See, charging the group rate of $30 per person plus another $5 to walk through the actual exhibit absolutely will not draw any school field trips. Plus schools usually like to stay at the park until 4-6 o'clock which really messes with bus schedules and is a pain for parents. Almost all schools save their VF visit for the last day of the year as an incentive for students, and this will draw them for another visit.
They make much more revenue offering the $8 standalone DA ticket for school groups, than without it.
triggernel wrote:See, charging the group rate of $30 per person plus another $5 to walk through the actual exhibit absolutely will not draw any school field trips. Plus schools usually like to stay at the park until 4-6 o'clock which really messes with bus schedules and is a pain for parents. Almost all schools save their VF visit for the last day of the year as an incentive for students, and this will draw them for another visit.
Having this exhibit will definitely draw some more school field trips. I have seen quite a few school groups at the park with not only physics packets but other work they have to do while at the park. With Dinosaurs Alive this gives the teachers another subject to work with. I am sure the park will work with the schools to offer a different group rate that will also add Dinosaurs Alive to their ticket.
As far as the Picnic Grounds I love the idea. This definitely frees up the dining Patio area for future Waterpark expansion. Plus the area they are going to put this is giant and will have a lot more room for groups as well as added revenue though the catering service.
I look forward to seeing everything completed. The park is definitely preparing itself for a major investment down the road as well as upgrading its image as a whole. I see good things in these next few years for the park!
Valleyfair announces the biggest thing to walk the face of the Earth in a nearly five-acre attraction located near the front gate, plus an all-new catering area to better serve our Guests within the Park.
Visitors to Valleyfair will now have an opportunity to step back in time with the addition of Dinosaurs Alive! A multi-sensory and interactive dinosaur park that will allow Guests to experience the sights and sounds of over 30 life-sized animated dinosaurs. Each dinosaur is made to replicate nearly every feature of the mammoth creatures that once roamed the Earth 120-million years ago.
The seven main scenes found along a 2,837-foot long path spread over nearly five (5) wooded acres tell a compelling story of what the dinosaurs ate, when and where they lived, how they protected themselves and adapted to their world.
The highlight of Dinosaurs Alive! is the Ruyanogosaurus, standing at over 39-feet tall, 72-feet long and 11.5-feet wide Other animatronic dinosaurs include; Tyrannosaurs Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus.
Some of the dinosaurs have interactive consoles which allow Guests to guide the dinosaurs’ movements. Other highlights include a children’s paleontological dig site where kids can uncover prehistoric fossils and a dinosaur-themed gift shop.
“Dinosaurs Alive! Is a perfect addition to Valleyfair’s extensive list of rides and attractions that are suitable for all ages”, Valleyfair Vice President and General Manager Dave Frazier said. “These life-like dinosaurs will bring science and technology together to not only entertain but educate our Guests.”
With the addition of Dinosaurs Alive!, Valleyfair’s catering will be relocated to the area currently occupied by Adventure Golf. This three-acre expansion will provide all-new catering facilities, picnic pavilions and amenities to accommodate groups.
“Valleyfair is excited about the opportunity to better serve our Guests”, says Robin Stinnett, Director of Marketing and Group Sales, “This new catering facility is located in an area that will allow easier access for our Guests to stay within the fun atmosphere of the Park.”
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
The Dinosaurs themselves have already been delivered and installed. You can see them while walking past the attraction. I have also heard that Mini Golf is going to finally see demolition starting next week.
Dinosaurs Alive is pretty small as far as expansions go. It wouldn't be unrealistic to think we can finally get that B&M Invert,Floorless,Standing,Wingrider, Dive, or whatever coaster that many including myself have been hoping for in 2014. The park is very due for a major new ride. Then again, we've been due for a major new ride for a while...
^ Don’t expect that for 2014. I have heard there are other plans for 2014 that does not include a new ride. (Yet again…) As far as a new coaster goes I think we are looking at more of a 2015-2016 opening if anything.
What possible plans for 2014 have you heard? I heard they were looking to do something to the path between steel venom/challenge park and the rest of the park. This was from some Q&A someone had with valleyfair higher ups months back. I think it was coaster craze or something.
I'd be pretty happy if they added good flat rides to that area. Windseeker (as long as it's not SBNO) and a giant Frisbee like MaxAir at CP would be welcome additions. I'm sure there are other smaller flats that could work too.
I really want to see something get done with the amphitheater site. That thing has been standing around unused for years now. I'd much rather see it get ripped down and turned into something else than upgraded and available for concerts. Then there are the Go-Kart tracks which are possible to get removed. If those are gone then Challenge Park will get reduced to just being Ripcord.
TBH, a B&M invert would be pretty outdated whenever it is installed. I'd welcome it like I would anything else new, but I would much prefer any other type of B&M.
I've always really wanted to see a Giant Inverted Boomerang on the amphitheater site. I've always heard better things about GIBs than most B&M Inverts. At least a GIB looks like it'd be better than Silver Bullet at Knotts or Patriot at WoF. I think it would look really cool there standing among Wild Thing and Steel Venom.
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