Rock Climbing Attractions

Wednesday, January 30, 2002 5:29 AM
Pretty much every park I goto I see one of these Rock Climbing Attractions(Pay-by-attraction) From what I see they don't appear to be very popular. Do you guys agree or have I just seen them on a slow day?
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 5:32 AM
I always see people on them.  It makes me angry to see the one at PKI, which replaced a free ride, Skylab (Enterprise).  Great ride.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 5:34 AM
Den:

I did not know that. I would have LOVED to ride Skylab! I believe my wife also spoke of that Skylab attraction and she also said it was a great ride.

But aside from that, do you or anyone else believe that they are a good attraction to have at a park>?

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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 5:54 AM
Sorry to reply again, but.. :)

I think pay-to-play attractions are just wrong at theme parks.  Let's say you want to do everything at PKI.  You pay $42 to enter (after you pay $9 to park), then you have to pay $25 for the skycoaster, $5 for the go-carts, $6 for the climbing wall, $5 for the bungee-trampolines....  all of those spots could have been used to put free flat rides that would lessen lines elsewhere.  But no, the parks are just greedy.  It's not just PKI, they all have them.  Heck, Cedar Point's water park used to charge by the hour!  Do they still do that?

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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 5:57 AM
I surely hope CP's water park doesn't do that anymore, but then again I have never been to soak city (spending too much time riding the awesome coasters there:)

I am working on such an amusement project. And your opinion is shared by many

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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 6:14 AM
Cedar Point's rock climb should have been placed in Challenge Park. I just don't think it fits in with the rest of the park.

Personally, I don't see the appeal of these walls. Parks charge what I consider to be an enormous fee to use them and they also aren't that hard to come by. They are commonly seen at carnivals, town fesitvals, fairs, company picnics, etc. Franklin County Metro Parks even owns a portable wall. A lot of larger sporting goods store often have walls you can climb for free. Heck, I know of three locations in Columbus that have them.

Side note: Did anybody notice the fluctuating prices at Cedar Point's wall? One day towards the beginning of the season, the price changed from the $6 or $7
(I forget which) to $5 (using a handwritten piece of notebook paper).
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 6:17 AM
They are expensive to purchase, but for an amusement park they are DIRT CHEAP. They range from $20,000.00-$45,000.00

I don't see the appeal in them either. I am sure that they are fun, but they just don't bring the appeal that other amusement attractions do.

Though I haven't really noticed it, I would believe that The Rock Climb at Cedar Point should be in the challenge park area. In fact, I am surprised to here that it isnt

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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 6:19 AM
"Upcharge" attractions, additional charge for line-jumping (aka, FastPass/Lo-Q, whatever) and special operating hours for "on-site" guests are the wave of the future guys.  Doesn't make me happy, but I don't see parks turning their backs on the additional "revenue streams"...(more like floods IMO)...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 6:28 AM
I don't see the point in the rock climbing attractions... can anybody else tell me why anyone would waste 7 bucks to climb up once and then down?

I say this because there are free ones on some large sports stores around the country. There are also some rock climbing complexes in most cities that charge between 10 and 20 dollars to climb a gazillion walls for unlimited time.

I also say this because at most fairs or carnivals, they have basically the EXACT same thing except you actually got a reason to get to the top of the wall. There is either a prize in it for reaching the top or, as I have also seen, money at the top. What do you get for climing to the top of one at the amusement park? As far as I know... just the satisfaction of getting there, and that satisfaction costs $7.00!!!!

Is that really worth it? To me... no!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 6:30 AM
It just seems though that they could still offer these rides free of charge. I understand them wanting to bring in more revenue, but I don't think that they would bring in enough revenue to really make a difference in their profits(I am wondering how much of the profits they in some cases have to send to the companies that made the ride, particulary if they got a loan or something to pay for the ride)

Just a thought, this is a process I am continuing to learn more and more about

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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 10:18 AM
I don't see a problem with them being their just their size. I mean come on! If you have huge mega coasters, at least get a wall over 50 feet to get a larger thrill.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 10:22 AM
Canobie Lake Park has one and i see very few people on it...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 10:44 AM
I, too, fail to see the appeal of the rock wall. As others have said, you can try these out for free elsewhere, and to me, they're quite boring anyway. I can see where a sky coaster or skyscraper would be worth the extra money, but climbing a 20 foot wall? I'll pass, thanks. Of course, there's always someone on them, so obviously they're appealing to somebody.

Hey millrace - what part of town are you in? I didn't realize you were a fellow Columbus 'buzzer.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 10:58 AM
I guess if people want to pay for admission and then pay again for a rock climbing attraction I won't stop them. Less people in line for the real rides. Same thing for arcades, laser tag, etc.

ColumbusCoaster: I'm in Clintonville just north of Olentangy Park.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 11:01 AM
I used to have a few of those at my school, including a rapelling (sp?) wall. Since I got to use those, I never had an interest in the ones at amusement parks.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 11:28 AM

P>o whoever said "up charge rides don't work for parks" i think that's not true at all....up charge rides are dirt cheap compared to a large coaster, and people have to pay to get on them.....extra profit for a cheap ride, don't see what's wrong with that./P>
P>FON style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff">As for Rock climbing walls, i LOVE rock climbing walls- but not at amusement parks.  Go to a rock climbing gym, and you can do the whole works- belay your partner, climb without instructers, everything all day for a lower price- it's a fun time and also a work out!/P>
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 2:38 PM
I like them, they are small and don't take up much space, and are really fun to climb.  I see people on the one at SFEG all the time.  However, someone said they took a enterprise out of PKI for a climbing wall, I think that is sad, climbing walls take up so little space there has got to be another spot in the park for it. 
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 4:05 PM
The rock climbing wall at Cedar Point is 8 dollars a climb.

Being a climber(who actually goes to climbing gyms), I don't care much for the walls at all. For me to climb in a gym with walls three times as big, it costs 15 bucks. When at the parks, you pay to climb up once. Another thing I don't care for on the walls at the parks, is that you can't go down. At the gym we use the "top-rope" method, were someone blades you, so if you want to climb down alittle to move over you can. While at the park, the walls clamp onto your rope and does not alloww you to move down alittle. Then again it only took me 2 mintues to climb the one at Cedar Point...

- Andrew Hyde
http://www.experiencethepoint.com

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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 11:31 PM
Valleyfair has one called: "The Rock" by the Old Time Photo shop. They charge $5.50 to climb it.
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Thursday, January 31, 2002 2:31 AM
Hey everyone, about Sky Lab. I remember when I was 7 or 8, I rode Sky Lab one day and then the next day I saw one of the cars detached and laying on the ground broken. Did the car fly off? I actually think that's why they closed it down. Maybe it was during testing.
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