And I think some Cedar Fair properties (like King's Island and King's Dominion) gave Gold and Platinum passholders better, but not necessarily premium spots.
But I won't intentionally pay extra for it. My philosophy is: you're going to be walking all day in a park. Does saving a few steps to get into or out of the park really matter? (It might if you've brought a picnic lunch, or you have small kids, but other than that...)
I'd never pay extra for premium parking (in fact, I wish I could pay less at Six Flags for "further out parking"), but I have enjoyed the benefit at the Busch parks. Wasn't anything special at Sea World Orlando, but the premium spaces at both Busch Gardens are much closer to the entrances (no tram necessary).
I don't have any kids, I'm just a coaster junkie. I appreciate getting a better parking spot, but I don't need it. I can walk; I wouldn't pay extra for it.
The passholder lot at Kings Island sits exactly 10 feet across the road from the premium parking section.
Now, we just did Kennywood for the first time, and both days we paid the 6 bucks for the premium parking, just so we didn't have to walk up the steep hill at the end of the day to the free parking. I know there seemed to be a bus tram, but we just figured it was cheap enough.
Now, if they had the ski lift working there, we might have skipped paying just to do the lift.
If it had been 10 bucks, I wouldn't have paid, but with 4 of us, paying an extra $1.50 a person to park right next to the entrance didn't seem like a problem.
However, if you come later in the day, you might be put in the regular parking
$15 for Regular$25 for Premium
Cheaper at Disney! (one of the few things! and Disney will come pick you up!)
Worst ever: Two, actually. Sick Flags Discovery Kingdom for one. They completely changed the front entry, and their shuttle "service" was a bad joke which did nothing more than add to an already-bad day, and strengthen my resolve never to set foot within ten miles of them again, ever.
The other one was the SF Zoo, about 20 years back. Don't ever try to drive there! Take public transit instead. You won't regret it.
At WDW, we prefer to stay on-property, but when we've had other accommodations and a rental car, we've been lucky enough to park in the AAA Diamond Parking lots at each of the four parks. I'm a AAA member, but even when we haven't booked our trip through AAA -- the only "official" way to get a Diamond Parking pass -- I've been able to find them on a certain online auction site. ;-) Shhhh -- don't tell!
Also, I'm someone who arrives at the park at least a half-hour before opening, and usually I go during down times in the season. Although I no longer live in Chicago, I had a season pass to Six Flags Great America for 2007 and 2008 (totally worth it for the free friend days, even though I only used the pass twice each season). Anyways, I would make the (what seemed like) three hour drive to Gurnee, and park in the very front of the regular pay lot. Also, I would usually go during the week at the end of May or the beginning of June, when there were only school groups at the park. I would usually have a great time at the park on these days, except for putting up with the school kids.