Jump to content

Ideas for a slightly longer season


Recommended Posts

I've had this idea in my head for a while so hear me out. Also this does not apply to the Covid-19, just whenever things get back to normal.

Imagine a November fall festival that takes place between Haunt and Winterfest. This event would be located in Soak City so the park could make the transition from Haunt to Winterfest and would be open on Saturdays and Sundays. There would be food stands/trucks, music, Peanuts meet & greets, beer, games, and even college and pro football on various TV screens. The train ride could also be open and would just make a loop from the Soak City station without stopping in Rivertown. Admission for non pass holders would be say $10 dollars for adults and $5 for kids with parking being around $10. Those numbers might be way to low but this is all just for fun.

Basically KI would be hosting a festival. It wouldn't be meant to draw in huge crowds but it could help boost yearly attendance and bring in more guests. People camping at the new campground or staying at Great Wolf Lodge might check it out. It might also encourage more people to buy gold passes since they can do something between Halloween and Christmas events.

Like I said this is just an idea I had.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

The event at Carowinds last year was the Peanuts Celebration, similar to the June 2018 event at Kings Island. Weather and attendance are major issues for seasonal parks in November, so it can be a gamble with events.

Maybe we'll see some Cedar Fair parks try a food tasting event at that time of the year, which they're getting quite good at this year out of necessity at Knott's.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I personally disagree with this.

First off, the park needs a bit of downtime to transition the park from Haunt to WinterFest. Yes, they do put up quite a bit of WinterFest stuff during Haunt (i.e. the candy canes in Tower Gardens, the tree out front, etc.), but remember the park also has to winterize the rides that won't be open during WinterFest AND they have to clean up all the Haunt stuff and put up the rest of the WinterFest stuff as well.

Secondly, you suggest the event would be in Soak City. The problem with this is there isn't much room in S.C. to really do anything really worth bringing people in. In the summer yeah because of the water rides and when the kids halloween fest is over there it works because it draws families for halloween and such. I seriously doubt that S.C. could host an event between Haunt and WinterFest that would actually draw in crowds. Especially in November.

In all honesty, I would like to keep it the way it is. Have the park close for the season and then re-open for WinterFest.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
45 minutes ago, Klabergian Empire said:

....you suggest the event would be in Soak City. The problem with this is there isn't much room in S.C. to really do anything really worth bringing people in.

They hosted the children's Halloween event in Soak City for a few seasons and it seemed to work out just fine

Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, SonofBaconator said:

They hosted the children's Halloween event in Soak City for a few seasons and it seemed to work out just fine

Yeah but it was a minor event. It wasn't large event; it didn't take up a lot of S.C.. If you held an event on the same scale as the children's Halloween event in S.C. in November, I doubt it would be worth it.

Link to post
Share on other sites

If there is an opportunity to make money, it should be explored.  Obviously, it worked for Carowinds in spite of Haunt teardown and Winterfest prep.  

I wouldn't be surprised to see more of these off season festivals pop up to extend revenue--maybe not at KI but at Cwinds, Schillerbahn etc.  

How cool would it be to have a December food tasting event at Breakers resort?  Nothing but food, maybe movie night etc.  I'd go from 6 hours away if I could get the time off!

I'm kind of surprised they havent done this at KD, Cwinds, CWland, ValleyFair and Great America given the success at Knotts.  (meaning, just a food festival in times of Covid).

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, BeeastFarmer said:

I wouldn't be surprised to see more of these off season festivals pop up to extend revenue--maybe not at KI but at Cwinds, Schillerbahn etc.  

The experiences seem to be making them money. Look how popular Grand Carnivale went in 2019. I see CF investing money into these experiences and special events more and more. I think utilizing Soak City for something like this is a good idea. A smaller footprint to maintain for this event and you have several food stands to sell food like Island Smokehouse.

