What other seasonal parks are crazy enough to open in April? Who is the crowd that goes to these weekends? Is it because of band and cheerleader days or something? Going to Cedar Point in May is risky weatherwise, I can't imagine going to Cincinnati in April. How do they justify opening this early?
As long as a fair amount of guest show up, They accept break even status.
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Not even GAdv would *begin* training staff in May or June....OK, maybe GAdv would...but no one else (SFMM being a year-round park, LOL)... ;)
I've been there when I had to wear a winter coat then the next day I would only need a t-shirt. So it does fluctuate between cold and very warm. I had a great time both days so the only thing that mattered was on the cold day the only coaster running until 3:00 was Thunder Run. I rode it 10 times.
I went to SFStL it's second weekend of operation in April 2006, and it was totally dead, but they need to be open to train people and prepare for the big crowds ahead.
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I've heard rumors to the effect that rides such as Beast are notoriously late openers due to the amount of work needed during the offseason. Heck, PKI was running it in November just a year or so ago.
The TX parks certainly have long seasons as well, but that's a little more understandable given the latitude...
AFAIK, the only two parks that operate year-round but go to weekend-only ops are SFMM and WA...just throwing that out there.
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