Scarowinds extra admission? WT_?

Saturday, August 28, 2004 11:24 AM
I just was checking Carowinds calendar for the fall (having to plan for park closings already...wasn't it just May?) and noticed that:

1) The park has crappy operating hours in September and October. Closed lots of weekends in September (presumably for buy-outs) and ONLY Friday and Saturday nights in October. :(

and

2) Season pass holders are charged $16.50 to get into Scarowinds. :(

So my question: Is Scarowinds such an awesome, beyond average Halloween event that it merits an additional admission charge, even for passholders? Who's been? Do other parks charge admission for passholders to Halloween events? Is Scarowinds "one of the best"? Give me the scoop, thanks!

Also, who is "gatorwoodie" in this thread? http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=14728 Is that a young Gator? ;) *** Edited 8/28/2004 3:27:47 PM UTC by dawnmarie313***

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 12:14 PM
I saw that headline. I'm telling Mumsie. ;)
Question 2: More like who was GatorWoodie?

-'Playa

*** Edited 8/28/2004 4:14:49 PM UTC by CoastaPlaya***

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 1:21 PM
Long stories from beyond the Valley of the Dinosaurs, Dawny...

My very first account, when I was merely *emerging from my shell* was in fact, rollergator. Now, other than being a DATA geek, I'm really not *hip* as you young kids say, in regards to things technological. ;) So one of those times when *many* of my UF accounts needed password changes, etc., I ended up losing my COASTERBUZZ password in the absolute MORASS of passwords I needed to keep. So, when I tried to create a new account, I had to sign in with a different SN. This was the birth of the short-lived "gatorwoodie". It was a temporary solution to a password problem, not a personality disorder or an identity crisis...:)

Sure we have various Kick(s) the Sky(s), and others with *similar* monikers, and whatnot, but my name is, Slim Shady, er, rollergator, 1 word, no caps (someone forgot to tell Jill NO caps, LOL). I remember asking Jeff somewhere along the line about deleting the first rollergator account so I could get my name back. He thought I was nuts (who DOESN'T), but soon afterwards gatorwoodie was relegated to the archives...and I haven't lost my c-buzz password since! ;)

To this day, jeremy (also no caps, don't see NEARLY enough of that guy...hope all is well, PM me or something) still *occasionally* refers to me as RGW...a "doff of the cap" to the young punk I once was...

I wish I could communicate orally the way I do in writing, I feel like I express myself SO much better in writing..."I love you guys"!
...:)

P.S. Never done Scarowinds, but I really REALY like that park...best maintained wood in the whole chain! :)
*** Edited 8/28/2004 5:24:43 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 1:23 PM
I've been a season pass holder for Carowinds for at least 15 years now and pretty much shunned the idea of ever going to Scarowinds because of the added admission.

But, last year I obtained free tickets and me and a friend headed out there. First of all, the place was jammed pack. The added admission price is by no means a deterrent. I have not seen the park this crowded on regular summer days in a long time. Second of all, yes, it would be worth it. I had a blast! The entire park grounds are covered in this low hanging fog. Lot's of scary creatures roaming the grounds. It was so fun to watch unsuspecting people get sneaked up on and scared. There are plenty of haunted trails that take you into normally off-limit places like under and around the log flume for example. There were plenty of other things and best of all, the coasters were all running full steam.

I was amazed at how fast the lines went for the haunted attractions. Never stopped once. I will definately return. BTW, Carowinds has pretty much always been a weekend only park from Labor Day through Oct. I haven't checked the calendar yet but if they are closed on a weekend in Sept. it's probably a buy-out.

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 1:25 PM
$16.50 is a relative bargain for passholders compared to Universal who want over 50 bucks for passholders for HHN. Talk about your wtf moments?

Baahaha to that. MORE money to be scared by people jumping at you with chainsaws with no chains?

Brian, who notes that it's college football season anyway... pshh on coasters.

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 1:31 PM
Why should YOU care about college football?

You're on board with "the *other* USC"....;)

The SEC, where rivalries last year 'round even though football season is a scant four months...:)

edit: Back on topic, kinda....my first trip to Carowinds was "heisted" by a park buyout so I went on a Saturday since I had no option...MUCH better visit the next time (even though Joe C. had to *re-introduce* me to his friend...;)

P.S. You know I love ya Brain, not GET to SFoG dammit...:)
*** Edited 8/28/2004 5:33:43 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 1:34 PM

dawnmarie313 said:


2) Season pass holders are charged $16.50 to get into Scarowinds.

