Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2013 8:24 AM | Contributed by rollergator
John Winkler, park president at Six Flags New England, says people generally will hesitate to visit the Six Flags park in Agawam if there’s any real chance of rain. So the park’s management has come up with a potential solution: a “weather guarantee” program.
Read more from The Boston Business Journal.
I'm guessing all the details haven't really been released yet. If I were to set the rules, it would make sense to me that eligibility is based on the rides being closed for at least an hour, and not reopened prior to the guest's decision to leave the park. Only then would rain date admission be provided.
“If we find it’s a significant benefit for our guests and our business model, then we’ll replicate it,”
I can only assume, then, that if they don't find it's a significant benefit to their guests (or if it turns out to be a complete disaster for the park, as you predict), they'll nix the whole thing. If not, they should.
I was at Hersheypark the day after Labor Day last year visiting and hanging out with an old buddy of mine. I was eight hours from home, and rarely will go that far to visit a park. The rain began about two hours after the park opened, and I found it odd that they closed every single ride except the indoor shooter due to just a little drizzle.
We waited about an hour in Fahrenheits queue for it to stop, and decided to move on to see what else was open. Nothing was open, not even the waterpark. Drizzle closes the waterpark too?
So we decided to go outside the park to the Chocolate tour ride and then do some shopping at the chocolate mall. The rain stopped, so we went back into the park.
A very nice lady employee was standing at the gate asking people how their day was going. I asked her if the rides are going to be opening back up soon since the rain has stopped, and she told me probably not. I then answered her question. I told her that my visit to the park was obviously lousy.
She then directed me to pick up some free tickets at customer service. As we were picking them up, I asked the lady at the counter if the rides were going to open now that the rain had stopped, and she said probably not today. She then interrupted her answer by telling us that she is receiving word on the earpiece attached to a walky talky right now that everything would be opening soon, and that the rain was over for the day.
She gave us the tickets anyways, and told us to enjoy the rest of the day at the park.
I don't think I will be able to make it to Hersheypark with my buddy this year to use the tickets, so I mailed his ticket to him a few days ago for him to take a another friend. An eight hour drive is just so far for me, even if I have a free ticket.
I was extremely surprised that all the rides closed down because of drizzle. No thunder or lightning, just a little on and off sprinkling. I did get to ride everything I wanted to that day because it wasn't too busy to begin with, and the park emptied out in the evening, but half the day was ruined anyways. The free ticket was a nice gesture at least.
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