>October 3, 2003
>Amu***t Park Chain Ends Senior Discounts
> By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
> Filed at 9:54 a.m. ET
> PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Roller coasters that go upside down don't faze
> 66-year-old Olga Schmitt.
> What makes her scream is having to pay more for season passes to
> Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom now that the owners are eliminating
> senior discounts at their parks nationwide, bucking an industry trend
> of increased marketing toward seniors.
beat me to it)
Well, now *that* sucks. One of the few *good* things about aging is
the promise of that golden opportunity to jump on the "senior"
discount bandwagon and ride out the years on all those "big" savings
they give to doddering old fools. Seems Cedar Fair got wise to the
fact that the baby boomer multitudes have every intention to go out
the same way they came in: kicking and screaming, perhaps on one of
their B&M inverteds. (Sorry -- not *on* the coaster, heaven
forbid,... you know what I mean! :-) )
Besides the fact that I'm not *dead* (the alternative), can somebody
give me ONE good reason that I turned 50 this year?!? AARP, schmarp
-- long may Olga Schmitt "go upside down", unfazed.
Seriously, I hope CF rethinks this one, and that Six Flags and Busch
stick to their word about not eliminating senior discounts. It's
kinda nice to see entire, multi-generational families enjoy theme
parks without forcing grandma and grandpa to dip into the Rx funds to
tag along. In all likelihood, most people over 65 who *aren't*
coaster nuts probably don't ride more than the train, ferris wheel or
merry-go-round -- one time per trip. OK -- maybe they'll eat some
overpriced french fries while watching oh-so-talented Britany and
Justin wannabes "dance" to pop songs, or clap at some dolphins jumping
through hoops. But that's about it! Sheesh...
(Pre-emptive strike: Don't waste your time reminding me that senior
discounts, or any other perceived "perks" such as exit passes,
FastLanes, Q-bots, etc., aren't "fair" to the young, the poor or the
pure of heart. I'm not in the mood for it and I'm tired of the
Dana Schwartz ("We're not gonna take it! Never did and never will!"
Power to the Old People! ;-))
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