Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 10:26 AM | Contributed by 0g
Kokomo's Family Fun Center finally opened The Serpent, the center's $250,000, four-story-high roller coaster, opened despite rainy weather that kept first-day ridership to 150 people.
Read more from The Saginaw News.
Looks like my next trip to Frankenmuth will have to include a short trip further north to catch a ride.
As Galaxies go, I recall LeSourdsville's was actually pretty good. Good for them. Now will somebody please take the Cyclone/Skyrocket/Eagle?
Damn. According to Kokomo's website, one ride on this thing will cost you 6 bucks.
Pretty expensive for a Galaxi.
^It's that Michigan economy. ;)
Even at $6 I reckon they're looking at at least 50,000 riders to break even by the time you count staff costs and maintenance, which might take a while given the location. It's a bit far off the beaten track even for this credit whoring enthusiast...
Its $6 for a ride if you only want one ride on the coaster. You can get the 5 attraction wristband for $20, and get rides for $4 each. I would venture that the ROI for the coaster will be from getting people to buy the 5 attraction wristband, rather than the 3. They also have "lock in" nights there. Having the coaster may increase the attendance or frequency of the "lock in."
I was there on Saturday morning to ride the coaster. A little surprising to me, I was the only person in line for the ride before the 10 AM opening. I wasn't expecting lines like Diamondback, but I would have thought that there would be at least a couple of other people. Also interesting, while maintenance was finishing the morning inspection, Hal was providing the staff with the operating instructions for the ride.
I think this ride is a very good addition for the mid Michigan area. I'll be interested to see what the ridership is later on in the summer.Last edited by 0g, Tuesday, April 28, 2009 7:27 PM
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