The little shopping center across the street from Geauga Lake has a sign up at the main entrance saying "Six Flags parking is prohibited". You could park there and say that you aren't parking for Six Flags. ;)
I do believe you will get ticketed if you park there and they see you go across the street to the park. Who knows they could even have your vehicle towed.
The parking is still $8. I was there a few weeks ago. If you want to save money on parking, than parking illegally is not a good gamble (I guarantee the towing expense will cost you more than the parking fee). If you want to make up for the lost $8, follow Peppermints' advice and go outside the park for food, or bring a cooler for your car (btw, they let us bring in bottles of water).
It's like commercials at the movie theater. Sure $8 is expensive to park, but do you want a clean park, rides that work, etc. ?
Your $40 or so (maybe $60 with a season pass) does not cover the daily expenses. Just like your $8 at the theater doesn't cover the nice seats, clean bathrooms (theaters keep between 50 cents and $1 on each first run ticket).
When I worked at a theater back in the mid 90s, the theater I worked at made zero on the movies until they had paid them off, they ran their entire overhead operations off the concession stand until the movie turned a profit. I remember the reels each cost something ghastly like 25,000. If there were two seperate showings, that was twice the amount.
If someone is not willing to spend the $8 for parking (and has no one to drop them off), then they should probably re-think going to the park. I always add in the parking as part of the trip. I am guessing if one is willing to gamble with the possibility of being towed, perhaps maybe the coasters in Vegas would be more your speed (and the parking is free there too). IMHO, if you drive, keep a cooler in your car, instead of paying for overpriced food and beverages, then you have already made back your $8. For anyone who has gotten around paying for parking once, you were lucky. Would I try it again, I don't think so. And by suggesting to other people to try it, you are then putting yourself and others at risk for a serious fine. Then again, the less of you in the $8 parking lot, the less far I have to walk back to get to my car for eats and drinks. And now I have not only saved my money by bringing my own treats, but since I have saved so much time with my good parking spot, hey, I get on more rides too. Go ahead and park illegally.
ing king said: We did that and parked at the shopping center parking lot across the street two weeks ago on sunday. We didn't get a ticket and it didn't seem to be too much of a problem.
Yeah, it may not have been too much of a problem to you but what if somebody else decides to duplicate your idea, and then two more groups, and then four more groups if they don't get ticketed. Just because you got away with it does not mean someone else will be able to.
Like a lot of things in life, enforcement only ramps up as violations increase.
I don't really care about the issue. The people who park at the shopping plaza will eventually get caught and pay the price. I have never parked there and never will. If you don't have the money to go somewhere, don't go.
I don't condone parking where you're not supposed to. But if I was going to do that, I'd park, enter a store, shop for a few minutes, then walk from the store to the park. Seems like it would lessen your chances of getting caught by the lot cameras.
Back in the days when the park was Six Flags, you could drive right into the employee lot. If you headed all the way back to the far back end of the employee lot you would eventually end up in the main parking area of the guest lot. ;)
I'm not sure if this is possible now, and it would certainly be more risky, since there are now parking attendants in the main lot directing traffic.