coasterbill wrote:We get preferred parking at Busch Gardens since it's free with our pass but it's also not a perk we really care about at most parks. The park is massive and you spend the entire day walking so we honestly don't care if we have to walk a little further to and from the car. In the grand scheme of things it's not a big deal.
Obviously there are exceptions (like for people using a wheelchair), but I never understood why people look at walking 5-10 minutes from the park entrance to the car as a big issue when once they're inside the park they're probably going to walk like 6-10 miles throughout the course of the day.
I'm not trying to start an argument, I just want someone to explain the thought process here because I never understood it.
For me personally, its not something I would necessarily pay significantly more for a la carte, but its something to consider as a perk, or in a parallel universe where amusement parks would only make the upcharge 5-10%. If I plan on using my Platinum pass 20-30 times between BGT/BGW/SWO/SWSA/various waterparks over a 365 day period, the indifference value that I put on a platinum pass per visit would be very low, if the total value was dividend by 20-30 visits. But sure, if its $25 for general, and $40 for preferred, I wouldn't dream of paying for the preferred.
And, a big reason for me personally:
I go to the FL parks a lot directly after work. When I'm not in a busy season at work, I work from 7-30-4, and can sneak out early if I need to sometimes. So if I'm trying to max the rest of the day, that tram ride over to the park can kill some of my available time. And if its cold enough I may want to just keep my work clothing on (especially when I go to Disney and the rides aren't as extreme) -- basically taking my suit jacket off and putting a sweater over my tie -- and walking in dress shoes is a pain. And conversely, if I am making rope drop and staying a long time, the extra walking compounds against the walking I do all day. With my experiences with Busch and Disney, I've just learned that its best to just take tram and not be a hero and try to walk it both ways.