Posted Monday, January 3, 2005 3:39 PM | Contributed by Jeff
As expected, SeaWorld Orlando had matched the ticket prices of Disney and Universal at nearly $60. Usually when one raises prices, the others soon follow.
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Monday, January 3, 2005 4:43 PM
Who honestly wants to pay $60 to ride a few rides and see some animals. Not worth it! I think they should not change their price so more people will go and pay the little cheaper price.
Monday, January 3, 2005 4:58 PM
Well, if you think about it...They had to shut their gates from over-crowding multiple times this year (correct me if im wrong) So im guessing alot of people will pay 60$ to see animals and a show ;) Its crazy, but people will pay it and the parks will continue to bring in the $$$.*** This post was edited by SteveWoA 1/3/2005 4:59:48 PM ***
Monday, January 3, 2005 8:00 PM
It is odd how the Orlando parks jockey for highest admission prices instead of offering the cheapest in the area.
Guess you can do that when you pretty much own the attendance records in the country. :)
Monday, January 3, 2005 8:17 PM
They should develop a dynamic price structure where the ticket price varies based on how many people are in the park. It would encourage people to arrive earlier, and net more revenue since on rainy, cold days when it's slow, you'll have more people willing to go in. Vary from like minimum $20 if there's < 5% capacity to maximum $100 if it's 95% capacity. ;-)
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 2:04 AM
Interesting thoughts, but it would never work because it would always be a crap-shoot guessing the price you are going to pay.
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 10:47 AM
I think the Orlando-area prices are more geared to the value of the dollar on international markets...when the dollar is *cheap*, then the international guests see *my* parks as a bargain, regardless of the admission in USD terms...;)
If there's one Sea World park I'd HAPPILY pay the admission to return to, it's the one in San Antonio. Sure, the employees couldn't find Shamu if he was standing at their counter, but overall, the place was MUCH better than the Orlando park....IMO.
Tuesday, January 4, 2005 1:07 PM
'gator: what %age of guests are international?
Wednesday, January 5, 2005 3:17 AM
That's a good question, and I sure wonder who gets the cool job where you get PAID to figure that kind of stuff out...me, I'd prefer to have good *hard data* most of the time, but when it's unavailble, I make BOLD
On this one, I'd say roughly 40-50% of the Mouse guests are international, drops to probably 35-40% at IoA/USF, and maybe 30% at other parks outside of the Mouse House...
OF THOSE international guests, - hey, I'm already OUT on a limb, might as well see how far I can climb...:)
Maybe about 30% Brazilian and "Spanish-speakers", 15-20% each Canadians and Brits - *foreign* even if they do speak out language (you can tell them apart from US peeps cause their kids are better educated and better behaved, LOL)...the other 30-40% spread from Asia and other European countries like France and Germany...
As always, the wilder the guesses, the more YMMV..:)