Considering they don't charge an admission, I have no problem with this upcharge. I'm surprised they never put in a bungee jump on their lawn by the hotel, I'd pay extra for that.
I never understood why parks charge extra for things like go carts. Sure, many think it's because they run on gas, and thats not cheap. Problem is, most antique or turnpike cars run on gas that there's no uprate there. Maybe it's insurance reasons that they charge more.
Great Lakes Brewery Patron...
There are a number of minigolf courses scattered around my area in addition to the ones at FECs. One that is less than 3 miles from where I live started operation during the big minigolf fad in the 1930s. By the way, during my college years, I worked at an amusement park minigolf course. And yes, it was an upcharge attraction.
Ride of Steel said:
You do realize how long the line for a Skycoaster would be if it were included with admission
2nd post in and you hit the nail on the head with why ANY upcharge is an upcharge.
It's line-control, plain and simple. Anything that is inherently low-capacity has a price to match. Otherwise, the waits would be 1-2 hours long, while everything else (including people-eating coasters) would be just several minutes.
This is why Dorney offers lower-priced deals in non-peak times (mornings, weekdays, and slow weekends like the beginning and end of the year). They can lower the price without ballooning the line too much.
Knott's and Dorney - 8 seat screaming swings and upcharge
CP, KW, Lake Compounce (etc) - 32-seat versions and thus not upcharge.
It gives the illusion that they charge extra because of it being extreme, but usually it's because those extreme attractions only accomodate between 2-4 people per cycle.
This is why things like mini-golf (not exactly a speedy activity) and go-carts (almost *EVERYONE* wants to drive a go-cart)
Just take a look at the pricing at Dorney:
$5/person for screaming swing (seats 8, that's $40/ride). Now remember back when they had the skyscraper, and charged $22 for a 2-rider ticket. seats 4, $44/ride. Coincidence? Highly doubtful. Dorney's smart and knows the cut-off level to maximize ridership and revenue, while minimizing wait times in line.
Intamin Fan said:
I think you just start topics to talk about Kennywood.
whats wrong with talkin about kw??? i mean kw is my home park and i rarely see topics about it. everyone else can talk about their home parks ie CP SFMM DW etc...why cant we bring up KW every once in a while to see peoples opinions about it? no one ever talks about sand castle..the water park right down the street from kennywood that kw owns. just cause its not a big place. ok im done, i just wanted to talk about KW lol
...unless the demand is high enough to result in larger crowds, then you'll see a pricetag on it pretty quickly. :)
It's my home park too and it has two upcharge rides: paddle boats and a skycoaster. I see nothing wrong with this. The Skycoaster provides intense thrills for those who want them and are willing to pay the price. It has become a regular part of most larger parks. It doesn't have that big of a footprint. KW could put a flat or a show there but the park might do that elsewhere if they expand in the future. Meanwhile. many visitors enjoy watching the riders take the plunge. The paddle boats and the lake add to the parks atmosphere and don't displace anything.
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