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