Six Flags Announces Nation's Best Theme Park VIP Program

Thursday, March 15, 2007 12:41 AM
Who cares, I highly doubt I will actually see this happen, and if I did it would only happen once during the day. Honestly people, how many willing customers are they actually going to have? And what makes this any different from any other entertainment industry (big wigs can rent out theatres, museums, etc) and heck every park calendar says that the park can be closed on any given day due to a "private event" with no warning. I imagine this doesnt happen too often because you would have to pay a whole lot of money to do so.

And besides your'e all hipocrits if money was not a problem (ie you were filthy rich) you cant tell me you wouldnt do this yourself, just look at all the praise Universal's hotel fol access gets back here (myself included) its really just a cheaper version (admission and hotel charge) of this anyways.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 1:47 AM
I'd likely never use it myself, but it sounds like it could be a fun thing. Now if I just just swallow my loathing for linejumpers, FlashPass or not...I could deal with them if the queue for them was totally seperate, and didn't keep non-FP'ers (or QBotters, or whoever) from being stuck behind them because they couldn't get to the FP gate, but as it is now...or am I missing something? *** Edited 3/15/2007 5:47:57 AM UTC by ilovethewildone***
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Thursday, March 15, 2007 8:25 AM
What about a "front-of-the-line" pass that is made available to you at an ACE event? Do you feel bad when you cut in front of all of those people in line during regular operating hours?

Does a freebie pass make it different?

It sounds more like sour grapes because some people can't afford it. Ask yourself honestly, if you hit the lottory for 300 million, would you still stand in line with the masses?

I wouldn't if I could afford it.

-Tambo

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 8:33 AM
This is not new at GAdv they have done it for a few years now. It's been on their website and also at guest relations they had a little sign about it. So for all those thinking this will cause more problems at GAdv I'd say no.
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Thursday, March 15, 2007 8:47 AM

Touchdown said:I imagine this doesnt happen too often because you would have to pay a whole lot of money to do so.

I've had a lot of ride ops from CP tell me they have multiple VIP groups at CP almost daily. So, it does get utilized quite often. But, like you said, you rarely see it because compared to the general guest population, the VIP population is basically nothing.

The Six Flags version seems pretty affordable to me though. $1000 for a family of four that basically includes everything you'd spend in the park? Wouldn't a family spend close to that on a regular day - especially if they used the Flash Pass?

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 8:58 AM
I can't imagine spending 1000 in a day at any theme park, Even disney for a family of 10.

Spend your money your way, I'll attend 15 parks for that thousand. Eat at all of them and pay for camping and fuel. Thank you very much. *** Edited 3/15/2007 12:59:52 PM UTC by Charles Nungester***

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:13 AM
Oh Six Flags Great Adventure made the people using this perk very noticeable with an approximately 4 inch by 6 inch sticker affixed to their shirts with nice big letters VIP on them. It's one thing to make it noticeable for the ops it's another to make it noticeable to ALL! And the guided version was even more noticeable since there was a person in the Six Flags attire with them.
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Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:24 AM
This is sort of a reminder of one of the most depressing commentaries about the life humans have decided to construct; that if you have money, you are somehow a "very important person".

How self-serving.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:46 AM
Who knows how much a Flash Pass is? If you add up just the price of everything included, it seems to me to be really close. But, I can't find the price of a Flash Pass anywhere.
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Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:58 AM
Dude, 4 Admissions 200 bucks. Four dinners 100 bucks, Gold bot for four 89 bucks

Save yourself 600 dollars and visit another park or two.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:17 AM
That's funny, when I add up everything they're giving you, it comes out to a total of $825. Granted, some groups spend more or less on food, drinks, snacks, games, ride photos, go-carts, rock climbing and paintball. But, if you WERE to do all of those activities on a regular day, paying full price for everything, a group of four would spend roughly $825 for the entire day. So, for a measly $40 more per person, I think the VIP thing is a bargain at SF - for not having to fart around with the Flash Pass thing alone.

Like I said, I'm only considering it at CP because I think it would be a blast to ride the coasters as many times as humanly possible in one day. I never do any of those other activities anyways, so I wouldn't consider VIP at Six Flags. But, its not the "ultra expensive only the black card AMEX holders of the world can afford it" thing you guys are making it out to be. I think First Class on an airplane is a bigger waste of money than the VIP deal at Six Flags.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:18 AM
Maybe it's me, but I don't want to go to a park and have an employee hanging around me all the time. Guided tours, "insider information", and all that jazz can be cool up to a point. But do I really want to be with a tour guide for 12 hours?
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Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:33 AM
You actually want to go to a amusement park and play games and climb a wall?


