SFA 2005 Season Passes-they're selling them for how much?!?

Thursday, September 30, 2004 9:04 PM
I didn't believe it until I saw it for myself...

http://www.sixflags.com/parks/america/TicketInfo/index.html

They have 2005 season passes for only $44.99 (only $8 more than a regular days admission). I'm not trying to advertise for the park or anything, but it just seems like a deal too good to be true when SFGAdv's and SFGAm's are nearly twice as expensive. This has got to be the cheepest SFA has ever had season passes...

...but why? And how can they do it? It seems a company trying to get out of the red would keep season passes at a price a little higher than only $8 above a regular ticket price. Then again, maybe at this point SFA is just trying to get the attention of SFI by really boosting attendace through season passes as low as the park can get them. Either way...I wasn't sure if I was going to get a SF season pass next year or not...now it almost seems stupid not to...guess that SFDL, SFGAdv, and SFNE trip will really happen next year...

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Thursday, September 30, 2004 9:23 PM
Once again, Six Flags is giving the gate away for nothing, with the hopes that you'll bleed money once you're there. Cram the park full of people, and then charge them for fastlane. I'm still convinced it doesn't work long term. *** Edited 10/1/2004 1:24:29 AM UTC by Zero-G***
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Thursday, September 30, 2004 10:32 PM
SFA's season passes are always dirt cheap if you buy them early. I do think they were $49.95 last year though.

Remember though if you live near on of the more expensive parks there are two disadvantages to buying an SFA pass.

1) You have to go to SFA first to get it validated.

2) You can't buy a season parking pass for your home park. *** Edited 10/1/2004 2:34:13 AM UTC by Jim Fisher***

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Thursday, September 30, 2004 10:53 PM
How is this different from any other year?

At that price, they wonder why people that visit don't spend any money.

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Friday, October 1, 2004 12:19 AM
This is just plain stupid... This pricing I feel has ruined the whole Six Flags Chain.

It makes it look as not much value is there, if you see passes going at dirt cheap prices.

There is no prestiege built into the price at that level. Maybe it is just cheap babysitting for the summer for parents.

All I know is it will take lots of season passes at that level to start paying off their debt not just their interest payments.

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Friday, October 1, 2004 12:51 AM
While I don't think it has ruined the whole chain, I agree with you about the perceived value. If you pay such a low price for a pass, then perhaps you won't expect too much from your visits.

"Geez these lines are moving SOOOOO slow, but I only paid $45 for unlimited visits, so I guess it's not that bad. I can just buy the FastLane."

Perhaps they are going into the babysitting business at all their parks. In my Wyandot Lake days, it was very sad to see the same kids every day dropped off with very little or no money and extremely bored.

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Friday, October 1, 2004 7:51 AM
Yeah... But... I'm wondering if this includes shipping the pass to you. I can't find out because per the norm, the park has opened mouth, inserted foot. I can't buy the season pass yet because they haven't activated it yet. I just keep getting a message to try back in 10 minutes. Well I have been trying back in 10 minutes since 6:00 last night.
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Friday, October 1, 2004 8:03 AM

Zero-G said:
Once again, Six Flags is giving the gate away for nothing, with the hopes that you'll bleed money once you're there. Cram the park full of people, and then charge them for fastlane. I'm still convinced it doesn't work long term. *** Edited 10/1/2004 1:24:29 AM UTC by Zero-G***

Maybe they need alot of cash upfront for a major capital improvement.......

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Friday, October 1, 2004 8:30 AM
SFOG is only $42.99 for a 2005 season pass.
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Friday, October 1, 2004 10:49 AM
Yeah, Six Flags over Gerogia still wins.

2005 Season Pass: $42.99
2005 One-day admit: $42.99

And the season pass includes 6 free bring-a-friends passes, free Q-bot, discounted season parking pass, free trip to White Water, and so much more. Still not as good as last year's $39.99 pre-sale special, though.

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Friday, October 1, 2004 10:56 AM
I doubt very much that they need extra cash up front for any major capital improvement projects,they would've gotten that from corporate if SFGRADV hadn't used it all up,or do you know something about SFA's 05 plans that we don't?

If they were doing a major renovation or adding a major attraction(ie coaster) one would expect season pass prices to go up...not down,I guess SFI realized what a mess they've made of this & so many of their other parks that they've decided it's no longer worth the investment & as a result don't care how low the prices for passes go.

I'm with alot of the folks who say that the low price reflects the overall value of the park & what it offers....if the park were in better shape then why would they want to consider selling passes at such a low price?although I wonder if the relocation of the Montreal Expo's to Washington DC in 05 has anything to do with it,having baseball so close by might force SF to up the ante at the park in order to keep potential guests out of RFK stadium & bring them into SFA.

Now I don't remmember this anymore but didn't season pass prices go up when Batwing was added in 01? still even though this sounds like a real bargain I'm just so fed up with the way SFI treats this park that I'm probably not gonna bother buying a season pass for 05,although I'll still wait to hear an announcement from the park before making my final choice.

