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jazma

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  1. Not like Knott’s. More like the other Winterfest events. Maybe Gold striker and Railblazer open only coaster wise and lots of kiddie rides and a Planet Snoopy.
  2. I think it's all in the eye of the beholder. I thought the city proper has less than 200 K, and the overall area is less than 2.5 million. I understand they draw some people from Nebraska, Oklahoma and surrounding states but to me less than three million is small, and explains why the park only draws less than 1 million annually. I think it's a great park, it just can't draw like larger areas like in California, Florida, etc., unless something changes to make the area a big growth area (like what happened in Charlotte), OR more of a tourism market.
  3. I think if you cut down on the Winterfest characters, it could be a viable return to WOF and a new addition to VF. I hope so anyways.
  4. I think too you have to look at it as they were looking at regional markets to grow in, and MSP fit the bill, as did Charlotte. The most likely additions, I think, at VF are a return of ValleyScare someday, a hotel or campground to drive incremental revenue, and trying to extend the season with some type of Winter event, since its working great in Toronto/Vaughn.
  5. Interesting, Gary. I can tell you a few things: they are already back on a "something new for every park every year" kick, so that changed. You can see that in the latest Investor reports just out. Also, a few months back they said they were looking at a Winterfest-lite for the other parks, which presumably means a return to WOF, and VF, something at the CP hotels, possibly Schlitterbahn, since every other park has something already. Leaving Mia off the list since they don't even have Halloween....
  6. ^^ I don't recall that at all. I recall at one time they were trying to sell off WoF and VF, but there were no takers. Carowinds is completely different. The investment, as I recall, was between KD and CAR and the city (Charlotte) gave some sort of tax incentives for CAR so that sealed the deal. That is why all the investment in Carowinds, so you can't really compare the two. Also, Charlotte as a city and surrounding area, such as Fort Mill, SC, have exploded in development in recent years, so I am sure that also helped. VF, WOF and MiA are the smaller tier properties, in attendance. Also, VF is lacking accommodations. It makes sense to invest in properties that have other growth vehicles, such as accommodations and other out of park revenue, or more year round ops. The fact that there is no Winterfest at WOF anymore, nor VF, says a lot I think. (And don't get me started on MiA, which doesn't even have a Haunt event.). Don't get me wrong, I love VF, but I think they need more ways to get revenue from guests, and a new ride is not going to be it. Also, for the record, they have long said they invest about 9% of revenue back in the park. If the park makes a lot of money, they have more 9% to invest in new attractions quicker, than a smaller park with a shorter season, and little ancillary revenue outlets.
  7. ^^ I don’t think that’s true anymore. About 2019, they started making announcements as part of a Cedar Fair press release all on the same day. That release came out yesterday. Knott’s used to notoriously wait until well last Labor Day, sometimes even into Haunt, to announce their next year plans, but they announced yesterday. It appears nothing of any consequence for Valleyfair! Next year.
  8. Personally, I always now stay in a cabin at Camp Wilderness Resort. They have a free shuttle. It's fairly quiet apart from the freight train at night, and the rooms usually are prices near what a hotel costs. I too used to stay at the Best Western in the parking lot, but far prefer the cabins at Camp Wilderness. Don't overlook this as its only on the other side of the park past where Volcano used to be.
  9. Looks like it’s over. https://s1.q4cdn.com/392447382/files/doc_news/SEAWORLD-ENTERTAINMENT-INC.-MAKES-STATEMENT-CONCERNING-CEDAR-FAIR-2022.pdf https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/seaworld-entertainment-inc-makes-statement-concerning-cedar-fair-301483201.html?fbclid=IwAR2SR8M6lnKTC9AG7H2BblMBIsGvMFRgBHxqMBAoIhNEkRIQEYh-k1mbECc
  10. That was a kitchen added for the picnic area back there. I believe they used to wheel chicken, etc. under the tunnel from the main central production area, and this eliminated that need.
  11. The hotel has actually been under renovation since the pandemic, much like the two Cedar Point properties. During the food festivals, you could see large dumpsters as they were throwing stuff out. So I think this is just a completion of that remodel. Also the lobby area was just redone in the last two years. I would love to be wrong and see them add on or something, but I fear this is more marketing than anything of the completion of something previously begun before the pandemic set in.
  12. The hotel has actually been under renovation since the pandemic, much like the two Cedar Point properties. During the food festivals, you could see large dumpsters as they were throwing stuff out. So I think this is just a completion of that remodel. Also the lobby area was just redone in the last two years. I would love to be wrong and see them add on or something, but I fear this is more marketing than anything of the completion of something previously begun before the pandemic set in.
  13. I didn’t see this posted, but WoF quietly shaved one hour from their park closings on weekends. Today, it appears the calendar was updated again with the amusement park closed two days a week and only OOF open. Bummer as I was going next week.
  14. They (Cedar Fair) do have mobile ordering this year. I used it at Johnny Rockets Friday at KBF. Also sounds like it will be expanded this season, based on comments on the conference call.
  15. I believe it’s about getting current on passes isn’t it? They already charged KI passholders. Now they will collect revenue for Carowinds and KD. It was mentioned on the conference call about expecting $10 million in passholder revenue in Q4.
  16. Nope not at all it sounds like. It was mentioned today on the earnings announcement.
  17. ^ They are already going to weekend only ops in a couple of weeks, and no fastlane for sale, so if you want to go mid week, you need to do that now.
  18. Grand Carnivale was definitely already scrapped for 2020. They (Cedar Fair) canceled all those events at all parks right when the shut downs first started. As I recall, I thought something was said that if seasonal parks can't open by July 15, they will not open in 2020, as they needed a certain amount of operating days to be worth their while.
  19. Also, I would suggest reviewing what is open before you plan....the original park, I think the part that uses the river water, is closed until further notice, so only part of the New Braunfels park is operational this summer. July lists TBD. Depending on how far you are traveling, this may affect you going.
  20. You can use your Platinum Pass, but the system has not yet been converted over to Cedar Fair's. Here is from their website: I have a Platinum Pass from another Cedar Fair Park - how do I make a reservation at Schlitterbahn? We are excited to host Platinum Passholders from one of our fellow Cedar Fair Parks. At Schlitterbahn our redemption process is a little different. When reservations are available, please fill out this form and we will help secure your reservation. Our team will work with you to try and accommodate your schedule, but will be based on reservation availability.
  21. I didn't have luck either, but I did read on their page somewhere that their systems have not been converted so you have to call or contact them. We were going to stay at the resort, and since they are only allowing one visit from pass holders, it seemed a way around it, if you are staying on site and willing to pay, is to pay a little more for the stay and play package that guarantees tickets each day you are in the resort, starting with the next day of the overnight stay (ie. Tuesday if you check in Monday.). In principal it doesn't seem we should have to pay, but on the other hand, to come all that way and only be allowed in once, I figured I should just pay the upcharge. It isn't very much and the rooms are relatively cheap from "usual" pricing.
  22. Several of the items are brand new, meant to be launched at this year's 2020 festival. The Cake Batter Cookies, the type of Beef Jerky chips, the hot sauce, salad dressing and licorice, are some of the brand new items. And I hear more is still to come on-line, so keep checking back.
  23. Knott’s on-line marketplace reopened today with several of the items that were intended to debut at the Boysenberry Festival.
  24. It's not the same Huss. That is a new company formed after the bankruptcy, I believe.
  25. It is generally crowded when schools are out of session. This week, many local high schools and the CSU system have the week off.
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