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No, for BGT and SWO, the websites were more clear, and they mentioned that Platinum benefits were only offered to the Florida parks for the Florida platinum pass (but you get free admission at the other parks). It was just wasn't that explicit for the San Antonio website. I was hoping that its just very rare for people to fly all the way to Texas just to scan in, so they were hoping people would. If there's no parking and guest passes for the FL parks, I may just pay the $360, because paying $25 a trip would get pretty expensive, and I like having the passes to encourage new people to come out with me.

 

I meant the difference between a FL resident buying a pass at BGT/SWO and a non-resident buying a pass from BGT/SWO.

 

Kinda pointless to keep speculating. I just shot them a quick email. I'll report back.

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No, for BGT and SWO, the websites were more clear, and they mentioned that Platinum benefits were only offered to the Florida parks for the Florida platinum pass (but you get free admission at the other parks). It was just wasn't that explicit for the San Antonio website. I was hoping that its just very rare for people to fly all the way to Texas just to scan in, so they were hoping people would. If there's no parking and guest passes for the FL parks, I may just pay the $360, because paying $25 a trip would get pretty expensive, and I like having the passes to encourage new people to come out with me.

 

I meant the difference between a FL resident buying a pass at BGT/SWO and a non-resident buying a pass from BGT/SWO.

 

Kinda pointless to keep speculating. I just shot them a quick email. I'll report back.

 

Smartest thing I've read from everybody all day. I appreciate the intel you're gathering for me from the email. I have until October to decide anyway, that's when my SWO/BGT silver expires.

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Now, wasn't that easier? Another quick response. And a great answer!

 

2:28 PM (55 minutes ago)

Hi, Does my SeaWorld San Antonio platinum pass include parking at other parks (BGW/SWO/BGT) or only those in Texas? Thanks, Roger Glenn

 

SWT Guest Correspondence

3:22 PM (0 minutes ago)

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Dear Mr. Glenn,

 

 

 

Greetings from SeaWorld San Antonio!

 

 

 

The Platinum passes include free general parking at the other SeaWorld Parks and Preferred Parking (if available) at the San Antonio Park.

 

 

 

Have a Whale of a Day!

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Irma Apaez

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Now, wasn't that easier? Another quick response. And a great answer!

 

2:28 PM (55 minutes ago)

Hi, Does my SeaWorld San Antonio platinum pass include parking at other parks (BGW/SWO/BGT) or only those in Texas? Thanks, Roger Glenn

 

SWT Guest Correspondence

3:22 PM (0 minutes ago)

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Dear Mr. Glenn,

 

 

 

Greetings from SeaWorld San Antonio!

 

 

 

The Platinum passes include free general parking at the other SeaWorld Parks and Preferred Parking (if available) at the San Antonio Park.

 

 

 

Have a Whale of a Day!

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Irma Apaez

 

Well, it didn't quite answer all of the questions. But I'll call in at some point later as its getting closer to when my Silver SWO/BGT pass expires. I wanted to know if I can use the two bring a friend for free passes and six 50% off tickets, but that might be better served with a phone call. I like phone calls anyway, because if you get them talking, sometimes they tell you more useful information or start giving you stuff for free.

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Well, it didn't quite answer all of the questions. But I'll call in at some point later as its getting closer to when my Silver SWO/BGT pass expires. I wanted to know if I can use the two bring a friend for free passes and six 50% off tickets, but that might be better served with a phone call. I like phone calls anyway, because if you get them talking, sometimes they tell you more useful information or start giving you stuff for free.

 

If you get the FL Platinum Pass, the free tickets and 50% off tickets are only usable at the FL parks. It's the same if you had a Platinum from SWSA which would only be good at that park. Parking and in-park discounts (food, merchandise, etc) are the main things included at every park. Most other perks are state/park specific.

