$250 for a one-day Six Flags ticket? Yes, if you go VIP
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.
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.Special parking space
Unlimited front of the line access
Reserved seating to all shows
A private meet and greet with Looney Tunes and Justice League characters of your choice. With photos
Visits to the adjacent Six Flags water and animal park
A private tour guide for the day, who will coordinate all of the above according to your interests.
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.)
A Six Flags VIP is an oxymoron. I doubt even the gangstra's who usually inhabit Six Flags parks will bite on that sucker's package.
With food and such, plus the fact that for a bigger park during the busy days you would need a two day pass to see everything. Plus you get all the perks.
I do not want to pay any more for a ticket than they already charge. And I already hate when a bunch of Q-bots get to jump in line ahead of me.
That really is something I see other parks picking up on...like Disney. Imagine if they did this? Good god...it would be a million dollars a person.
LoL, Mark says, "Six Flags VIP is an oxymoron."
Get a season pass at SF, which is usually pretty cheap. Dont go to the park on week ends, but go during the week early in the year and late in the year and you get most of the same benefits without shellling on the big bucks!!! Just tour the parks in a educated manner and this scam isnt needed.
In completely unrelated Six Flags news, Magic Mountain has been making some noticeable improvements lately. Ninja has received a new paint job, new paint has started going up around the park, Psyclone is totally GONE, Thrill Shot has FINALLY opened, and much more!
I'll give them an A for effort. There are a lot of parks doing this nowadays, but there is currently a small problem with Six Flags offering. The quality doesn't reflect the high price. Yeah the foods free...but is that really a deal? Yeah you can cut to the front of the line...but only if the ride's open right? When Six Flags fixes all of the operational problems and increases quality of experience, then they may see some sold packages. Keep in mind though that even the most reputable and successful parks in the business do this, and pretty much across the board, these packages aren't a large portion of revenue. The price is just too high for the vast majority of patrons.
Cedar Point has been doing this for the past two seasons, but only charging $350 per person for parties larger than four. It does not include as many perks, but when you factor in Cedar Point now has 17 coasters and is the best park on the planet, this is the only way to truly get everything done in one day. Last summer was the first year they actually promoted it and let people know it was available and it was extremely popular.
I personally think its a great idea!
Whew! This is kinda steep. For this kind of dough I want a behind the scenes tour, you know how the works work!
Interesting. That definetely ups the ante..
When we go on vacation, we don't go to "save money," in fact, we usually splurge. Last year we went to Disney World for 11 days and during that time we also went to Universal Studios Orlando. We "splurged" and bought the front of the line pass and got to do everything AT BOTH PARKS before the day ended. We planned on taking 1 full day at each park, but we didn't have to. It was awesome. Yes it sucks to watch the people passing you by but if you can afford it, why not? If it meant it'd save me time, especially with younger kids who sometimes tire out quickly, I'd do it at every park that offered it. To me, that alone is worth it. The experience was awesome at Universal Orlando.
It's the theme park business. If your gonna survive you gotta toss the dice once in awhile, no?
For something like Great America and Magic Mountain, I'd be tempted. I usually like to ride Raging Bull 10 times when I visit SFGA, so I'd certainly consider this option. But I wish it was $200 for season passholders or something like that to reward those who already attend their parks frequently.
I think it's great that Six Flags is trying to upgrade its
I THINK IT'S GREAT. ABOUT TIME THEY COME UP WITH SOMETHING LIKE THIS. IF YOU HAVE THE MONEY TO SPEND, WHY NOT? ANYTHING FOR THE YOUNG ONE'S. A CHILD'S SMILE AND LAUGHTER IS WORTH MORE. I WOULD DEFINITELY BUY IT FOR MY KIDS.
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