What in the world are they thinking?
Let's see...we can go to the zoo, or for about the same price we can drive 90 minutes to Kings Island, or up north to Cedar Point.
That's what you get when you have a former Six Flags guy in charge.
I think that's true. I'm actually wondering if it used to be less than 42". My girls were only four when I rode it with them two years ago, and I'm not sure if they would have been 42 yet... it may have even been 40. (It strikes me as similar to KI's Beastie, which is 40.) Not a big deal, I was just curious.
Joel, the points system makes sense -- in the sense that the Sea Dragon should not cost the same as, say, the (boring) boat ride in the 'Pacific Islands'... but still... Hopefully they'll apply a similar discount to the punch cards (where if you buy in bulk you get a few extra punches/points,) since that does at least help with the cost. BTW is this online somewhere or do you have somewhere else that you're getting the info?
OhioStater, I'm glad to hear that you've heard more people talk about it --the buzz I've heard is minimal but the answer is not surprising. Hopefully the zoo will figure out that this isn't going to fly once they open to the public and we'll see changes. I know they do make adjustments; for example when the boat ride first opened it was two tokens but it didn't take long for them to 'adjust' it down to one. The train may have had an adjustment too, I don't remember. I do know we hardly rode the boat until they dropped the price, in favor of the one-token carousel, ha ha. I'm so cheap... it's just sad.
For that matter, I wonder who was responsible for that insert- it's so bad, please tell me the high school intern wrote it! For example, in the description of rides at Jungle Jack's it lists "Whirlygigs: This free spinning attraction rotates on a pond that makes each whirlygig move in it's own chaotic motion while the level rises." Ummm...what? (I'm thinking they might be referring to the Tilt a Whirl, as it wasn't mentioned elsewhere. Maybe there's a near-drowning effect!) The rest of the ride descriptions are just as laughable. They make sure to include all the absolute necessary information like how many cars are on the ride and how many people they hold. "Jack's Tea Party: ... There are 6 cups and saucers that can seat up to 24 people per ride." Now, them's some large-assed tea cups!
Ok, not trying to dis the zoo, (as CarrieR stated earlier, it's a fabulous place, first rate), but like all zoos everywhere, operates on a tight budget. If I paid someone good money for that schlocky publicity I'd be complaining and getting my money back!
"Sea Dragon: Central Ohio's favorite 51 year old wooden coaster returns." Well, I have to agree with this one- out of all the 51 year old wooden coasters we have here in Columbus, it's my favorite, too! Geez.
See, this kind of thing just makes me nuts.
In the State of Ohio, if POP isn't offered, the rides don't run. Ohioans don't like ride tickets, and...even if the tickets are a better deal than the POP...they buy the POP, or they pass on the rides and take a trip to Cedar Point or Kings Island. Even Coney Island switched from ride tickets with optional POP last year to strict POP.
One way or another the Zoo will ultimately learn the lesson. Or they're going to have an awful lot of very empty rides.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
But if Knoebels were in Central Ohio, they would have a hard time selling ride tickets. Everybody would be buying the wristband *even though for most of them it would cost more money*. POP is the way of the world around here.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Way to go, Jungle Jack.
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And true, Ohio may be a POP state, and you would expect it there, too. But I think another factor in the pricing structure may be that the sheer number of attractions for Jungle Jack's is low for now. You can believe that Zoombezi Bay will be extremely busy on certain days, and I believe they have the slide and pool capacity to handle it. But if those same people all try to line up to ride the few rides they're offering, it will be a nightmare beyond proportions for the zoo and it's staff. So in their minds, a way to control the ridership is to upcharge. For now. My guess is that once that part of the park expands with more rides and attractions it will be incorporated with the other gates into some sort of optional POP ticket.
The waterpark does appear to have a separate gate and it's on the other side of the rides, so perhaps visitors that just pay to park will have access to the amusement park without having to pay to cross into the zoo or waterpark. That makes sense.
I can justify $60 for the pass for the summer, but add an additional $15/visit per kid... yikes. For me (although bearing in mind that my situation is unusual,) that's $75 a visit, assuming they don't charge for the baby. No, scratch that... $90 because I have to accompany on several of the rides.
Even for a family of 4, that's $60 (after they've spent $120 to get in.) Good gracious.
I just hope they figure it out and adjust. I want this to do well; I'd love to have a park less than two hours away. But if I want to pay out the rear, I'll go to a park that at least has some larger rides.
BTW thanks Joel for the updates!
Carrie (official ZooBay whiner)
Admission (includes Columbus Zoo & Aquarium)$29.99; $19.99(under 48 inches & ages 60+); free(ages 0-2).
If your familiar with AAA's rating system, a blue diamond next to the attractions name means it's a "must see" attraction. Before this season there's also always been a little red "Save" symbol to tell you you'll receive the general 10% discount.
That save symbol is no longer there, but the blue diamond remains. Has anybody been there this season who knows if you still get the AAA discount?? I appologize if I just further confused this already confusing thread.
sent an e-mail to the Zoo about the pricing and received the following message back:
Unfortunately, it was decided by management to have the rides in Jungle
Jack's Landing as a pay-per-ride system. The dry rides are all a part of the
Zoo and not part of Zoombezi Bay, which is why they are not including in the
Zoombezi Bay season pass. All rides in the Zoo are a pay-per-ride system and
they decided to keep the system the same for the new rides. There are the
reloadable ride cards that are available for purchase and are $1.00 per
credit. We also will have wrist bands available for unlimited rides, the day
of purchase, for $15.00 each. Rides will vary from $1.00 to $2.00 depending
on the ride. If you have any other questions please contact us at (614)
Columbus Zoo & Zoombezi Bay
Danielle at the zoo said:
Unfortunately, it was decided by management to have the rides in JungleJack's Landing as a pay-per-ride system.
Just me or is this exactly how you don't start a reply to someone questioning your new pricing?
Shouldn't you sell people on the idea rather than call it unfortunate?
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