Wednesday, May 24, 2006 9:21 PM
I don't really have to go into deep detail about this matter. I'm just thankful that there are other parks around do things differently when it comes to the matter of food and drink pricing. Naturally this would be one of the things that I would take into consideration when deciding whether to visit a Six Flags park or to visit a different park.
I have to give credit to any park that doesn't subscribe to the Six Flags food and drink pricing policy. That includes parks like Kennywood, Knoebels and those two parks that offer free drinks, HW and LC. Even Cedar Point is starting to rethink things here as they look more closely at their market.
I believe that the food is part of the park experience. When parks overcharge too greatly, they take away some of the elements that make a visit to their park enjoyable.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 9:24 PM
Perhaps SF assumes that since their guests are already pissed off before they even entered because they've paid $15 to park why not continue to piss them off with high food prices? ;)
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 9:29 PM
Yeah we're creatures of habbit. Something like excitement or pleasure of low food and drink prices after already being so dissapointed from parking would disrupt the balance of nature. Gotta keep consistancy.
Thursday, May 25, 2006 2:44 PM
Once you combine SFGAm's parking and gate prices it will be hard to find my wife and I on their midways this season...and this is my home park!
Thursday, May 25, 2006 4:54 PM
MM, Maybe that means that you will get to the Point this season. They appear to be more sensitive to their market. Now, if only that gas was a bit cheaper.
Other possible options are IB, HW, and the Dells.
Thursday, May 25, 2006 6:14 PM
As long as you have that gas receipt (up until a certain date), then what does the $15 parking charge mean anyway? You get it back later.
Saturday, May 27, 2006 10:02 AM
It's going to be interesting to see how Ceder Fair's new food pricing at some of their parks will work out this year. It's also going to be interesting to see what they do in the future with food pricing at the Paramount parks, another chain that has had a reputation for grossly overcharging for food and drink.
I wouldn't expect Cedar Fair to bring overall prices down to the level of Kennywood or Knoebel's (this would put too big of dent in their bottom line) but making them somewhat reasonable will improve the overall experience that visitors have. Some people might decide to have another meal in the park instead of waiting until after they leave. Others would be more likely to visit the parks in the first place.
I really hope that CFs approach wins out in the long run and that Six Flags is forced to lower their excessive food and drink prices. I would certainly enjoy their parks more if I didn't feel compelled to hold back on food and drink to avoid feeling ripped off.
Saturday, May 27, 2006 10:08 AM
I agree, I like eating out, and the only park I really get any food at is Knoebels, which is my favorite park. Ive been to Dorney a few times and the food prices arent too bad, but I couldnt see myself eating anything more then one meal or snack there if at all. I don't really think much of Six Flags now at my budget I know I can't afford it. *** Edited 5/27/2006 2:09:34 PM UTC by P18***
Saturday, May 27, 2006 11:46 AM
I'm aware that SFGA and DP are in competition with each other over the Philly market and part of NJ. SFGA has more of the top coasters but DP has some good ones as well so in some cases, it might come down to things such as pricing especially if families are involved.
The biggest head-to-head competition between CP and SF should be in California because both have parks in the state's two largest markets. There's also the matter of SFKK vs PKI, SFA vs PKD, SFOG vs PCar, (a bit far apart but some market overlap) and even SFGAm vs CP, VF, and MA or SFSL vs WOF (same situation here).
Saturday, May 27, 2006 11:50 AM
^ Having been to SFKK and PKI I feel compelled to mention that there is NO competition there!
Saturday, May 27, 2006 1:06 PM
Regarding SFKK ve PKI, this is a situation similar to SFGA vs DP in that one of the parks is much larger than the other and can have more high profile attractions. The difference is that in one case the SF park is larger and in the other the CF park is larger.
IMO, I'm surprised that SFKK hangs on well as it does, being in a small market and with PKI, HW, and BB within reach.