Finally, people are willing to pay more for a Busch park because frankly those parks are amazing. After many visits I have yet to meet someone having "a bad time" in the park. Its really about Quality, and Busch is right up there with Universal and Disney in that category.
2022 Trips: WDW, Sea World San Diego & Orlando, CP, KI, BGW, Bay Beach, Canobie Lake, Universal Orlando
people are willing to pay more for a Busch park because frankly those parks are amazing
That's the truth. I plunked down $45 at SWSA (AAA discount), expecting to pop in and out after whoring the credits, and hustle on back to SFFT. I was at SWSA the whole day, and had a great time.
And, I'd go back to BGE anytime, despite what the single-day gate is.
No one ever pays the standard admission price at BGE anyways.
We travelled down from Ocean City, MD back in 1999 not realizing just how LONG of a trip that was going to be, and I did pay full price to get in, I wasn't really aware of the discounts they had back then. I know now to check ahead for discounts, even AAA or soda cans if I can find them!
After many visits I have yet to meet someone having "a bad time" in the park.
Overall we had a great day, it was the two hours or so spent horizontal on park benches outside of Pompeii that put a little damper on it. Only time I have ever been sick at a park.
You have disturbed the forbidden temple, now-you-will-pay!!!
To me, SFA isn't giving the gate away.
Not when you compare it to another park that seemingly "gives away the gate." :)
And maybe Busch themselves forgot as well. They seem to push those two-park dealy-o's that get you into SW and BGA...and then there's the flex pass that includes BGA with the Universal parks...
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Demographics-wise, however, it's like another world.
Q: Where'd all the Brits and Brazilians go? A: They stayed in Orlando, maybe for USF/IoA, maybe Wet-N-Wild, I dunno....but the Tampa park, seems amazingly "local" in terms of its market. BGE (W), that really IS a touristy market, and if it were *me*, I'd charge the daylights out of people to go there...BGA, on the other hand, depends FAR more heavily on the local peeps...just my casual observations, no real *facts* here...(as per my custom)... ;)
How's this relate to SFMM? Check the nearby competition for BGA and SFMM... :)
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How's this relate to SFMM? Check the nearby competition for BGA and SFMM...
Well done. :)
And a good point.
Lord Gonchar said:
...Sesame Place expects you to pay to play - and the kiddies want to play.
Gonch, I paid $41.95 for a one-day admission to Sesame Place in October, and then upgraded the pass to include all of next year for $25. That's not including parking, food, etc...seeing as how the clientele is mostly young kids, Sesame charges a bundle for food, so of course they're going to want to/have to eat lunch while there...sit and eat popcorn during the parade...get Elmo and Sesame Street merchandise from the many stores around the park...
Parents will want to appease their kids, so they'll buy them almost anything. It's not like a Six Flags park, where more adults go and don't need all sorts of souvenirs...these are mostly kids between the ages of 3 and 12, who want want want and need need need. That's how Sesame Place makes all sorts of crazy money.
Haha no I'm not giving Patrick the finger
Also, let's not underestimate the amount of money that can be had from selling marketing lists (or even direct marketing to the lists). I live in eastern PA, and yet I have a SFMM season pass that I picked up while I was at Solace last year. Since then I've gone to:
SFKK (I would have skipped if I had to pay for admission since we only were able to spend 2 hours in the park).
SFGAdv twice (Given proximity, I would have only gone once if I had to pay to get in)
SFNE (I wouldn't have been able to afford the trip at all if I had to pay to get in)
SFA (My decision for this trip was also influenced by the fact that I had the too-good-to-pass-up deal in my wallet)
So thats $60 in parking. And with the exception of SFKK, I had at least one meal in each of the other parks. Also, I have a friend who collects shot glasses, so that's another $30 in shot glasses that would not have been purchased if I didn't have the season pass. Figure in a conservative estimate of $40 in food (if not more) that's $130 extra that they would not have had out of my wallet if the season pass was not the same price.
Just food for thought.
EDIT: Something that just occurred to me -- how many people get discounted one-day tickets? Full price is $59.99.. if they can get discounted tickets for $39.99, then they're in essence paying an extra $20 for the play pass. I don't think six flags is going to honor the single-ticket discounts towards the play pass. *** Edited 11/6/2006 3:29:35 AM UTC by dannerman***
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