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Why coasters boost attendance at some parks but not at other

Postby Stealth1 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:14 am

After hearing rumours that the CGA expansion is delayed cause the RMC raptor didn't boost attendance like they hoped. Got me to wondering why some parks coasters draw people to the park but at other parks it fails to bring in many people.

I have heard that Kings Island didn't get much of a boost for Mystic Timbers or Banshee. Look at Cedar Point, they add in one of the best coasters in Steel Vengeance, and it didn't do much to draw people in.

Then you look at a park like Wonderland and Leviathan boosting attendance. Carowinds had a big boost after adding Fury 325.

Why is it that coasters draw at some parks but not at others?

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Re: Why coasters boost attendance at some parks but not at o

Postby theymitbgi » Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:35 am

I would think that there is really one main reason and that is that some parks have built in "guaranteed" attendance. I know this sounds kinda strange but let me try to explain this. Cedar Point has a huge attendance to start with, so any gain in attendance is just going to show up as a small blip on overall attendance. people are going to attend Cedar Point with its current lineup one way or another. They could add a 500 foot tall 37 loop coaster and still just see a small gain in attendance. I think the "destination" parks would fall into this category. Another reason is that some parks in a large metro areas such Six Flags Great America already have a built in attendance simply due to the population base in the area.

I think a new large installation would benefit a "smaller" park such as the ones you mentioned more, simply because their attendance is lower to start with.

Last point to consider is that while enthusiasts may be overly excited for a new installation, it may just fall flat for the GP. Since enthusiasts are just a small percentage of the overall population, once again, it doesn't affect overall attendance much.

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Postby coasterbill » Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:35 am

I've started to type a response like 3 times, deleted it all 3 times and I've just decided that I don't know where to begin with this and I'm just not doing this today. :lol:

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Re: Why coasters boost attendance at some parks but not at o

Postby SoCalJasonland » Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:41 am

Your second paragraph centers around Ohio. That area of the country is still losing factory jobs to automation and foreign countries, so the economy isn't as strong as other areas of the country.

As far as CGA, I live in So Cal and planned to visit one day on my CF Platinum Pass. Unfortunately, that one good ride hasn't convinced me to spend the money on travel if the rest of the part is substandard to Knott's or SFMM in So Cal. That park was neglected far too long when they were considering closing it.
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Re: Why coasters boost attendance at some parks but not at o

Postby sfkk » Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:10 am

Keep in mind that the year Kings Island installed Banshee was also the same year that Kentucky Kingdom had its grand reopening, which drew over 600,000 visitors that season. Many of those guests in Louisville might have opted to go to Kings Island instead had Kentucky Kingdom not been a closer and more affordable option with a new coaster of their own, potentially being a contributing factor to the relatively flat year-over-year attendance at Kings Island that season. Not the whole story by any means, but just a theory I thought I would throw out there. As for Mystic Timbers, I think it is just really hard to successfully market a traditional gimicless wooden coaster in the modern age and create enough buzz.

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Postby grsupercity » Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:31 am

I would also think marketing would play a big key.
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Re: Why coasters boost attendance at some parks but not at o

Postby Stealth1 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:32 am


Last point to consider is that while enthusiasts may be overly excited for a new installation, it may just fall flat for the GP. Since enthusiasts are just a small percentage of the overall population, once again, it doesn't affect overall attendance much.


I see what you are saying. Valravn seemed to have been a bigger draw then Steel Vengeance is in its opening season. Maybe it's too intense for the GP

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Postby Jew » Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:53 am

I hate questions like these, because there are SO MANY variables involved. There's no way to directly answer it. Marketing, competition, local major events, local competition for entertainment dollars, pricing, ticket options, etc. ALL factor into how a park will do regardless of whether there is a new ride or not.
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Re: Why coasters boost attendance at some parks but not at o

Postby grsupercity » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:30 am

Stealth1 wrote:

Last point to consider is that while enthusiasts may be overly excited for a new installation, it may just fall flat for the GP. Since enthusiasts are just a small percentage of the overall population, once again, it doesn't affect overall attendance much.


I see what you are saying. Valravn seemed to have been a bigger draw then Steel Vengeance is in its opening season. Maybe it's too intense for the GP


Hasn't Steel Vengeance averaged like a 3 hour line? Valravn sure didnt
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Re: Why coasters boost attendance at some parks but not at o

Postby 805Andrew » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:34 am

Stealth1 wrote:After hearing rumours that the CGA expansion is delayed cause the RMC raptor didn't boost attendance like they hoped. Got me to wondering why some parks coasters draw people to the park but at other parks it fails to bring in many people.


I had a Cedar Fair Platinum Pass last year and went to CGA several times and it was the most people I'd ever seen there on all my visits there so I don't know what you're talking about. What are your stats that say that CGA or these other parks didn't see an increase in attendance?
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