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  1. I guess now we know why Tower Gardens is temporarily closed. Although the description on the KI website is fairly generic at this point. Doesn`t describe pricing, what food and wine will be available or what entertainment. This event is only going to occur Friday through Sunday.
  2. I concur. The area of Camp Snoopy at Carowinds has tons of shade and trees. And the fact they they have a nice fountain with lots of places to sit and pergolas by where the Carousel used to sit (before they moved it over by Vortex). I was really impressed by the theme and feel of Carowinds`s Camp Snoopy. I wish our area had more of that feel. This is a start, but there is more work to be done.
  3. Interesting. While the improvements in Tower Gardens were nice, it still seems like an underutilized area of the park. Hopefully they do not destroy the charm of this area, and it is just for a special event. If it was closer to Grand Carnivale, I could see them bringing in some food trucks to that area. But that area is not really big enough for that. Time will tell.
  4. If I had to guess, the new scanners will also allow them to collect data. For example, when are people using their Fastlane and on what attractions. How soon after purchasing a single use FastLane are they being redeemed? I am sure they can collect a lot more data than the old system, which relied on the operators to put check marks on a sheet of paper. This new system also allows for real time data.
  5. Just curios, do you have any other season pass add ons? Going with the family to Carowinds tomorrow and Friday.
  6. It is on my list of things to do. Having four kids has made my time somewhat limited. And since they ditched the rides, and now are closing, haven`t had much interest in updating it.
  7. To be fair, Brenda Walker had handed over most control of the park to her son, Ron Walker Junior, who I believe resided in Florida and had little emotional attachment or interest in the park. He was simply looking to cash out. He sold the sister company (Leisure Systems, Inc. (the licensor of the Jellystone Campgrounds) to Sun Outdoors in December of 2021. https://moderncampground.com/usa/breaking-news-sun-outdoors-acquires-leisure-systems-incorporated/) His father had originally purchased the park to keep it open and a going concern. I do like how they are trying to distance themselves from shutting down the park and make it look like they are not the ones to close Coney that it was previous ownership. The writing was on the wall when they decided to remove the rides at the end of the 2019 season. Lack of investment and silly business decisions doomed their success.
  8. Good line up. Although I am a little bummed that The Beast or Flight of Fear didn`t make the list.
  9. Bill Balfour, the general manager at Entertrainment Junction, used to work at Kings Island. As a fellow model railroad enthusiast, I was saddened to hear this news. Hopefully, someone with the money steps up and preserves this institution. It is a wonderful place. Although I wonder how much growth it can have in the future.
  10. Well, at least Moonlite Gardens might be saved... Still ashame that the pool will be demolished. I still miss working in the rides department there... Such a shame that the previous owners let it deteriorate... If only Ron Walker hadn`t passed away in 1997...
  11. I think they were hoping to see a decent ROI. And with the current state of trying to keep margins high by reducing seasonal labor, this was a likely victim. Heck, look at KI. The train used to stay open until the park closed in the peak summer months. Now they have been closing it shortly after the water park is cleared of guests. The average guest will definitely see the cost cutting moves and attempts to save on labor. How long before they decide to strip out more than bare minimum checking restraints on coasters, which would increase dispatch times, causing longer lines and entice more people to purchase Fastlane, which would bolster their margins? Disney has done similar things, decreasing ride capacity to increase wait times to artificially inflate the demand for Lightning Lane and Genie Plus.
  12. In the past, when they have had pass holder preview days on Friday, they were from 5-10pm. So 4-9pm isn`t out of the norm for preview days.
  13. I think that if the merger doesn`t go through, they have to pay Cedar Fair a termination fee. They also have to get the deal approved by the regulators, which given the scrutiny that current mergers are going through (Re: Kroger and Albertson`s), that is far from a done deal. I just wish we would stop seeing Cedar Fair cutting budgets/hours/experiences. Eventually, the park guests will realize how many things are being cut. It is akin to shrinkflation in the consumer packaged goods arena.. Keeping prices the same, but getting less product for the same price.
  14. What the ownership did to Coney still makes me sad. It had so much potential, and was terribly mismanaged by the ownership that eventually sold it to the CSO. When they removed the rides at the end of the 2019 season, that was the beginning of the end. They didn`t really invest much into the place after that point. I still miss working in the rides department there terribly. I know several of the full time staff that was laid off with the sale of the park. The concession stands at Riverbend that used to be run by Coney employees are now being run by MEMI`s vendor company. I shutter to think what the parking situation will be on the first sold out concert. Coney`s parking employees had the handling of traffic and parking down to a tee. The whole situation is sad. I don`t know why they could not continue to co-exist.
  15. Yes, but they are advertising it is similar benefit to the former Platinum Pass, which had been around for years. I don`t know why they felt the need to switch a system, that most employees had down pat. Just wait until next year, provided the Six Flags merger goes through. Then we will have all kinds of quirks, I am sure with the season pass program.
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