I've been trying to get my company to rent out King's Dominion for a day during the week in the summer. It wouldn't be a problem for where I work to do that, not to mention that everyone would love it. We get a huge stack of discount tickets from King's Dominion every year, and at the end of the parks season, we only send back maybe 20 tickets. Maybe next summer it'll be a different story? Hopefully!
When I was in School my School District (South Redford) would rent out the now-defunct Edgewater Park in Detroit on the Friday before Memorial Day. That park was rented out more than it was open to the General Public. It's final day (9/13/1981) it was rented out to the Detroit Police Department for the day. A week later 17 A.C.E. Members (Including Myself) were invited to the park to take its wooden Roller Coaster out for its last rides.
Oh, the "rate" definitely is dependent on WHEN you want the park....you want a Saturday mid-season, you're gonna PAY. Midweek *early OR late* in the season, cheaper still.
One of the reasons clubs often get ERT sessions before/after normal operating hours, and for one or two coasters as opposed to having the whole park available...is because that's inifintely cheaper than renting out the *entire* park for an *entire* day.
I've asked this question before and nobody has ever seemed to know the answer. (probably because none of us here have ever had the serious interest to actually do something of this nature) I got another "tack on" question for ya'll... if you rented out a park like Cedar Point, would you have to pay for all the lost revenue from the hotels?
That's actually an interesting question. I remember back in the late 80's early 90's Honda rented out Cedar Point for a Saturday in September. It'd be interesting to see the bill from that puppy. That was also before CP had multiple Hotels running. I think only the original Breakers was up along with Camper Village.
I wonder how many companies have the number of employees to afford a buyout nowadays. In days past, you had companies like Mack Truck and Bethlehem Steel who could buy out Dorney for a day. Ford used to buy out Chippewa Lake and I think Geauga Lake sometimes, and AMP used to buy out Hershey.
I'm sure the same happened with Kennywood and the other Pgh area parks. Of course, back in the 60's and 70's the parks were only half the size they are now, so it took less people to fill them too.
But now corporations are spread out. When my sister-in-law worked for IBM, they had their company picnic @ PKD in the 90s. Even with every office in the MD/DC/VA area, they didn't have enough people to buyout the park.
Someone I struck up a chat with in line at HP a few weeks ago told me that M&T Bank was doing their picnic there in early October, when the park is closed to the GP. But that event is open to every employee from Massaschusetts to Ohio to Virginia. That's a pretty big territory and a lot of travel to attend your company picnic.
But why would you wanna get the park to yourself? No Lines? No wait? Personal experience?
Cedar Point does had the VIP option. $350 you get priority on rides and stuff. Pretty much the best.
Most parks do offer this VIP treatment but it is still expensive, but CP is the only park that teh VIP is worth it, but not really needed. But if youwanna know, just ask the parks about their VIP options.