In the words of Nancy Kerrigan, Why? Why why why why? WHY?
It's not gonna sink the park. As a matter of fact, coaster dorks should rejoice--cuz folks with a brain will be gone to HH when it's 80 degrees, leaving only you guys in line. And I do mean you. Not me!
But is this or isn't this a chain that needs to turn a profit? Just because early sales are disappointing doesn't mean you give up on the separate gate!
It may have been slow through May or even early June...but by peak season folks would have come running with their beach towels, swimwear and extra cash.
GAH. Will these folks ever learn?
*** Edited 1/19/2005 11:41:27 PM UTC by CoastaPlaya***
Good to see that 2005 will be a turn around year for the company. (Not.)
I absolutely don't get it. This is probably the best chance for an up-sell ever, and they've totally blown it. You'd think they'd learn that the "n parks in one" thing isn't going to put people through the turnstiles. With the area getting heavy resort development, it's a slam dunk in the long term. But they've set the precedent, and it's not going to be easy to go back.
Let's review... Include it in admission and throw away countless dollars, or don't include it and make even the most mediocre additional income. I'll never understand how they came to devalue their properties so much.
It's not as if Chicagoans don't pay money to attend waterparks already. They drive to Rockford or Wisconsin Dells and THEN spend the money.
They'd make bank on the convenience alone--to say nothing of the folks who don't give a rat's hoohah about coasters.
For once, they could have actually used Dan Snyder. He woulda told them to charge the money cuz people will wail, twist, moan and complain right before they pull out their wallets and hand over the cash anyway. Works for him, doesn't it?
PKI! PCW! Paramount is making it work and not going broke. This decision is not the downfall of Six Flags. Add in more locker rentals and ticket hikes and you're looking at a smaller difference in total expenditures per customer than you're thinking and probably more customers.
True.. if you jack up gate prices due to both parks, you're essentially forcing everyone to pay for both parks.. even the people like me who [usually] couldn't care less about a water park. I'll go if it's "free", but I'm not going to pay extra for a waterpark. Especially when there's credits to be had at the non-waterpark next door ;)
I could be wrong, but I don't think the posted gate price has gone anywhere since CBaby was too short for hypers.
Again, I hardly imagine this move will kill the park--but the place will be a nightmare in very short order. There are no 1200 PPH waterslides and you sure can't toss another train on them. I'm guessing there may even be a few days where folks are told the waterpark's capacity has been exceeded.
That happens a lot on Saturdays at SFStL's HH. The first season it was open, the overcrowding was unbareable and there was actually A LINE to get INTO the park. They had to wait until someone LEFT before they could go in. I would imagine that the same chaos will occur at SFGAm's HH as well.
Man, why couldn't they've charged for a second gate. I get to SFGAm only a few times a year and would have gladly paid the fee instead of the mess that I will have to endure now. GRRRRR!!!! :(