Im not telling you what or how to do it but simple planning and common sense can get you through almost any non disney/universal doing just about anything you want for under a hundred a person.

Chuck

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:40 AM
Did you read my post? I said I never do any of that stuff myself. BUT, if a group WAS to do all of that, its not a LOT of money.

I'd say on an average visit to CP or SF, I spend far under $100. I get the cheapest ticket possible, only drink the free water, eat maybe two things, never buy souvenirs, and never pay for "upcharge attractions". But, considering how much money parks make on ride photos, amusement games, etc, other guests obviously spend a lot of money on those things. That's all I was saying.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:50 AM
Chuck, we're all not basing what we do on finding the cheapest outlet possible. I still think you're the odd man out on that one - especially if you factor in the 'average' park visitor.

Even better, some of us do more than ride coasters and flyers. ;)

I can't think of very many park visits where we didn't drop a few buck playing a game or two - the kids dig it. Heck, I dig it sometimes. We're not the rock wall type, but I have a few skycoaster credits under my belt. We don't leave parks to eat or ask for free water, we have paid for preferred parking a few times in the past, have used q-bot on numerous occasions - and so on.

halltd has the numbers pretty close and some things aren't really comparable - like the gold bot to front of line access. Ride has a two hour wait today? That's a 30 minute wait with Gold Bot. I'm under the impression that it's a 0 minute wait with the VIP deal. Plus, the 'hands-on' care:

"Guests who reserve the VIP Program for themselves and their families will be contacted in advance by a specially-trained Six Flags VIP Host to ascertain their family's preferences and favorite rides, food, Looney Tunes and Justice League characters and shows, all of which will be incorporated as the host plans the guests' full day of fun and activities."

Come on! That's cool as hell. They contact you in advance, ascertain your preferences and plan a day around your likes. There's what the $40 or $50 missing from halltd's equation goes to.

Believe it or not, people WILL do this and you don't have to be rich or stupid to do it. You just have to be looking for a unique theme park experience.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:00 AM
Hmmm....I think I have a business idea. Undercut SF and charge $500 for the same service. After admissions and bribes to the underpaid ride operators, I should have about $300 in my pocket AND a day at the park. ;)
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Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:52 AM

Charles Nungester said:
Dude, 4 Admissions 200 bucks. Four dinners 100 bucks, Gold bot for four 89 bucks

Where did you get a Goldbot for $89?

When I went to Gradv last year I was paying $169 for a goldbot for 4 people and I'm sure the price is more for 07


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Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:58 AM

OhioStater said:
This is sort of a reminder of one of the most depressing commentaries about the life humans have decided to construct; that if you have money, you are somehow a "very important person".

How self-serving.


This is somehow a new concept to you? It's been going on since the beginning of time. At least in America, that opportunity is there for everyone. How is it self-serving to work hard for your family to live well?

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Thursday, March 15, 2007 12:04 PM

halltd said:
Like I said, I'm only considering it at CP because I think it would be a blast to ride the coasters as many times as humanly possible in one day.
Which, as I said, you can do for standard admission most any early weekday in May.
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Thursday, March 15, 2007 12:04 PM
SFNE.

No, I wouldn't say Im a cheapskate. If I want something or wanna play a game, I do it.

I don't think im the odd ball although Im not talking as a family man either. Everyone I know does things on a budget and the ones who don't are almost alwayst the ones begging you for a ride to the park because they blow everything they could use for a car payment.

Not being cheap, Being realistic. If you wanna spend that kinda money in one park for one day. Thats your choice. Like I said before, Planning the big parks and asking for tips is a lot less expensive. Visit SFNE on a monday, No Gold bot needed 89 dollar savings. Pack a lunch 15 dollar savings.

Like others have pointed out, Going to KW or HW and several other parks, I don't worry about it at all knowing no matter what I buy or do I won't blow it and never feel gouged..

If your going to CP on a weekend in Aug, By all means your gonna need some good tips or a PRIVELEDGE'd deal to get to do everything. Your looking at about 10-12 major rides on a saturday and thats about it.

Chuck

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