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LOL $40-50 dollars for 4 hour blocks. Man, I know I keep digging on this project, but they just make it too easy. Closed within a year, if it ever opens.

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I'm really intrigued to hear how opening weekend goes and how many rides are operational. If it sounds like a success, I'll head down a week or two after.

 

Edit- The site says Shredder, Shellraiser, and Nickelodeon Skyline Scream will be open on the 25th. No mention of Sandy's Blasting Bronco though. Link

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LOL $40-50 dollars for 4 hour blocks. Man, I know I keep digging on this project, but they just make it too easy. Closed within a year, if it ever opens.

I think you underestimate the market and how many people there are in the area that would be willing to pay that price. I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being even more than that once they transition out of previews.

 

I'm really intrigued to hear how opening weekend goes and how many rides are operational. If it sounds like a success, I'll head down a week or two after.

 

Edit- The site says Shredder, Shellraiser, and Nickelodeon Skyline Scream will be open on the 25th. No mention of Sandy's Blasting Bronco though. Link

I wouldn't take that as a hard fact of what and what will not be open. I still find it amazing that they don't have a legit website for the park set up as of yet. "Over 35 rides" -- yeah, but what are they? And what are the height requirements for said rides? With one of my kids clocking in at 44", until I can find that out, I'm a little hesitant to pull the trigger on any tickets for the place.

 

More than likely I won't even be in town on opening weekend so it's kind of a moot point, but if my plans for that weekend look like they're going to get rained out, I might pop over with the family and check it out. I'm really waiting for the waterpark to open up as well and make it a two-fer if I'm going to drive through that mess.

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Yeah, it’s insane to me that a theme park opening next week has no website or social media presence whatsoever.

 

As for what rides will be open, I have no clue. I wouldn’t take anything that they posted as gospel though. Maybe the entire park will be open but since we don’t know much of anything about what’s even there it’s hard to make any real guesses on that.

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LOL $40-50 dollars for 4 hour blocks. Man, I know I keep digging on this project, but they just make it too easy. Closed within a year, if it ever opens.

I think you underestimate the market and how many people there are in the area that would be willing to pay that price. I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being even more than that once they transition out of previews.

 

But what's their competition? Coney Island? $42 for an all-day wristband. Great Adventure? $58 for a day, $72 for the year.

 

Sorry, I just don't see the draw other than "open in the winter."

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LOL $40-50 dollars for 4 hour blocks. Man, I know I keep digging on this project, but they just make it too easy. Closed within a year, if it ever opens.

I think you underestimate the market and how many people there are in the area that would be willing to pay that price. I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being even more than that once they transition out of previews.

 

But what's their competition? Coney Island? $42 for an all-day wristband. Great Adventure? $58 for a day, $72 for the year.

 

Sorry, I just don't see the draw other than "open in the winter."

 

But that is like a huge draw. I think they'll do more than fine.

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It's $39 for a Casino Pier 2 hour time slot that doesn't include Go-Karts, Sky Ride, Skyscraper, SkyCoaster and that place sucks. Brit and I paid $21 (for both of us) to ride a log flume once at Morey's. I think Gale Force is like $15 for one ride.

 

It's a Jersey tourist trap just like those places. It's going to be expensive. I really don't know what people were expecting.

 

There may be deals for those places but there probably will be for this place too as time goes on. This is not going to be their complete list of pricing options for eternity.

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I became infinitely more excited for this after visiting Mall of America (even though that park will probably be better because Log Chute exists).

 

I agree the lack of Log Chute is a bummer, but if this park has the same type of appearance as MOA's and better coasters, it should be a great park.

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I can't recall anything else that so many locals openly hate and have disdain for in terms of a business/project like this one gets.

 

I think this whole thing needs more tourist support than local support to keep it open but I'm not sure how many people are going to use part of their NYC vacation to get on NJ transit to get there.

 

It's definitely going to be interesting to follow. I'll probably make it out to theme park and water park whenever that opens at some point but I really don't have any interest in anything else at the place.

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I really don't think that the bitching on social media is indicative of how this will actually be received. Everyone in this region has been mocking this disaster of a project for the better part of two decades and it's a hard habit to break but I honestly expect it to be massively successful.

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LOL $40-50 dollars for 4 hour blocks. Man, I know I keep digging on this project, but they just make it too easy. Closed within a year, if it ever opens.

I think you underestimate the market and how many people there are in the area that would be willing to pay that price. I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being even more than that once they transition out of previews.

 

But what's their competition? Coney Island? $42 for an all-day wristband. Great Adventure? $58 for a day, $72 for the year.

 

Sorry, I just don't see the draw other than "open in the winter."

 

For the first few years Luna Park was about $40 for 4 hours. The new hotness factor does carry a premium. They should charge higher to start out because there will be high demand in the beginning and higher prices will stop the place from being overrun and have a bunch of complainers online.

 

As far as the lack of promotion at this point, it is possible that American Dream is dropping the ball on this and not the theme park people. Either way someone is dropping the ball.

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LOL $40-50 dollars for 4 hour blocks. Man, I know I keep digging on this project, but they just make it too easy. Closed within a year, if it ever opens.

Is it just me, or does $10-12 an hour not seem like that much money for a park you're surely not going to be at for more than that amount of time? The park alone isn't the only attraction, so the prices have to compensate for that. You're not going to see Disney packed midways of people spending money in droves.

 

Although, I'll say that I'm new to this thread. Is the park financially independent of the mall? I suppose that would make somewhat of a difference.

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The website has been updated to now include parking rates. Compared to most amusement parks, the cost to park is quite reasonable. I see people who go to shop being angrier with this than theme park enthusiasts.

 

It's also good they will validate the parking on Event Day if you purchase a Nickelodeon Universe ticket.

 

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It also looks like opening day is completely sold out.

 

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I'll happily pay it to go to the amusement park, water park or ski slope but why would anyone go to this mall to shop when they could just go to Garden State Plaza, Bergen Outlets, Paramus Park or any of the other nearby malls where parking is free?

 

I don't care and it's not my problem but I see them expanding this parking validation policy pretty quickly.

 

PS: Pro Tip: If you've been in the garage for 7:59 exit the garage and immediately re-enter.

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^^ Dude, this is JERSEY we're talking about. Malls are part of the culture. I grew up in Monmouth County and had 5 malls within 10 minutes of my front door. The shopping portion doesn't exist out of a necessity for shopping options but simply to fit in.

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Can we just take a second to appreciate that a brand new theme park is opening in 2 days and has:

 

- No website

 

- No social media presence

 

- No listing of rides that they have

 

- No listing of the height requirements for the rides, so if a family buys tickets for $50 each for 4 hours they don't even know what they can ride for that $50 (not that they know what rides the park has anyway).

 

I'm rooting for this place but it feels very rushed despite being a 17-year-long project. The only information that we have is from the mall's website and social media pages (which have almost no information) or theme park fan sites. Friday should be interesting.

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