Two parks better than one

Posted Sunday, August 7, 2005 11:13 AM | Contributed by Gemini

A morning of roller coasters and an afternoon of water slides, followed by a night of more coasters, is becoming a popular way of luring people into amusement parks, as Cedar Fair has learned from a number of its parks.

Read more from The Sandusky Register via PointBuzz.

Link: PointBuzz

Monday, August 8, 2005 1:13 PM
So, wait...are "Two parks for the price of one" better? Because I could swear that SFGAm is getting slammed for "giving away the gate".

Or is that only because it is a SF park and not a CF park?

Monday, August 8, 2005 1:32 PM
It's interesting that this is in the Sandusky Register, where CF doesn't offer this kind of admission. Could they be trying to prod the park?
Monday, August 8, 2005 2:05 PM
Each situation is different. The kids on PointBuzz/GTTP have been saying Soak City should be included with Cedar Point, and of course that would be an insanely stupid thing to do. Kinzel said it right there... it's an issue of having a competitive offering. In Cleveland Geauga Lake has Cedar Point, in the tri-state area Dorney has Six Flags Great Adventure. If you want to talk about SFGAm, there is no competition.
Monday, August 8, 2005 2:34 PM
Jeff, I can sum up the waterpark competition for SFGAm is two words...."The Dells". Ask anyone in Milwaukee or Chicago where you can find great and large waterparks, and they will tell you the Dells - not SFGAm.

People for years have gone to SFGAm for coasters and the Dells for waterparks.

The main difference between CP and GAm is that CP is a "destination" resort, where GAm is a day trip. You can do GAm in a day, but as Brian Edwards stated, "... Cedar Point isn't a park that can be done in one day.

Besides, at $67.95 for both CP and SC for two days, isn't CP "giving away the gate" too?

*** This post was edited by redman822 8/8/2005 2:40:00 PM ***

Monday, August 8, 2005 3:07 PM
I agree, but people were driving past the park to go to Dells. It just would've made sense to at least try it first.
Monday, August 8, 2005 4:58 PM
Not really, Jeff.

Chicagoans go northwest out I90 towards Elgin/Rockford to head to the Dells.

Milwaukee residents go due west out I94 towards Madison.

Neither route goes past GAm.

Besides, you didn't answer my question about CP giving away the gate...*** This post was edited by redman822 8/8/2005 4:59:42 PM ***

Monday, August 8, 2005 10:18 PM
They sell those tickets mostly to hotel guests (that's a verifiable fact, even if I can't tell you why I know), so they're getting money from them in a number of different ways. Part of the challenge of getting people to stay on the property is getting them out of their rooms and spending money, so that ticket package makes sense.
Tuesday, August 9, 2005 7:47 AM
Perhaps they don't literally drive past the park...but you know what he's sayin'. They drive farther away for a similar product.

Look at the people waiting to get into HH. Look how quickly it reaches capacity. If fewer people went to HH because it was a separate gate, they wouldn't be waiting in long lines for slides and have a better time in the park.

Prices can always be adjusted and discounted to find the 'sweet spot' on the supply/demand curve. Blowing out the capacity every day because it's free is a little more costly to remedy--and you sure can't do it with the gate fees you acquiesed.


Tuesday, August 9, 2005 3:17 PM
both sides to the coin, two admissions to two different parks is a great deal. I own stock in Cedar Point.. ( Cedar fair nysx..) and is it doing well. I bought a large amount of shares when it first came public and ever since then included or not , its been a huge winner, so in my opinoin which ever makes money ,but is still a good bargin in the long haul. The water park @Soak City is always crowded.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 1:18 PM
Yet but all these new park combos and not a single Master Blaster :(

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