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Friday, October 1, 2004 12:32 PM
Well, they relisted the SFA Season pass at $49.99...up from the $44.99 they had at first listed...so I guess season pass prices are going up..maybe we are getting something...;)...or maybe it was just a typo from the start.
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Friday, October 1, 2004 12:33 PM
The "Geez these lines are moving SOOOOO slow, but I only paid $45 for unlimited visits, so I guess it's not that bad. I can just buy the FastLane," way of thinking only works for the season pass holders. A one time visitor to a park still suffers from the slow lines and poor operations and gets royally pee'd off when faced with "wait in line all day for one line or buy a Q-bot on top of your admission if you want to ride anything." At least that was what I was faced with this year at Great Adventure.

There are 4 SF parks I want to visit... SFGrAdv (its close, and there were horrible lines and closed rides last time so I didn't get to ride all of their coasters... not even Nitro), SFOver Georgia (rain out on our vacation), SFNew England (3rd closest SF park to me next to SFA and SFGrAdv... and I want to ride S:RoS) and SFA (for S:RoS and WildOne).

IF my wife and I were to make separate trips to these (SFGrAdv and SFA are day trips) with out discounts or season passes, we would probably spend the following (rounded and not counting tax):

SFA: 2Admissions = $74, Parking = $10 (we probably would not buy a Qbot / fast pass / or what ever that park offers.

SFGrADv: 2Admissions = $92, Parking = $10, Gold Qbot = $60 (is that right for gold for two?)

SFNE: 2admissions = $80, Parking = $10, Gold Qbot = $60

SFOG: 2Admissions = $86, Parking = $10, Gold Qbot = $60

Total Cost is: Admissions = $332, Parking = $40, Qbots = $180, Total = $552

IF we buy a Season Pass from SFA and visit the same parks... we spend the following:

2 Season Passes: $100

Parking: Min of $40, Max of $80 (1 day at SFA, 3 days at SFGrAdv, 2 days at SFNE, 2 days at SFOG)

QBot: $0 (would visit parks multiple days if lines are long)

Total cost = $140 to $180.

Total Savings to us (and loss revenue to SF) = $372 to $412.

I do not understand it. By buying a SF season pass at SFA, it only costs $18 more for the two of us to make 8 visits to those 4 parks than it costs for two general admission tickets, parking, and a Qbot for one day at Great Adventure? And this company is wondering how they are in the Red?

And the SFOG season passes for the same as a one day admission? I have only seen one thing more confusing thatn this. A few years ago you could buy Heshey Bears Season Hockey Tickets for Full Season or Weekend Games. Full Season ticket plans gave a discount per ticket... Weekend Game plans were at cost. Because of a schedule that had only 8 Wednesday games and 32 Saturday or Sunday games, when figuring in the discount, it was actually $15 dollars cheaper to buy all 40 games than it was to buy only the 32 "Weekend Games". Needless to say, the following year they switched from a "Weekend Plan" to a "Half Season Plan" (and someone in marketing probably was looking for a new job). So... the at least the Season Passes for SFOG are the same price as a one day admission and not cheaper.

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Friday, October 1, 2004 12:44 PM
Batwing: That's exactly how i felt about WOA (ohio) last year... Hated how they took care of the animal side of the park...
bad bathrooms, etc...
4 buck water...
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Friday, October 1, 2004 1:25 PM
This is why last season I drove down from NJ to SFA to get my season pass... it's a big savings if you can do it. And guess what my plans for next season are?
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Friday, October 1, 2004 2:33 PM
If it's anything like AstroWorld, they'll be up to $80 by May.
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Friday, October 1, 2004 3:05 PM
SFA is actually a lot like AstroWorld....both have good wood, good steel, lack in landscaping, and have horrendous staff...
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Friday, October 1, 2004 8:31 PM
$42.99 season pass same as a regular day admission for SFOG, guess their pricing strategy hasn't changed. The park must not heard of inflation.

Heck the park already gives away the gate at that price, maybe they should just let anyone in like they do now and maybe make more money if they charged individually for the rides.

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Friday, October 1, 2004 8:41 PM
Hrm. This may tempt me to swing down there to get the pass. Considering it'll save me at least $30 over GAdv. which will cover gas and I haven't gotten the 2 face credit yet (and S:RoS is always a blast).
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Friday, October 1, 2004 9:43 PM
It appears that SFGAm has the most expensive Season Pass for 2005. $82.99 for Theme Park only and $139.99 of Combo Pass. (And those are the Early Bird Special prices Now thru 10/31/04.)

Edit: I just check the web site again and now they have removed the Combo Pass and Water Pass Pricing information and have a note that says: "WATER PARK SEASON PASS PRICING WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON." *** Edited 10/2/2004 1:46:05 AM UTC by carlo18***

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