This year for HW it has been a very remorse and sad year. I've been wanting to know what kind of season did HW actually have by attendance and wondering if anyone knows what is in store for us next year?
Let's keep our fingers crossed SRM won't get cancelled for next year!!!
Attendance throughout the industry is down, partially due to the weather and the economy. However I predict HW will end the year ahead of the industry average but nowhere near their record 20+% increase they saw last year.
My prediction for 2004 [pure speculation] - continued expansion to help increase capacity, with new attractions in Splashin Safari and maybe a new ride in the park as well. I doubt we'll see a new coaster next year, but I wouldn't mind being proved wrong ;)
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Good to hear that things are good in Santa Claus despite things being bad elsewhere in the industry... I see that you're doing something right in Indiana. Whatever the 2004 plans may be, I'm sure there will be plenty of cheers around here (that always seems to be the case.)
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Was there on Aug. 2nd...park was packed, even though it rained half the day. I don't think there'll be a coaster either, but I remember someone some time back saying a dark ride would be good. I think they're right!
I think it would be wise to replace the lower capacity (but very fun) Bumper boats with a Chance Morgan Swinging ship and a Carousel would be nice. A paratrooper or Cliffhanger or Kiteflyer would be a good addition as well.
Glad things are doing well HW! We "really" love you!
I have seen TWO dark rides that HW MUST have and I think they may be Sally rides. This was a while back but one is a Santa or Christmas theme and I think another was your usual haunted house theme. Buy one of each! I don't think both of them together would cost any more than the 2003 expansion which included three rides! BTW I believe the reason HW remains so successful is because they show an antigreedy attitude as opposed to corporate parks. HW do NOT charge for parking, soda pop, or sunscreen!! Corporate parks especially SF parks look for a way to make a killing off of those thing HW gives for free. I'd figure a one day outing for a family of 4 is about 1//2 the price of going to a SF park after you figure in the coasty of food, parking at a SF park. And also not only is pop free at HW but you know food cost LESS there either. Since HW goes out of their way to make you feel like you get a good deal (which you do) and give their 200% effort to run their woodies as fast as possible instead of the SF/CF way of trimming their coasters of course HW will always see an increase in attendance. If HW keeps on doing what they are doing it would be impossible for them to see a decline in attendance!! :-)