Staying close to home for fun saves money

Posted Monday, July 13, 2009 12:40 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Some Western Pennsylvania attractions are riding high this summer, despite a down economy. Operators of several area amenities say they're enjoying good seasons as people ditch the drive to larger, fancier and more expensive venues, and seek more affordable fun closer to home.

Read more from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Monday, July 13, 2009 12:46 PM

This year we skipped the small stuff for the big stuff - we did a week at WDW instead of taking two weeks at 20 smaller places like we normally do each summer.

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Monday, July 13, 2009 2:00 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
This year we skipped the small stuff for the big stuff - we did a week at WDW instead of taking two weeks at 20 smaller places like we normally do each summer.

I think coaster enthusiasts like us are special exceptions ;)

12 more days till Disney!

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Monday, July 13, 2009 2:18 PM

Three weeks until Vegas!

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Monday, July 13, 2009 2:20 PM

I'm checking in at Bonnet Creek in five days. No theme parks this trip though---just water parks, and the "other stuff" we never get to do because we're so busy. (That said, we might sneak a visit in to Sea World.)

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Monday, July 13, 2009 6:04 PM

I did the same thing as Gonch last year, which at least to me says that Disney is better at pricing itself for the going market than a lot of other places do. We blew off Cedar Point's on-site hotels, first time in something like eight years for me. Skipped over-nighters in general, actually. Made day trips to Waldameer and Kennywood, and even then only paid for half of those tickets.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:37 PM

Good to see some positive news for the smaller venues, but some of the big boys could really use the money. I understand that even a single day at an amusement park can be wildly expensive, but I would hope that at least a decent amount of people have the disposeable income to make it work. I say that mostly in hopes that the majors that really need some profits *cough* Six Flags *cough* manage to make enough to ride this out.

Last edited by sirloindude, Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:39 PM
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Thursday, July 16, 2009 7:07 AM

^ I know what you mean. I went to SFNE on 7/5 (see trip report) on a Sunday, with PEFRECT weather (low 80's, full sun, and a light breeze after a two weeks of rain), and waited NO MORE than 30-35 minutes (no Q-Bot either) for a ride.

Nearly everythimg was a walk-on, (with the exception of Bizarro).

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