So my question: Is Scarowinds such an awesome, beyond average Halloween event that it merits an additional admission charge, even for passholders? Who's been? Do other parks charge admission for passholders to Halloween events? Is Scarowinds "one of the best"? Give me the scoop, thanks!

No Scarowinds is not some awesome above average event. Basically they are charging pass holders as well as everyone else is the same reason parks charge $8 to $12 to park.

Because they can get away with it

I've been 3 out 0f 4 years. It's ok but I'd add a section for smaller kids to Trick or Treat similar to what I saw once at Kentucky Kingdom(before Six Flags) I wouldn't have gone back after the first trip but my son is old enough to enjoy the walk thrus now. My 6 year old still can't go though

The island was good but that's gone now replaced by a trail around the log flume. There was a walk through in the Paramount theater but since the building is being used now that also may be moved. Other walk thru's were in the picnic area near the train ride and a building near the Cyclone.

Several rides are open but not re-themed. The first Scarowinds season they re-themed the log flume.

I think some parks do charge extra for their Halloween events, Universal, Knott's. and some don't Kentucky Kingdom didnt the year i went although you had to pay to enter the Haunted House walk thru

Lastly I heard that on the last day of Scarowinds last season they did have Trick Or Treating for small kids but I can't confirm that


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Saturday, August 28, 2004 2:25 PM

Homey G. said:
$16.50 is a relative bargain for passholders compared to Universal who want over 50 bucks for passholders for HHN. Talk about your wtf moments?

HHN Tickets for Annual Pass holders is 32.95. Just need to call the Annual Passholders number to order them or you can pick them up at the park.

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 2:34 PM
If it's anything like PKI's Halloween antics it's worth a visit, but I don't think it would be worth the extra charge.

Bill.....TMI, TMI (there, I used it for the first time!)

Just WHEN did you emerge from your shell? I can't imagine you being quite for a second.

;-)

-Tina

*** Edited 8/28/2004 6:35:25 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 2:59 PM
Thanks for the info Coasterdave, I knew I never paid $50+ for admission to HHN with my pass! I was getting worried they changed it this year. :)

Joe "The best $32.95 you'll spend all year" C.

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 4:52 PM

Legendary said:
Joe "The best $32.95 you'll spend all year" C.

Where do I sign up? ;) ;)

+Danny

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 8:03 PM

Homey G. said:


Baahaha to that. MORE money to be scared by people jumping at you with chainsaws with no chains?


Is it a better deal if the chainsaws actually have chains? ;)

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 8:59 PM
The dude at PKI did on the "psycho trail". It was hilarious!

THey never bother me though, simply because I laugh at them. The ones that *actually* get scared are the ones they torture. Much fun! :-)

-Tina

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Sunday, August 29, 2004 12:59 AM
I'd like to try out Scarowinds one of these years. I really liked Phantom Fright Nites @ Kennywood last year, hope to hit it pre-PPP this year. Next year, though, I'd like to hit HHN 15 @ IoA. Not that looks like alot of fun, and worth the cash if you like getting scared.
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Sunday, August 29, 2004 1:40 PM

rollergator said:


To this day, jeremy (also no caps, don't see NEARLY enough of that guy...hope all is well, PM me or something) still *occasionally* refers to me as RGW...a "doff of the cap" to the young punk I once was...


Are-Gee-Dub,

Believe it or not, I'm still around. I check the site at least about every other day, I just have lost some of the "luster" for parks and coasters with everthing else going on (in the process of buying a house in an ungodly overpriced "seller's market"). I've actually only been to two parks: BGW on opening weekend and Hersheypark over Memorial Day and havent missed it at all. Just more often than not, when I read a thread, I just dont feel I have anything to contribute. I *do* try and post a reply every once and a while anyway, just to hear myself talk (so to speak :)).

Anyway, as for extra pay halloween events, I know a few years ago PKD was charging extra as well. But last year at least, they were doing a promotion where if you bought a season pass for the *next* year, you got to go the current year's "FearFest" for free. I also *think* that FearFest is included in the current year's pass too, but dont quote me on that.

lata, jeremy (no caps ;))

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