Yes, for those who want better than Gold, SF is offering a Platinum Flash Pass. Looks like an new option at all the parks offering Q-bot devices. From the website:
New for 2010! Platinum The Flash Pass allows you to enjoy riding our rides with the least amount of waiting! Consecutive Riding allows you to WAIT ONCE and RIDE TWICE. Quantities are limited.
Regular starts at $31
Gold starts at $60
Platinum starts at $80
I don't even know what to say. This actually made me chuckle. How many more gaps are there to bridge between what's available and the VIP experience? Because I don't think SF is going to stop until every last segment is covered.
I wonder how it will be implemented, especially if the users ride in the front row on a ride where the line merges in the station. It starts at $102 for Great Adventure, if they raise flashpass prices in October as usual I wonder if it will reach a starting point of $125 or more.
The other thing I am concerned about is if it is going to effect re-rides for non Platinum users. Normally they say if no one is waiting for your row, you can re-ride if you move to an empty row you can get a re-ride there. Now with this, to make things less complicated I hope they don't stop allowing everyone re-rides when there is no line since I could see it getting confusing.Last edited by YoshiFan, Saturday, March 13, 2010 12:35 AM
Yeah, the prices I listed were SFNE. I didn't stop to think they'd vary.
New for 2011, Kryptonite Flashpass. With this special green Q-Bot, riders will be allowed to push their way in front of everyone using the regular line, simply by waving the Bot in the air, and repeating "Excuse me! Excuse me!" over and over. Once on the ride, riders can stay on for as long as they like, with no consideration whatsoever for the riders waiting in their row. After disembarking from the ride, the "K-Pass" allows riders to spit on the seats that they occupied, so that future riders will have to sit in it if they wish to ride. ALL THIS for only $140 per person.
Act NOW! to receive a special bonus. A limited supply of "Krypto taser guns" are available for your amusement, to be used as you move through the lines. Free use of our special green tasers are only for the first 400 K-Pass renters per day! HURRY! Electrocute those who are in your way today!
Only at SIX FLAGS! (...OH, and other fine theme parks everywhere.)Last edited by LostKause, Saturday, March 13, 2010 1:25 AM
A limited supply of "Krypto taser guns" are available for your amusement, to be used as you move through the lines. Free use of our special green tasers are only for the first 400 K-Pass renters per day! HURRY! Electrocute those who are in your way today!
There is no price too high for that kind of fun. :)
2011 can't come soon enough!
^^I agree Gonch. I would gladly pay for the Kryptonite Pass, and would pay even more for those taser guns! Good idea, LK. I am enjoying the visuals of electrocuting my way to the front of the line right now. ;)
This Regular, Gold, Platinum is highly confusing for me, but SF always makes these things complicated. Why can't there be just ONE Flash pass? You either have a Flashpass or you don't.
I think I just answered my own question before asking it....SF can't make anything simple. They have to complicate everything!
-TinaLast edited by coasterqueenTRN, Saturday, March 13, 2010 7:48 AM
Actually, this is a great idea. I would seriously pay money for a device that let me vritually pimp-slap the five stupidest guests I encountered over the course of a day.
^ Would they adjust the price and charge more on days when the guests are more stupid than normal?
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Instead of a taser I was thinking vaporize but its the same idea.
Lord Gonchar said:
How many more gaps are there to bridge between what's available and the VIP experience? Because I don't think SF is going to stop until every last segment is covered.
As previously discussed, the *maximum* profit level is achieved by offering an infinite number of prices/ticketing options. That way, everyone can pay what they what (or can afford), and tailor their experience to suit their wants...and the company gets the maximum amount of money out of each individual customer that way.
Starting to sound a little like Disney, LOL.
The "wait once, ride twice" has been going on at Busch parks here in FL for a long time - I railed against the idea from the very beginning...and now it's expanding to other chains. Guess I lost that one.... ;)
I'm thinking about bringing my own taser so I can stun someone with the K-Pass and steal it from them.
My name is Mike, and I'm a coasterholic.
Starting to sound a little like Disney, LOL.
That's exactly what I had in mind as well.
But SHIVERINGTIMBERS, bringing your own stun gun is against the rules. The only way you are allowed to use a stun gun on park property is by renting the K-Pass. :)
Seriously though, this will just add to the confusion and mean spirit of getting cut in front of. People are not only going to have to put up with a slower line while watching Botters take their seats, but they will have to wait for the botter to ride twice in their seats. It may add to the moans, growns, hisses, and cursing, and they may be even louder than before.
That is, to say, if anyone will be using Platnum in the first place. It is quite expensive, but I know I will be getting it.
It's like the Gold Pass Two for Tuesday at Paramount Parks. If you had a Gold season pass and waited in the Two for Tuesday row at designated coasters on a Tuesday you rode twice without getting up.
I never visited KI on a Tuesday back then so I'm not sure how many people used this. Seeing as Tuesdays are generally not busy, I'm not sure how much it even mattered especially since the designated rows were lame.
I'm sheriff of this here rollercoaster.
I'm not paying for Kryptonite. If I actually have to push thru people instead of just walking up the exit and getting on, there's no real point.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
I can see it now, the gold and silver flash pass buyers will be getting annoyed at the platinum riders for riding twice.
Tekwardo, you miss the point. It's fun to push people out of the way in a display of power. Pushing your way through is a perk.
...And spitting on the seat is an added bonus. It's well worth the money, imho.
I noticed that at Great Adventure, Big Wheel and Buckaneer are no longer listed as Flash Pass Rides. It's interesting the rides removed were "family" rides and not thrill rides. maybe messing with families is different than messing with the thrill seekers. (They still have the log flume and congo rapids on there though.)
In 2012, when the Uranium Version is unleashed, you will be able to ride five times without getting off. That will kind of make it hard for the ops to keep track of which people rode (Blank) number of times.
Then in 2013 comes the Argon Pass...allowing you to take one of the rides home with you.
Cue up the Tom Lehrer "Element Song."
Here's To Shorter Lines & Longer Trip Reports!
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