Two days ago I took a ‘Paramount Parks Future Expansion Survey’ at http://thrillresearch.com/. I took the PCW survey, but I would assume that they were all identical. The survey was quite long - taking 30-40 minutes to finish.
I found the survey interesting because, by the questions they asked, it was quite obvious which direction Paramount wants to take with their parks. It looks like TR:TR was just the begin of a wave of heavily themed attractions.
Some of the questions included things like:
How important is themeing? How important is the feeling of entering another world? Which movies/shows do you think would make a good basis for an attraction? Which of these activities (extreme sports) would you like to see simulated in a ride? What elements of an attraction are most important to you?
The survey even went as far as asking you to rate attractions at Universal and Disney parks.
What are your thoughts and opinions about this type of addition to Paramount Parks?
Funny thing about the survey....OK, bad design error.
I *won* my 2002 SP from PKI, and didn't renew this year for, well, obvious reasons....all those *multiple choice* questions, and I had to wait until the end of the survey (15 mins for me) to state in the COMMENTS section that *all* those questions were irrelevant as to why I didn't choose to renew...there are NO Paramount Parks near me! If there were, I'd go...I like Paramount....well, 'cept for PGA.. ------------------ It seems today, that all you see, are violins in movies, and sax on TV....
I also took that survey for PGA and was a little surprised. Parmounts Park are NOT big family parks like Unviersal or Disney. This seems like the direction that Parmount wants to take their parks in, which I don't think is a good idea. I would have liked to be able to rate Six Flags parks which are more like Paramount. And some of their ideas for new rides jsut plain SUCKED. But there was a spot ot type in what ride you think PGA (in my case) should get. Hyper all the way! :)
Cmon Carowinds supporters! PLLLEASE take the new rides survey and put in your thoughts on some big coasters. It seems like they are really serious about using that survey for something and some of the ideas they have listed for future attractions are just plain stupid. Let's make sure they don't make them. It doesn't take much time to fill it out, so just do it and maybe our park will get something big!
Already took the survey for PC. In special comments I added that Carowinds needs another Big Coaster to compliment TopGun. Also threw in there that having to pay high admission prices is one thing, but then to add on 5, 10 or even 20 bucks for parking is crazy. Just another way to rip off the consumer!!!
I spent a little over an hour doing it for Carowinds, and wrote a ton for the two response questions. Heck, I even pointed out how Holiday World (22% attendance increase in 2002 wasn't it?) is run in the question mentioning decling attendance at parks :)
I mentioned Wild Adventures 20% increase in attendance which knocked Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom out of the 50 most attended parks in the nation. The park claims the highest attendance (1.25 million in '02) for an independent park with only pay-one-price admission.
I particuarly thought the "Theme Park Attendance overall hass been declining, What do you think would bring people back?" Question.
I was bruttally honest and blunt!
Way overpriced food, Outragious priced drinks. People spend a ton of money just to get to a park and then get greeted with parking prices that raise everyones addmission a couple bucks.
No picnicing allowed at the park, Believe it or not, Once when me and a girlfriend and her kids visited PKI a bicycle security guy told us, Your not allowed have a cooler or eat on park property. All this while sitting on blacktop.
Chuck, who thinks that was one of the most agrivating things that ever happened at a park. BTW they used to have a picnic area.
------------------ Charles Nungester. It's official Lesourdsville Lake is closed for 2003