New Ohio Parking Pass Offered by Cedar Fair

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 4:04 PM
Just got this link in an e-mail from a co-worker in Detroit. Seems like Cedar Fair finally realized that 3 parking stickers was a bit excessive. I like the no payments until March 1, 2007 deal, too!

http://www1.paramountparks.com/cedarfair/shop/cedar_point.cfm

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 4:10 PM
Finally.

Now what about the people who have already bought a CP or GL sticker? Exchangeable?

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 4:24 PM
^Just called CP, it will be upgradable in the spring! Wohoo!
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 4:53 PM
This is from the new blog:

Wait a minute – I already purchased a parking pass for Cedar Point. Now what do I do?

If you’ve already purchased a parking pass and you’re interested in switching to the new All-Ohio Parking Pass, here’s the procedure. You’ll mail two things – the parking pass voucher you have already, and payment for the difference between what your parking pass cost and how much the new pass is now. This requires some math!

So for example, you already paid $70.00 for a regular parking pass and you want to upgrade to the new All-Ohio Parking Pass for $75.00. You’ll send us the original parking voucher AND a check for $5.00 to make up the difference between the two. Checks can be made payable to Cedar Point.

Once you have both things together, you can mail them to Cedar Point, Attn: Admissions Department, 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH, 44870-5259.

If you have further questions, you can contact the Cedar Point Season Pass hotline at 419.627.2309.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 5:18 PM
This still dont help me as I have 3 cars.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 5:34 PM
But now they will sell you a discounted sticker for the second (or third) car. Also a bit of a change.

So what about those of us who have already obtained *two* parking passes? And how can I possibly send my Kings Island parking pass up to Cedar Point given that it is "embedded" in my temporary Maxx Pass?

They are taking a step in the right direction, but they still don't seem to understand that their customers seem to be figuring out the details of the Cedar Fair/Paramount merger faster than they are...!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 5:58 PM
^If by customers you mean obssesed coaster enthusiasts (ie anyone thats actually thinking of, let alone owning two parking passes in Novemeber ;)) then I agree with you. Im sure you and them will figure something out.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 6:04 PM
I do find it quite amusing that "obsessed coaster enthusiasts" seem to have better ideas than high-paid (I'm assuming) executives who are supposed to be really smart in these areas. Makes me think CF should hire some enthusiasts as consultants.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 6:51 PM
The difference is that high-paid executives make decisions based on what's best for the company's bottom line. Obsessed enthusiasts make armchair CEO decisions based on what's best for them.

Big difference in the goal of said decisions.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 7:48 PM
I still am annoyed that they want to put a sticker on my car. I hated the stickers before, and it's the only reason I used to buy a Joe Cool pass. Bah... I'm not even going to get into it again.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 8:19 PM
Meh. This seems to be a reasonable compromise. Then again, we have two cars, the family truckster and a beater from my grad-school days, so it's not as if we have any vehicular aesthetics to preserve in the first place...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 8:29 PM
Stickers flat out suck.

Rarely do we travel in the same car to different parks depending, and what is so risky about a parking "P" on your pass? Gah.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 8:33 PM
The Ohio Sticker price has been listed:

$75!

"Valid at Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom, Cedar Point and Paramount's Kings Island only."


Not bad... I got the info from GL's website.

*** Edited 11/22/2006 1:34:18 AM UTC by SteveWoA***

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 9:37 PM
Yes, we know. That was established in the first post.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 9:40 PM
But Rideman - your Kings Island parking permit was a complimentary gift for renewing your Kings Island season pass, so I would think it has essentially no trade up value. Your CP parking permit does. Now you have to ask yourself, "Is Geauga Lake parking worth the $25 upgrade?"


Last year you said you went there twice, at that rate I'm thinking per diem parking at Geauga Lake might be a better deal with those visitation numbers. Of course the permit may encourge more visitation to "break even". so....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006 10:06 AM

Lord Gonchar said:The difference is that high-paid executives make decisions based on what's best for the company's bottom line. Obsessed enthusiasts make armchair CEO decisions based on what's best for them.Big difference in the goal of said decisions.

Agreed, *almost* completely...nonetheless, I can't help but think that Dave's little tidbit holds a LOT of truth (a "Bucket of Truth" for UCB fans):


RideMan said:...their customers seem to be figuring out the details of the Cedar Fair/Paramount merger faster than they are...!

This is NOT specific to parking, but seems to be happening in several "key" areas where I would have been *tempted* to believe that CF had thought aboput when picking up the entire Paramount chain like that...

...and let me state that while I've not always been the biggest advocate for CF in some areas, I've always considered the chain to have the smartest *business decisions* - Disney of course notwithstanding... ;)

*** Edited 11/22/2006 3:08:51 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006 10:31 AM
I don't know, 'gator. CF's operating margins were actually *higher* than Disney's, when last I checked.

I suspect this (and other things like it) are a result of too much to do to integrate the two systems, and too little time to get all the i's dotted and t's crossed.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006 10:50 AM
^ Do ya know the last time Disney DROPPED the gate? I don't....but CP did it in '06... ;)

Disney is also geared up for a major run at the Asian market, something CF is *probably* not going to be involved in....that certainly didn't help the Mouse in the short run, but holds a LOT of promise for future growth, something we're not so sure about when referring to the US market...

Of course, I *personally* own, what, a couple hundred shares of bargain-basement SF stock, so.... :)

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006 12:25 PM

Brian Noble said:
I suspect this (and other things like it) are a result of too much to do to integrate the two systems, and too little time to get all the i's dotted and t's crossed.

I'd also subscribe to that line of thought.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006 2:11 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
The difference is that high-paid executives make decisions based on what's best for the company's bottom line.

I'm sure Lay, Skilling, Dunn and others would heartily agree with that statement, Gonch. ;)

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