I had to switch to IE to fix the link... *** Edited 6/14/2008 11:07:26 PM UTC by a_hoffman50***
2 parents and 2 kid tickets on the bus: $261 total.
2 parents and 2 kid tickets to Holiday World @ gate price: $139.80 + gas for Tahoe @ $4 per gallon X 26 gallons = $104
$139.80+ 104= $243.80 total.
I don't see this being that popular. If it's cheaper to drive my gas guzzler, and I don't have to deal with a bunch of morons on a bus, I'll take the gas guzzler every day of the week.
Jeff Young said:
Here's the math for a family of four:
I swear it brings a tear to my eye.
You guys make me so proud. :)
I'm not saying that this is what the bus from Nashville is going to be like, but this is why I'd rather drive myself, especially if it's only a 2 hour drive.
In addition, it only runs on Wednesdays and Sundays. I wonder how something like this could make a difference on Holiday World's 2nd day business from Nashville. If you take the bus, you can't come back for a 2nd day for $19, because the bus doesn't run then. You'd have to stay through Wednesday, which would be a long time to spend in Santa Claus.
Anyway, I think this is a pretty interesting thing HW is trying out here. I'm guessing they did some market research and surveying and found some significant negative sentiment regarding gas prices in this market. Should be interesting to see how popular it is.
The hour of the morning when the buses leave is the thing that got me. The first location listed leaves at 4:45 a.m. in the morning and returns at 10:30 p.m.! I can't see many takers for that as HW isn't that big of a place (yet).
The last location listed leaves at 6:30 a.m. in the morning and returns at 9:00 p.m. Now we're starting to get a little bit closer to approaching what I could tolerate for a themepark trip.
The only appeal I could see for the bus is if you don't want to do the grueling drive back and forth since you've got to add an hour on the way back.
At least, I hope we're on central time. Otherwise I've been a hour early to everything I've done for the last four years.
I would say that it could be a good way to get teens in this market who are unable to drive or who's parents aren't keen on a 300+ mile road trip, but it says you must be/must be with someone 18 or older. I'm skeptical, but hopefully this will work out for the park.
It was only a week-long trip, but we kept passing back and forth through Eastern and Central Time far too many times. That was one of two surprise time zone changes on the trip.
The first one happened when we left from SFGAM and headed to Indiana Beach which is on Eastern Time. It wasn't until I saw a bank clock in town and then looked at my phone that I realized it!
You have to understand for those of us who've lived on the East Coast our whole lives, that the split time-zone concept in the same state is strange. We only change our clocks twice a year.
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