Just got this from Russ at CW:
I must regret to inform you that this Saturday’s Coaster Enthusiast Day has been cancelled.
Should anyone from your group have purchased tickets, please have them contact Lisa Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 905-832-7497.
Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Area Manager of Public Relations and Special Events
I wonder why?
KI has not had a single event that I know of this year even though they stated that instead of RWW they were going to do smaller events with coaster clubs.
I suspect that they didn't sell enough tickets. Pure speculation on my part.
I don't know what the deal is with Kings Island. Communication form that park has been practically non-existent since Cedar Fair bought it, and obviously we haven't had a BeastBuzz since then either. It's a bummer.
I'm not sure about other clubs, but GOCC is doing an event at KI on Oct 16th. And like Cbuzz events, membership is not required for GOCC events.
Did they promote this event? I didn't see it on anyone's calendar.
I got the e-mail Aug. 1 and posted it that day, which sure isn't much time. People like lots of lead time (which is why our Hershey event ended up being such a dud). That's why we announced the Fall Affair something like eight months in advance. Operators are standing by! :)
It really sounds like a lack of interest thing to me.
I doubt that. CW is a big park with 15 coasters and some interesting flat rides. It also has the largest attendance of any seasonal park. I think a lot of enthusiasts would attend an event if they knew about it. It sounds like they didn't promote it. As far as I know, they didn't send details to any of the coaster clubs: ACE, GOCC, WNYCC. These clubs all have members within driving distance of the park. If you're going through the effort to put together an event, would it not make sense to contact the coaster clubs? It looks like they tried to promote the event primarily through their facebook page and ride warriors website and obviously that didn't work very well. I'm sure some of you will chime in that the parks owe us nothing, but they are the ones who wanted to do this event. I know enthusiasts appreciate any park who sponsors an event for them, but get a clue! It's not like there aren't resources available from within the same organization. Contact one of your associates at Cedar Point and ask them what they do to promote CoasterMania.
Besides everyone saying there was a lack of promotion, there is also the problem that most Americans do NOT own a passport to be able to cross over into Canada now (if that is where most of your anticipated attendees would be coming from.)
I forgot about the passport situation, but is it really that big of a problem? I think enthusiasts in general tend to be travelers and are more likely to own a passport. And although only about 20% of Americans own a passport, I would think that percentage would be higher for those living within driving distance of major cities and attractions in Canada. I know my nephews in Cleveland go to a lot of hockey tournaments in Toronto. They didn't stop going when passports were enforced, they just got passports. I would think a lot of Americans within driving distance aren't going to stop visiting Niagara Falls or Toronto just because they need a passport.
Last year's ACE event at La Ronde drew over 130 people, and Vancouver Playland hosts an event each year and mostly draws from the U.S.
Passports could be an issue, but I don't think it is a big issue.
I don't think passports are an issue for people who were planning to go somewhere all along. But, with the short notice of the event. There certainly wouldn't be any way a person could get a passport in time if they didn't already have one. I lived without one for 32 years. I didn't get mine until I needed it to go to Spain last year. I have since used it to go to Canada and Mexico. I will continue to maintain it for the foreseeable future.
Jeffrey Seifert said:
As far as I know, they didn't send details to any of the coaster clubs...
Did I not say they sent us info? ACE is not the center of the universe.
Did they send it to you as the website contact, or the club contact? Do we really know for sure? I assumed they sent it to you because Coasterbuzz is a well-known website.Without seeing any details I don't know if club membership was even required.
Last edited by Jeffrey Seifert, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 1:16 PM
I realize ACE is not the center of the universe. But it is the largest club out there. No need to get snarky.
I'm not snarky, I'm just annoyed by the implication that if ACE doesn't know, certainly the world wouldn't. And I can see your original comment before you edited it. No need to be a condescending douche.
I wasn't trying to imply anything, and I certainly didn't mean to annoy. Surely you realize that these park-sponsored events are good for ALL coaster clubs. But if they're not going to contact the largest one out there, or the key clubs in the surrounding area, then what chance does the event have at succeeding? When you said you got an e-mail from them, my first thought was Coasterbuzz, the website. My not mentioning the CB club was just an oversight, don't try to read more into it.
Perhaps they don't like the way you represent the club. I'm starting to realize that perhaps that's my issue with it.
What surprises me is that most (if not all) of the Cedar Fair chain have had park sponsored events for years now. Why did it take them so long to release this information.
Probably the same reason that it took for them to release information about Coasting for Kids.
In Cedar Fair's defense, or at least, some of the individual event planners and marketing folk, there has been a lot of turnover the last few years, and I think some expectations have fallen through the cracks. Smaller budgets and head counts don't help.
From a season pass holders perspective this is why I wasn't planning on attending, and why I think there was no interest.
1) $32 for pass holders, and $52 for non pass holders which sounds ok considering 3 meals... until you find out meal 1 is a continental breakfast (not worth more than $5) meal 2 is the backyard BBQ which you can get for $9.99 anytime you wish... and meal 3 makes me laugh.... coffee and cakes.
2) The ERT is plentiful but too many bad coasters involved. It's simply too long of a day from 8 to midnight for that lineup of coaster. Instead they should have opened some flats for ert. How many rides to you want on a boomerarang at 8 in the mourning
3) They are doing an amazing race... this could be fun but likely not im thinking.
The only intreuging parts of the day are a rare chance to walk up wonder mountain, and the Q and A session. Considering what you get at HWN for $45, paying $52 for this is laughable.
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