Posted Thursday, March 15, 2007 8:34 AM | Contributed by redman822
Six Flags announced that it will launch its new VIP Program at all its US-based theme parks for the 2007 season. This new program provides more concierge-level service and benefits than any other theme park program of its kind, and offers guests special opportunities in everything from parking to ride access, games, private character meet-and-greets, photos, meals and more.
Read the press release from PR Newswire via Yahoo.
Thursday, March 15, 2007 8:37 AM
I still think it's way under-priced, especially in the bigger markets.
Thursday, March 15, 2007 12:08 PM
I agree. I would think that the low price will allow too many people to do this. Do you have to pay for a certain minimum size group, say four people?
Thursday, March 15, 2007 12:17 PM
$250 per person for those perks? Sounds low. Add this to low season passes. Eep.
Thursday, March 15, 2007 12:35 PM
I prefer the tone of this discussion to the one in the forums. :)
Thursday, March 15, 2007 1:29 PM
For tourists, I can see this being a good deal so they are able to see everything in the park. I were to fly to SFGADV, I would most likely opt for the package so I would get the most out of my travel buck. And as a out of stater, this package is appealing. The last thing I would want to do is to spend hundreds flying to the east coast, only to stand in line for hours and miss out on a big chunk of the park. I wonder about the limitations though? Could someone ask to ride K.Ka 10 times in a row? All in all, a great idea. I saw the pricing tier at SFMM last year, but I never knew the details of the package.
Thursday, March 15, 2007 4:44 PM
A "complimentary attraction" is included?
Are they going to GIVE me a rollercoaster? :)
Another thing I don't like is the past-tense language regarding the VIP host training: "..each was recruited..."; "...completed an elite guest relations training program..."
Dorney started an almost identical program last year, $200/person, except I don't think it included all meals (just "call-ahead reservations") and was only 5-hours, not all day. Also Dorney had an optional add-on for $50/hr if you wanted a dedicated security guard to walk around with you and the park-employed tour guide. ($100/hr if you want him carrying a gun) I know Dorney's had a minimum of 4 people in the group, though (maximum of 8). Oh, and you also got a FREE souvenir mug with UNLIMITED FREE SOFT DRINKS, JUST LIKE HOLIDAY WORLD!! :) (link for reference)
Thursday, March 15, 2007 4:56 PM
This is similar to what I did at Alton Towers this past fall. The only weekend I had free to go happened to be THE busiest day of the season - Electric Towers Saturday. So, at the recommendation of many AT fans, I purchased shortcut passes for each of the coasters. For probably my only time going to Alton Towers, this was the best way for me to experience all their rides (and the rest of the park) in one day on the busiest day of the year. Just getting there from the Caribbean was a pain in itself, so if I had only been able to ride two coasters all day, I would've been pissed.
I agree with Jeff though. Six Flags way underpriced this. They should charge way more.
Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:09 PM
I guess it's a matter of priorities. If someone handed me $250 to do whatever I wanted with it, spending it on a VIP experience at a Six Flags park would be very, very low on the list.
Does having a paid guide really make the Safari @ GAdv any more special?
Saturday, March 17, 2007 9:59 AM
The cynic in me really wants to say "Oh boy, one more way to charge the customer extra just to compensate for the crappy customer service they'd get otherwise!" Not ENTIRELY fair, but I think there's some grains of truth to that.
While I wouldn't pay that myself, I DO think they're undercharging for what they're offering.