on February 1, 2006 at 12:48 PM
Generally they try and close earlier as its not a money maker staying open later.
When parks close later, normally the only people inside the park will be the ones who arrived prior to 3pm.
They see the hour they they close earlier as a way to cut back on staffing costs and overall running costs.
The final couple oif hours in parks are run at, I guess you could say, a loss to the park operator. This is why most restaurants, kiosks and sideshows close before the actual posted opening hours. The only thing that is of any benefit to the park in the final hours are the gift shops and most people will only purchase this upon exit.
on February 1, 2006 at 2:47 PM
Cedar Point is doing a similar thing this year as well. The park is now closing at 10PM on weekdays instead of 11PM. Cedar Point has been having budget problems this past year, and this is a major way to cut back on staffing. I doubt most people will notice a difference.
on February 2, 2006 at 6:31 AM
I don't think it's a big deal. I don't recall Kings Island opening it's rides until 10 AM. They opened the gates at 9 AM. They were mostly opened until 10 am on weekdays and 11 on weekends during peak summertime hours in July. The schedule varied by the month. I'm not sure about the other parks, but Kings Island was busy right up to close. With their attendance being as high as it is lately, I don't see the hours being cut too much because there isn't any real reason to cut them.
on February 2, 2006 at 8:37 AM
Hmmm. I checked PKI's 2006 online calendar again yesterday and today to verify a couple of things, and they've temporarily removed it from the website. Now it says "Check back soon for 2006 Operating Calendar". Maybe they've decided to make a few changes?