Published: July 24, 2006 at 10:26 PMI saw this one coming a mile away. Let the cost cutting begin.
In all honesty though, last year's Winterfest was a disappointment. It didn't get nearly the attendance it had in the late 80's, so I suppose there is a pretty valid reason to cancel. The event was gone for 15 years, and they probably figured (as I did) that the nostalgia would bring a lot of visitors back and unfortunately that just didn't happen. In Winterfest's defense, the 2005 version wasn't quite what I recall from my childhood. I remember a lot more lights and a little more magic to the event back in the day. Paramount just didn't give the event the attention it needed to be great.
Obviously the reason for cancellation is Cedar Fair. They want to get profit up at the Paramount Parks, and anything not really making any profit is on the block. They had zero success with winter celebrations at their parks in the past, so naturally they would balk at attempting Winterfest. I'm not sure I necessarily agree with this step, because a well run winter event can do a park good, but I do understand why they would make the decision at this time. Perhaps this decision will enable them to sink a little more into Fearfest, which has been packing the place and raking in the money every year for quite a while.
Published: July 25, 2006 at 5:29 AMI remember back in the day Cedar Point had "Christmas in the Park", which was fun to do, but like Winterfest, it just didn't bring in the people, so it was cancelled. What we also have to remember though about the merger is the difference in how the parks are managed and run in the first place. Cedar Fair would much rather have 10 people in the park spending $100, while Paramount would rather have 100 people in the park spending $10.
Cedar Fair is an expert at getting the people who are in the parks to spend money. Last year Kings Island pulled in more people, but Cedar Point brought in almost double the revenue King's Island made (http://www.thepointol.com/news/2006/103.html). Its not just the fact that no one showed up to Winterfest, its the fact that the people who did show up didn't spend any money.
Published: July 25, 2006 at 9:12 AMCarowinds has cancelled theirs as well.
Published: July 25, 2006 at 9:36 AMIsnt it kind of torturous anyway to go to a big park like KI or CP and not be able to hit any coasters?