$250 for a one-day Six Flags ticket? Yes, if you go VIP
Written by Robert Niles
One of the recent trends in the theme park industry has been the addition of VIP programs, extra amenities that parks offer guests who are willing to pay extra for frills. Disney's long offered guided tours at its parks. Universal Studio Hollywood offers a hosted tour, with front of the line access. And the SeaWorld parks offer animal encounters, under the watchful eye of park trainers.Tweet
But Six Flags now is trying to out-do them all. The amusement park chain has announced a VIP ticket program that includes a slew of amentities for guests with extra cash to spend.
The cost? $249 per person, plus tax, at Magic Mountain, Great Adventure, Great America and Discovery Kingdom. $199 per person everywhere else.
The upshot of all this is that, for a thousand bucks, a family of four gets to do exactly what everyone in the family wants to do, without waiting for any of it.
I've been pricing a summer vacation up to the Bay Area this year, and after looking at $200-$300 nightly hotel rates in the tourist areas, a $250 theme park ticket no longer seems bizarre to me. Especially with all that's included here. (I can envision plenty of parents tempted by the thought of buying their elementary-aged son some one-on-one time with Batman and Superman, too.)
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