I didn't get to go to my normal yearly trip to KD this year because of the price of Gas. I usually go with a bunch of friends, but we didn't want to pay the bus price. There were too many of us to drive, so we were shut down. I was REALLY looking up to Dominator, because the only floorless coaster I've ridden before that was Griffon, and Dominator also has the tallest loop in the world (I think). (Now, I've ridden Griffon and Hydra. Ask if you don't know where that is.)
So, please share your experiances that have either been foiled by gas, or just lost WAY too much money on gas this summer going to amusement parks.
We were supposed to be arranging a Florida trip next year, but thats looking less and less likely :(
1) A friend of mine just got back from SFSTL and said that while the new EK coaster is a good one, the park is still a pit;
2) High gas prices.
We have also canceled all trips for 2009 (which stinks cause we were going to hit Branson and Silver Dollar City again), in order to make sure we have enough money saved for our Orlando trip in May 2010.
I just hope gas prices will continue their recent downward trend....
airline prices are still very good
as the package tour we would get is extremely competitive.
Natural Gas, Electricity, Food and Car fuel are all going through the roof, they are the reason we have to cut back on vacations and other fun stuff
It cost around 40 bucks to fill my tank up last year, this year it has ranged from 50 to 65 bucks...depending on how bad they want to screw you that week. I get about 23-28 mpg, and about 300 miles on a tank, which will get me to at least a dozen major parks. Surely I can ditch the morning coffee or pack my lunch and save an extra 20 bucks during the week... or find a way to shave costs somewhere else in order to go to the park. If one is going a little further for an extended stay, consider this...all it takes is for your party to forego one of those nights of eating out (usually $50-$100 depending on the size of the party) to pretty much make up for that price increase in gas.
I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination, and I want gas to go down too, but I refuse to let the higher prices this year keep me from my rest, fun, and relaxation. It means too much to me. I guess I just find it odd that theme/amusement park enthusiasts would let a somewhat minimal amount of money get in the way of going to the park.
On the good note, at least the prices have been going down!
But, what are your thoughts on why gas has gone up so quickly? I say that the easy gas to get to, like that was right in front of us, is gone. Now, the oil companies have to dig deeper to get to the gasoline we need. What do you guys think?
Gas (Petrol) prices have risen so much because of speculators playing with the commodities markets, yes people who normally buy and sell other things to make a profit, have been playing with the fuel market, and with the credit crunch property has become less attractive.
in other words, rich fat cats have ruined my year.....again booooo.
now I am off to dream about owning a penthouse in the tower of terror! :)
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