John Peck,they raised their entrance tickets by 1$ in the middle of the summer last year. I think that Paramount`s Kings Island should just anounce their new attraction. I don`t see why they`ve waited so long. However in an email I recieved from JEffrey Siebert about a month ago, he said the website would be updates with what is new in early February.
Well, they've already kind of announced it at No Coaster. Don't get too excited, it's just a Vekoma junior inverted with a Rugrats theme and a retheming of the Kings Mills to the Wild Thornberry's. Both attractions will be in the new Nickelodeon Central area.
The Beast Machine Who Loves To Franchise said: This is really nice. I hate how cedar point tries to make so much money.
I don't want to start a CP vs. PKI war here, but how can you make a claim like that when PKI's admission charge has been higher than Cedar Point's for the last several years? Kings Island's entrance fee is still one dollar higher than CP's, even if they are keeping the admission price the same.
Yes, I agree that Cedar Point tries to make a lot of money, but so does Kings Island. If they didn't, they would go out of business in a hearbeat! -------------
Britneyguy said "You mean its a Caripro suspended junior coaster.Not Vekoma." Britneyguy, Paramount`s Kings Island already has a suspended junior caripro coaster, Scooby`s Ghoster coaster. The 2001 coaster is supposed to be an inverted coaster, not suspended
john peck, you're stealing my material again with that tram circle comment... :)
But in the 'credit where credit is due' department...Kings Island did comp the parking for renewing season pass holders for this season. Very nice of them to do that. Now if they would just work the parking into the gate price and eliminate the parking fee altogether, they could solve the morning traffic problems at the lot entrances...
So we know the new coaster is a Vekoma, and the flume re-do is a Hopkins. Now if we could just get some details...
Some people are complaining that these parks are trying to make more money. Of course they are! You people don't realize that at least at both CP & PKI you get incredible rides and superior service. My home park is SFGAdv (nee SFNJ)and all we get from increased prices is continued lousy service, filthy parks, broken rides, horrible food and ridiculous crowds. This applies to pretty much every SF park I've visited. You should be happy that your money goes to the right places. Besides all that, I would assume that anyone cruising this site would be buying a season pass anyway, which is always a bargain anyway, so why is there even a discussion? Let the GP pay the increase while you enjoy the improvements for your $70 or whatever your pass costs! Also SF does not let kids or seniors in for $19.99, which is a bargain. I have wanted my parents to take the grandchildren to the park for the longest time, but why should they pay full price to watch kids on kiddie rides? If you ask me, SF is the one gouging more money. P.S. SFGAdv was $9 last year for parking, rumored to be rising to $10 this year. YIPPEEE!
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As I remember parking at SFGADV last year the price of parking for the general lot was 8 dollars and if you wanted to park in prefered parking (A or B sections of the parking lot) it was an extra 5 dollars. At any rate if you have a season pass why wouldn't you add the little extra for the parking pass?
One of the new attractions for Kings Island for this season is a complete re-do of the Kings Mill flume. The new ride, the Wild Thornberrys River Adventure or something like that, will follow the same general layout as the old Kings Mill flume, but the old Arrow Fiberglas flume is being/has been removed, and Hopkins is constructing a new galvanized flume trough. When Jeff the PKI PR Dude was showing us the progress during the NAPHA event last fall, he didn't recall who was doing the mechanical work (he couldn't remember if it was Hopkins or Morgan)...at IAAPA last November I asked a couple of questions of just the right people and determined that indeed, Hopkins is doing the new ride mechanicals.
Regarding expensive parking... It's not that I object to parks trying to make some money. I'm a firm believer in capitalism myself. It's just that parking is one of those items which is an utterly unnecessary charge for most parks in that every vehicle entering the parking lot is going to dump from one to 75 people through the park gate. Charging anything at all for parking subjects the customer to a fee that he certainly doesn't appreciate, and probably doesn't have handy as he drives up to the entrance. Charging more than $5 is enough to get most people just a little upset...so now you're hitting customers up for money they didn't know they needed before they even get to the gate.
Since parks know how many cars park in the lot, they know how many people come through the gate, and they know how much money they want to make on parking, why not just work the parking fee into the gate price (and the season pass price, and the discount price, etc.). Then the park brings in the same revenue (maybe even more) to divert towards the parking facility...but can also advertise in big red letters on the brochure, "FREE PARKING!!!". Just like Holiday World does with the soft drinks...the drinks aren't actually "free", they're just included in the ticket price.
Prices have to go up at some point, whether it be parking, admission, or otherwise. An extra dollar is not really that much more to pay, especially when you take into consideration the quality of KI's rides. I have never been there, but its no secret that the park has some great coasters, and lots of them. If you think about how much money the park spends every year just to keep things working and looking good, a dollar doesn't seem too bad!