 

https://seaworld.com/orlando/faq/current-pass-members/

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Well, it didn't quite answer all of the questions. But I'll call in at some point later as its getting closer to when my Silver SWO/BGT pass expires. I wanted to know if I can use the two bring a friend for free passes and six 50% off tickets, but that might be better served with a phone call. I like phone calls anyway, because if you get them talking, sometimes they tell you more useful information or start giving you stuff for free.

 

If you get the FL Platinum Pass, the free tickets and 50% off tickets are only usable at the FL parks. It's the same if you had a Platinum from SWSA which would only be good at that park. Parking and in-park discounts (food, merchandise, etc) are the main things included at every park. Most other perks are state/park specific.

 

https://seaworld.com/orlando/faq/current-pass-members/

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Thanks for the help buddy. I'm thinking it might just be worth the $360 to make sure I get my guest passes and preferred parking. The distance from general to the park for BGT is a beast!

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Thanks for the help buddy. I'm thinking it might just be worth the $360 to make sure I get my guest passes and preferred parking. The distance from general to the park for BGT is a beast!

 

I used Preferred parking at BGT once in 2007. It was a lot closer to the gate then than it is now. It seems they doubled the handicap and added stroller parking as well since then. I usually just park as close to tram stop 1 (generally get there at opening) because it's less walking than from the preferred area. Just have to ride the tram. There are exceptions of course, but 9/10 end up near a tram stop when parking...lol

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Thanks for the help buddy. I'm thinking it might just be worth the $360 to make sure I get my guest passes and preferred parking. The distance from general to the park for BGT is a beast!

 

I used Preferred parking at BGT once in 2007. It was a lot closer to the gate then than it is now. It seems they doubled the handicap and added stroller parking as well since then. I usually just park as close to tram stop 1 (generally get there at opening) because it's less walking than from the preferred area. Just have to ride the tram. There are exceptions of course, but 9/10 end up near a tram stop when parking...lol

 

One thing I was trying to scout out was to see if BGT had any bike racks, or a place to chain my bike up where they wouldn't get pissed. I didn't see any bike racks on a scouting the last time I went -- but I would love to put my bike in my car, park in the general lot, and zoom by all the people waiting for trams and walking on my bike, chain it down, and stroll into the park.

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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.

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^Agreed. I have never reserved the preferred parking we get with our Diamond SF memberships. At SFFT, we parked closer to the entrance than the preferred lot was. I think the longest walks we've done were SFOG and Dollywood, and they weren't bad at all. We even skipped the tram at Dollywood just to get more steps.

 

I did 11 miles walking at Cedar Point in one day. My daughter and I did 12.5 in one day on our Texas trip. I tend to arrive at the park well before opening and have never had an issue. I often park near the back of parking lots just to get more exercise.

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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.

If I were to spend the entire day I'd get to the parking lot before opening anyway, the last time I was there it was literally a thirty-second walk from my car to the tram stop.

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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.

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Since there’s no official information or press release, I think it is safe for me to mention how the rumored 2020 wooden roller coaster got added to the roller coaster database overnight. There’s even pictures of the footers. No info is available on the manufacturer. My best guess would be a GCI, but a GG is also likely.

 

https://rcdb.com/17278.htm

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GCI and Gravity Group both make excellent wooden coasters, so I don't think Seaworld can go wrong with either. This will be a nice addition. Texas can use a nice good wooden roller coaster!

 

I am still in shock that Seaworld is adding a major roller coaster to each of their 5 big parks next year.

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Wow, that's certainly vibrant.

 

It's really weird looking but I kind of like it.

 

it's like year round Mardi Gras coaster.

 

(maybe SW just bought the paint in bulk for Apollo at BGW, and had leftovers?)

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So apparently this was announced. I haven't seen any details on their website nor have a received a press release about it yet...

 

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I've seen some photos online of the lift being erected already. I'm guessing it's Gravity Group judging by the (what I assume is) the straight first drop in that short POV and the metal support structure, but it'll be nice to get some more details from the park.

 

I was thinking this would be more of a smaller wood coaster like InvadR, but if it's the tallest wood coaster in Texas it needs to top Boardwalk Bullet (96 ft).

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