I wonder if they're adopting the Six Flags strategy of trying to aggressively grow their season pass base by making daily tickets almost laughably expensive in comparison (I guess I can't fault them). In terms of single day tickets, this is probably the most absurdly priced park in America not located at the beach or in a major "tourist trap" destination (especially when you include the parking price) when you consider what the park actually offers for that money (a half-day park with miserable operations and a small waterpark).
Converesely, the Season Pass is a tremendous deal and this makes it even more of a no-brainer. We live pretty close and almost bought one last year but I sort of lost that desire after we visited and found the park in such rough shape. For locals though, it's a good deal and the soda thing might be enough to steer people towards the pass who would have otherwise bought a day ticket. I guess time will tell.
All I want to say about this is if I lived where I once did (12 minutes door-to-door from LC) I wouldn't have a pass next year. My money would go to Six Flags and Quassy. That pains me to say it, but it's absolutely true.
Canobie Coaster wrote:And to get it you need to carry the obligatory park cups now.
Ugh. I usually get a season pass so being restricted to that doesn't hurt me (personally, I mean, I can see why it's a disappointment for so many others), but having to carry a giant cup around and find somewhere to put it on every ride, that pretty well ruins the whole package. I get that they want to cut down on waste, but...
Here are a few pics from Holiday Lights yesterday. Nothing really new was added but it's still a fun event and is popular with young kids and their families. I did notice that photos with Santa seem to be pretty expensive now ($25 was the lowest package I saw), was around $10 when it first started in 2012. The train was having issues in the cold (even though it wasn't even that cold) so I'm not sure how it is going to run later in the year. The train stalled out 8 times between the new boathouse and the end and took forever to get back.
I noticed that the free soda areas were indeed a haven for yellow jackets when we visited. And yes, there were many half cups of soda laying around the areas and spilled, sticky soda all over the ground with bees flying around everywhere. One sting to someone with a bee allergy whilst trying to inhale a gallon of Mountain Dew and there's your millions of dollars lawsuit.
Unfortunately this and the Skyride's removal is all due to our own "justice" system and of course, idiocracy by stupid people in general. I can understand why they are doing both and don't really see it as totally shocking at all.
The one train operation on BD though...I really don't get that given the coasters length and popularity. That line is just brutal to wait in even when it looks like it could practically be a walk-on. And this from someone that doesn't really see Ride Of Steel's one train operation at DL as that big of a deal.
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