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Klabergian Empire said:

Secondly, you suggest the event would be in Soak City. The problem with this is there isn't much room in S.C. to really do anything really worth bringing people in. In the summer yeah because of the water rides and when the kids halloween fest is over there it works because it draws families for halloween and such. I seriously doubt that S.C. could host an event between Haunt and WinterFest that would actually draw in crowds. Especially in November.

In all honesty, I would like to keep it the way it is. Have the park close for the season and then re-open for WinterFest.

As someone who actually worked at the waterpark, there is space there to operate both a daytime halloween event, a night time halloween attraction, and even a winter event if the park wanted to. You could make it into a crafts/food village or even make the trick or treating trail around the lazy river pathway. You could even make that into a haunt area to make it loop and go around the whole deal while still having a daytime area for the kids. For Winterfest, make a Hawaiian Christmas area, put up some faux palm trees, maybe even put up a faux sled hill on one of the straight ways of the WP. I think people just don't really think of the area much because of the distance, but honestly if the park did it right and made the trail or train as exciting as possible, I think the park could do it.

As for the whole park, I honestly would love to see the park expand hours into November and March. November could have a few rides and attractions and take a week off before WF just to do last minute work, but I think people would go. However, with March, it would be the same idea, except less rides and more of a food festival. Maybe have a form of a celtic fest and focus more on the food and drinks line up with a few coasters and attractions that could operate. As, in my opinion, if people come in winter for Winterfest, people would be bound to come in March for an early opening. 

(Although, tbh if the park would let passholders do it, I would love to just walk the park during the off season if they could let us on certain days in a concentrated path.)

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
44 minutes ago, BB1 said:

(Although, tbh if the park would let passholders do it, I would love to just walk the park during the off season if they could let us on certain days in a concentrated path.)

I say when the next coaster gets built, they should do an offseason construction tour of it or maybe an off season winter tour like Winter Chill Out at Cedar Point. 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

If Kings Island were to get something between Haunt and Winterfest, I think it'll be what Carowinds did last season with their Peanuts Festival, though it wasn't very busy when we went last year on either day, Fury had an hour wait in the morning on that Sunday, but that was because they were only running one train due to a mechanical issue, and the third train was already off the track for the season, meanwhile Copperhead Strike, and Afterburn were walk on waits. 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
I say when the next coaster gets built, they should do an offseason construction tour of it or maybe an off season winter tour like Winter Chill Out at Cedar Point. 

Don’t hold your breath.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Link to post
Share on other sites

I think Soak City is underutilized during its respective off season. The park could host different events during the months that its not open. They could do the November idea like I mentioned earlier but they could also open themselves up to stuff in early spring before the park opens. The fact that its more detached from the park allows for them to be more independent and flexible when it comes to potentially hosting events.

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the money on the table is to find a way to stay open daily through Labor Day. Cedar Point has been (2020) excluded, very busy in the last two weeks of August, even mid week. The passholders renewal/new passes push helps with that, especially in the last 3 years with "buy now, get the rest of this year included" perks. People trying to get in one more summer trip or family activity, plus some schools in the surrounding areas starting later. With maybe 12-8 hours or similar, I think they'd do well. Could add a theme to make it more interesting. 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
On 9/16/2020 at 1:24 AM, SnakePlissken said:

Carowinds tried Nov last year and had some kinda peanuts theme. It worked so well they closed early several days and made people mad.

I had the misfortune of attending one of those days.   It was a Saturday with temps in the 50s and NO tain.   Around 2 PM they announced they were closing at 3.    One of the poorest experiences ever at a park.   

But that’s what happens with cheap season passes.  The parks don’t care if they upset the customers because they know they will come back with their pass.   And if the park has mainly season pass holders in attendance, they Can close early because they already have the money they will get from them.  
 

Thsy one experience makes me now view Carowinds as being poorly managed like a Six Flags Park.  

  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
On 9/19/2020 at 3:13 AM, super7 said:

Thsy one experience makes me now view Carowinds as being poorly managed like a Six Flags Park.  

I don’t know about that. I was going to Six Flags over Georgia they closed the park for the day after it stopped rain at 7am and the park opened at 10 am.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...