Can a seasonal park generate as much profit (obviously not as much revenue) as a year-round park? When I see parks like Cedar Point investing 25 milion in a coaster (which, of course they know what they're doing and all that), I can't help but think about how it just sits there for the 7ish month offseason. I guess the 'kicker' here is the fact that they don't have to pay an operating staff during that time.
Do any of you have any thoughts or info on the topic?
Who, generally (seasonal or year-round), is turning a better profit?
Cedar Point is the most profitable park in the chain, but Knott's isn't doing bad, either. Also, there's more to parks than just the park. CP just added Castaway Bay to help generate more year-round revenue/profit.
I have also been to Wild Adventures (the first weekend this year) when the employee's outnumbered the guests.I kept joking with the ride ops that they should just walk with us and that way they could operate the rides we were at.
I suspect it has more to do with the weather in the North that keeps some of them from being year round.Of course SFOG and SFNO could also stay open year round (or weekend operation) and they do not.
Most if not all year round parks make most of their profit at Christmas break when the number of parks open is less (Disney has to turn people away because they reach capacity at WDW)
P.S.About Cedar Point running coasters when it is that cold out would cause frostbite to riders and severe maintence problems (roadwheels would come apart)
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25.00 average of what each guest will spend incluid season passholders which takes away a bit from the General addmission and coupons which do the same.
375,000 per day
Cedar point could pay for MF or TDD in only 56 days of operation. Spread that over a couple years and its not that big of a investment as you need probably 60 operating days to cover expenses.
Chuck, who practices Fuzzy math but it's a start.
It's only been relatively recently-- I mean 20 years or so-- that seasonal parks have been extending hours into the beginning of May and the end of September. Halloween events are even more recent than that.
On the other hand, even most year round parks have dry periods where they cut back operations greatly, with kids being in school and most adults not taking vacation during fall and winter. I'd say only the Disney parks can maintain a large steady flow of customers year round.
That being said, if profit "rates" remained the same, or even dropped a bit, the amount of pure profit obviously increases with an increase in revenue. Would you rather have 10 percent of 1 million, or 8 percent of 1.5 million? 10 percent of 1.5 million is a no-brainer.
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