Ok maybe not up north, but I bet we'll be seeing Christmas events at Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Six Flags America, Dorney Park, and Six Flags Great Adventure in the future. And that's just the east coast.
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^^ When they brought it back after 13 years in 2005, attendance was not as high as it was back in the 80's. I assume Cedar Fair cut their losses and discontinued it after the Paramount buyout for a good reason. Dick may or may have not been involved with the cancellation of it. Anyways, SFOG seems to have mild enough winters (with the exception of this year) to where this event is great for the park.
Six Flags America has a park slightly to the north (Hershey) and slightly to the south (Busch Gardens) which each offer a winter event, so it isn't a matter of temperature. However, Six Flags America has little (if anything) to have open (ride wise) for a winter event and even their number of enclosed venues for shows and whatnot is highly limited. They'd really have to go all out on the lights and decorations to have something that people would come to see, but when you see what Busch Gardens does, even that would be a tough task.
Not surprising to finally see SFOG extend their season. It's an easy way to keep the revenue rolling for a longer period and get the most out of the park's assets. I would love to see them do some sort of winter themed Monster Mansion.
CPSFMMCW wrote:I think eventually we'll see it at all six flags parks. The way I look at this is that its like halloween haunt. It first started small, then caught on, and now every park does it. I think in a couple years it will be the norm at every park. Even Cedar Fair parks. Now, some of the coaster may not be operating at some of those parks, but still. I look forward for that day to come!
I doubt that the parks up north will do it, like SFGAm, where the average high for December is 34 degrees.
This is exactly why Winterfest at Kings Island is a thing of the past. Can't imagine trying to bear Lake Erie at CP with the cold weather and terrible wind from the lake.
I visited Kings Island's Winterfest once. It certainly lived up to its name.
dstephe9 wrote:That's good I did read where last year the 2013 passes in Texas included it. I had also read that in Texas they did it like Dollywood and if u purchases a pass during the Christmas event it was good during the 2014 season, so this year as well.
Dunno if they will do that here in GA but a good idea if they do especially for people who don't have a pass by then
SFOG has done that for fright fest in the past - buy a pass during FF and get it for the next year so I would expect they would do the same thing for the christmas event. Only makes sense. Get people locked in early.
Koasterking48 wrote:^^ When they brought it back after 13 years in 2005, attendance was not as high as it was back in the 80's. I assume Cedar Fair cut their losses and discontinued it after the Paramount buyout for a good reason. Dick may or may have not been involved with the cancellation of it. Anyways, SFOG seems to have mild enough winters (with the exception of this year) to where this event is great for the park.
You also have to look at competition in the areas as well. Stone Mountain which is more on the nature side then the attraction side but has some attractions has done a lot the past few years in terms of doing a great Christmas event in addition to "snow mountain" for tubing. So there may be an element of "if they can do something in the winter, why can't we?" as well. Even beyond Stone Mountain, lots of places around Atlanta do cool holiday events and so there is no reason for Six Flags not to try to cash in on that too.
Now the question I have in that Fright Fest ends at end of October and this is starting toward end of November. Are they going to stay open on weekend during that time or just shut down for the weeks between end of fright fest and start of holiday in the park? I seems it would be better to just stay open even while redecorating but with six flags you never know.
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