if it was four or five years of low attendance, but one FREAKN' year, and they are calling it quits? I have yet to talk to a person that didn't like it. Heck, I came back and told everyone about it, and I know of at least 20 people that already bought there tickets this for this year, who didn't go to it last year.
King's Island did an UNBLEVIABLE job at it this past year, I went when it was 10 degrees, we dressed for the weather, it snowed, we stayed warm, they had warming stations all around the park, it was just an awesome time for the season.
I posted the Winterfest video, and people have asked me when's the next one going to be. Stop taking the charm from parks!!!!!
Yeah, Cedar Point is great, but people need diversity. We can go back to the whole GL, Sea World thing on this but it's not going to help anyone.
I think to put the blame on attendance is bull over this. We all can name sleeper hits at amusement parks that took more than a month to get the word out, and now they are legends. I wish they would just say, "Yeah, we don't want to take the time or effort this holiday season to decorate the park. Shoot, we to take this whole place and make it look like Cedar Point before April 5, 2007...Heck WOW that's too early to open even then, let's make it May 5 to save some dollars. And you want us to do something that was a tradition?....Now where's my tree cutter?"
I was merely stating that this is likely the first of a few things that will save cost for the park. I wouldn't be surprised if those walkbacks get axed too. And maybe the way the park opens in early April. Nor would I be surprised if wages get cut.
I agree that I don't want them to strip everything out of that park and turn it into CP, but I'm not going to shed any tears over this move.
*** This post was edited by MDOmnis 7/25/2006 6:32:55 AM ***
In fact, I'm not aware of any winterfest events (in northern climates anyway) that I would deem successful. Sea World tried and failed. King's Island and the Point couldn't make it work.
It is too freaking cold to be outside. Stone Mountain in Georgia does a great winter fest and I will say there's is pretty great...but they are also in 50 degree weather instead of 20-30 degree weather. That is a big difference.
You can blame Cedar Fair if you want to, but as a unitholder I'm happy they are making these kinds of decisions.
Id honestly like to see KI just open up the main street for ice skatiing, a restaurant or two.
Have it open daily 6-10 for five bucks a person.
They already got the decorations and stuff and it wouldn't have to hinder whats going on in the rest of the park.
Yeah, I believe it was a little short sighted and a ton of money that would have probably built a beemer for the park but then again, people asked for it and didn't come in the numbers needed.
What would you blame it on then? Some evil conspiracy by Dick Kinzel to piss you off?
I think to put the blame on attendance is bull over this.
It floors me that people still think this sort of thing is an emotional decision. If it made money, they'd do it. Why is that so hard to understand? All the touchy feely good will on the planet doesn't make it a contributor to the bottom line.
Remember, PKI did $108 million with more attendance than CP, which did $210 million. I realize that includes hotels, but clearly PKI has a whole lot of room to grow.
Dollywood can stay open because the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is a tourist destination year round. Sandusky is not...and having lived there for many years I can say for certain that there is a good reason for that. It isn't a fun place to be in the winter...not withstanding the new indoor water parks.
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