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Park opens all year around?

Postby pkd freak » Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:18 pm

I'm not sure if this topic has already been brought,
I'm sure it has... but I haven't seen it.

How do you guys feel about parks thats open all year around?

Far as me, I would hate for my home park(KD) to open all year around, nothing to look foward to, IMO. I love the intisapation and suspense
on off season till the end of march, I run to the park opening day.
Like I wonder how the guys at SFMM, Univeral, etc.
feels about this.

Another thing, I always wondered about..
How do they progress with rehab, new attractions, etc.
Are certain attractions taken out, certain parts of the month.
This topic really has my mind blown, lol.
I know its possible, because it happens.
I just want to know how.
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Postby YoshiFan » Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:39 pm

Yes, I hate the offseason and would love to go to my local parks all year. I don't care how cold it is. I rode Steel Force last weekend when it was 42 out and it was cold but I still went back for another ride and would even ride in the 30's. All you need is a warm coat, a sweatshirt, jeans, gloves and maybe a hat and you are all set.

Hershey is less than 2 hours away from me and they are open in December but it's almost all kiddie rides and some flats, no coasters open. It's a nice way to break up the offseason but it is like torture being in the park seeing all the coasters and not being able to ride them.

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Postby ECZenith » Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:44 pm

My homepark, and workplace is open year round. Attractions close typically in the off season for scheduled maintenance. It's a small world, for example has been closed since January for a massive rehab but will open just in time for the holiday season. Haunted Mansion closes at the end of the summer when the season is dying down for its scheduled maintenance and yearly Nightmare Before Xmas theming.

My ride never seems to get extensive refurbs but I'm sure one is on the way.
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Postby Jakizle » Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:51 pm

It's been interesting to watch Six Flags Fiesta Texas expand their schedule over the last 2 years...in which they gone from a March to October operating schedule to where the only month in which the park doesn't have an operating day is February.

Because of that, the rides have had decreased operations to help rehab everything. For example Boomerang was closed for September for rehab on its train, and most of the coasters that will be open for HIP are only running 1 train so the others can be worked on. The sections closed during HIP will obviously be worked on then. Also, they have already put up construction fences, as they have to work on new additions while the park is open, as the off-season isn't long enough to complete whatever work is needed.

I think having almost 2 months off is just about right...it's a nice break but doesn't last too long. It would be nice to have year-round operations so I can always get a coaster fix, but it's not that big of a deal. Wouldn't surprise me if it happens, though.

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Postby Pufferfish » Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:55 pm

I can't stand the off season. I love being able to watch everything being built for the new year in person. Also I hate having to be re hired every year. Actually we used to stay open later in the season when paramount still owned us, and we could still do it if cedar fair wanted to. It's fun to ride Afterburn in 30 degree weather.
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Re: Park opens all year around?

Postby cathyJ » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:02 pm

pkd freak wrote:Far as me, I would hate for my home park(KD) to open all year around, nothing to look foward to, IMO


Even if they really wanted too I don't think KD ( or BGE ) could be open year-round thanks to Virginia's Blue Laws.

A few years back I was listening to a local radio talk out of Harrisonburg, VA ( WSVA-AM 550 ) and the host was talking about Virginia's various Blue Laws that were still on the books in the state and one of them they mentioned was the one that required amusement parks to be closed in December and January. Why that is I have no idea.

I do know that back in the 1970's ( and I am sure it was the case before then as well ) in Virginia carnivals were NOT allowed to be open on Sundays. Of course this law didn't apply to amusement parks like KD, BGE or even the long defunct parks like Ocean View, Buckroe or even Lakeside in the Roanoke area. I also believe the law didn't apply to the State Fair either.

However one Virginia amusement park that wasn't allowed to open on Sundays was the now defunct Virginia Beach park Seaside. Reason being ( my guess ) was that Virginia considered that park nothing more than a carnival. Since Seaside didn't have a coaster and the rides were just standard carnival rides ( Ferris Wheel, Tilt-A-Whril, Scramber..etc..) I can see how that "no Sunday" rule applied to them. However sometime in the late 70s either that Blue Law was either dropped or simply not enforced as Seaside started to open on Sundays and it became more common place to see carnivals open on Sundays. Again the purpose of all of this..I have no idea.

But going back to KD & BGE, the "can't be open in December and January" law I am surprised that is still on the books unless it was dropped within the last five years. But then again if it is on the books, with as much power KD and BGE has I am sure they could change it but since they are already closed anyway I guess they look at it like "why bother?" anyway.

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Postby csikoth » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:04 pm

I kind of love the off season. I anticipate the opening of the new season like a kid would with christmas. With a park being open year round would take away the enjoyment of knowing summer is not far off. The weather up here in Cincinnati gets pretty cold in Jan and Feb.

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Postby YoshiFan » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:07 pm

I don't think that law applies anymore, I was reading that BGE is considering opening in December 2009
http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/Fo ... wtopic=364

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Postby Holtskee » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:12 pm

The smaller parks need time off for maintenance and upkeep...they don't have the 24-7 workforce of Disney or Universal. Plus a lot of parks couldn't stay open year-round due to cold weather.

Dollywood lacks about two months from being open year round now, but as a result the rides have started having more downtime during the operating season since there's not enough time to work on them when the park is closed. This year like 5 of the major rides weren't ready to go on opening day, plus the park hadn't had a chance to landscape the areas around the new walkway.

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Postby cathyJ » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:41 pm

YoshiFan wrote:I don't think that law applies anymore, I was reading that BGE is considering opening in December 2009
http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/Fo ... wtopic=364


Even if that law was still on the books I highly doubt it would be enforced at all. With the way the economy is and with state budgets being as tight as it is , it would be very very foolish on Virginia's part to say to BGE ( or KD for that matter ) "..sorry but you can't be open".

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