Parks offer discounts and free stuff to keep guests coming

Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:00 AM | Contributed by Jeff

New roller coasters and other attractions are likely to beckon vacationers to the nation's theme parks this summer, but what's likely to really thrill cash-strapped visitors are the unusual number of high-season discounts being touted at many of those parks.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:24 AM
ridemcoaster's avatar

LostKause said:

It nice to see all the nonseasonal promos in one place on one page, rather than scattered all over the internets.

I espcially like the semi-opposing views of Robert and Jeff.

Robert paints a rosey picture of - Parks are doing what they can to bring people back to them in a tough economy. (Sacrificing if you will).

Jeff paints a realistic picture of - What parks are doing is totally smoke and mirrors on the back end to entice the visitors to the parks..

Which is totally what is going on. Parks arent going to totally sacrifice the all mighty dollar completely to bring in the average joes.. So the bait and switch method is used to give you a sense of a deal (and quite possibly there is some level of deal) but no where near the perception.

Last edited by ridemcoaster, Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:13 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 2:02 PM
DaveStroem's avatar

Nice plug for the site.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 5:38 PM
phoenixphan :-)'s avatar

Well I see both sides of the fence here... some parks are offering great discounts (SFKK's 6 visits for $29.99), where others are just pulling you in with something that looks like a great deal (Hersheypark's stay and play... with rates at the hotel starting at $249 a night).

I guess this just means a better season than ever for free admission parks like Delgrosso's and Knoebels. In these times is makes more sense for a family to go someplace where one can choose how much to pay, and can take a lunch from home. I may be way off the mark here, but from what I have seen thus far it seems to be the trend.

Real men ride wood... coasters that is!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 9:38 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Value-added promotions, such as free room nights, are more common thanoutright ticket price reductions, notes Jeff Putz of[url][url]. "The parks are trying to push the perception of value. They aren't necessarily making drastic cuts in (admission) prices."

OMG! I know that guy! :)

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 10:47 PM
LostKause's avatar

I was first to comment on this news thread this morning, and now it's gone. Oh well...Must have not been important... :(

..But I'll say it again anyways. It nice to see all the nonseasonal promos in one place on one page, rather than scattered all over the internets.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 10:48 PM
Jeff's avatar

You didn't comment on anything. Nothing is gone.

Jeff - Editor - - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 11:11 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

For you LK... Look above.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 8:32 PM
LostKause's avatar

OOPS...I shouldn't have made it out to sound like I was blaming anyone, Jeff.

Maybe I didn't push the "Submit Reply" button.

Thanks, Ridemcoaster!


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