VF does WOT?!? New 2008 Season Passholder Benefits

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 9:26 AM
I've been purchasing season passes since my teenage daughter fit comfortably in a stroller and I've never EVER seen anything like this. EVER.

First they decided to toss in parking for free. That used to cost me an extra $25 a year and I'm glad for that.

Now they're adding

- WT and Extreme Swing ERT, every Friday
- Early waterpark entry, 5/24 - 8/24 (just about the whole season)
- Early admission to Halloween Haunt on Fridays
- Special designated Parking for Passholders (fa REAL?)
- Mother's Day/Father's Day bring-a-friend for $9.95

Here's the link. See for yourselves.

My thoughts? I'm surprised for a couple of reasons.

First of all...given the constant upward tug on the pass pricing over the last few seasons, I didn't think they liked me much. Now mind you, they also added a new ride each of those seasons--so I wasn't upset about it. But wow. These are the sort of discounts I'd expect from those weirdos at WOF or something :)

Second, I'm guessing season pass sales are off because the perk we liked most was this thing called CF sister park reciprocity. And that little extra nicety's been shoved right out the window thanks to geniuses in the CF mothership.

If this was a SF park, the tounges might start wagging about 'giving away the gate.' Me? I work 4 10 hour days anyway. I have Fridays off. I ain't mad.

Thoughts?

-'Playa

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 9:48 AM
Wow, thats crazy. They aren't giving away the gate because the pass is $79.99 and its $150.00 if you want to go to other parks in the chain.

I am jealous! Kennywood has no season pass and I have a half day every other Friday this summer.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 10:52 AM
Sounds like they fired everyone from paramount then instituted their plans into their parks.

Anyhow, those were good things that paramount did except for DESIGNATED BRING A FRIEND DAYS. My brother took my dad to KI and they got two rides in four hours and left. They were parking in the grass south of the parking lot. Probably 60-80 attendance.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 11:09 AM
Would you rather they not have a bring a friend free coupon at all?
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 11:17 AM
No, Just saying it was a mistake IMHO of putting them on designated days. A coupon to be used at any time durring the season is a good idea.

Im not complaining, just stating that those days they overcrowded the park probably brought about more DISSLIKE than enjoyment. Spreading it out is the only way to go in a guest view.

Chuck

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 11:19 AM
True. I can only imagine those are normally low attendance days and they wanted to boost attendance.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 11:44 AM
Well, Father's Day IS a traditional Dads-are-free, kids-half-off day at Mount Olympus...so you know where I'll be!

Mother's Day is the Susan Kohnen breast cancer 5K at The Mall...but since I run and don't walk, I'll be done with my event in time for breakfast. Hmmm. I might have to take them up on that one!

-'Playa

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 2:18 PM

CoastaPlaya said:Well, Father's Day IS a traditional Dads-are-free, kids-half-off day at Mount Olympus...so you know where I'll be!

^Probably in MY seat on the back of Cy-CLOPS (aka, the one-eyed wonder woodie).

gator, couldn't help but notice the SFoG passholder booklet had the "discount your admission by your age" coupon....that's a fabulous idea, bringing more "elderly" guests in the gates is always a big plus in my book! :)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 4:17 PM

Charles Nungester said:


Anyhow, those were good things that paramount did except for DESIGNATED BRING A FRIEND DAYS.


As a person that was not a KI Season Pass member and who driven 13 hours to get to the park, I was NOT happy about that day when I was there on my visit.

I agree completely with Chuck. The coupon is a nice touch...the designated day BLOWS!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 4:30 PM
Not only that, but every CF Platnum Pass holder will get Platnum benifits at every CF park this summer, heres the link to the pdf detailing the bennies:

http://www.cedarpoint.com/_upload/pdf/Platinum_Pass_Benefits.pdf

Only park missing is Knotts.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 4:50 PM
I wonder how busy those night ride nights at Cedar Point will be.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 5:02 PM
Depends on a lot of things (the ride, weather, etc) but I will tell you that the Magnum one last year was a blast I did 10 straight rides without getting off, and the trims were turned off. They just kept on cycling the 3 trains for an hour, it was great!

On the other hand, I heard that the Maverick one was not that great, you got 2 maybe 3 rides.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 5:10 PM
Ah. I suppose it makes more sense now as part of the Platinum Bennies package. I was starting to suspect the long-reaching fingers of micromanagement had loosened enough for my home park to do something new, wild and revolutionary on its own. I was wrong. (hangs head)

But given its distance from the sister parks (closest one: six hours away) and what was doubtless an overwhelming response to the Platinum Pass offer up here (crickets get tired of chirping) I applaud them for doing what made the most sense with corporate directives. There would be an awful lotta finger-drumming waiting for those Platinum People otherwise...

-'Playa

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 5:30 PM

Touchdown said:
Only park missing is Knotts.

...and Dorney.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 6:42 PM
Have a feeling the Platinum pass sales weren't exactly what you'd call "brisk" at several of the former Paramount parks...LOL!

Money and market demographics are NOT created equally. This *finally* starts making a little more sense to people in those other markets...IF they travel, that is...with gas prices going to 4/gal. Then again, they gotta go visit the relatives during the summer once anyway I suppose. Poor Clark!

Have to wonder if Dorney and Knotts were left off the list due to...."neighborhood proximity issues"... ;)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 7:36 PM

rollergator said:
This *finally* starts making a little more sense to people in those other markets...

But what about us folks in SW Ohio?

The "Regular" KI pass gets you in the park - end of list.

The "Gold" KI pass gets you all the perks of the Platinum, but is only good at KI.

The "Platinum" pass gives you all the perks at all the parks.

Which makes Playa's observations at VF all the more interesting because there's only one level of park-specific pass that includes the perks.

Then again, back in the day, Dorney passes always included free parking and a special passholder parking lot - so none of this seems weird to me in the first place.

So much for CF treating every park the same in cookie-cutter fashion, huh? ;)

I still need to buy CF passes...and my kids are both 'adult' sized now...and SF sent me new passes to activate online...and I was looking at scoring some FL resident seasonal passes for WDW...

sigh.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 9:04 PM
Oh cool. I get to stalk Gonch! ;)
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