AP article: "Amusement Park Chain Ends Senior Discounts"

AP article: "Amusement Park Chain Ends Senior Discounts"

Post by Dana Schwart » Sun, 05 Oct 2003 01:24:39



Quote:

>http://SportToday.org/***t-Parks-Seniors.html

>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.

(snipped the rest of the article; I was gonna post it, but Mr. Starr
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
whining.)

Dana Schwartz ("We're not gonna take it!  Never did and never will!"
Power to the Old People!  ;-))
Still no e-mail addresses listed -- first frost didn't kill off the
worm invasion...

 
 
 

AP article: "Amusement Park Chain Ends Senior Discounts"

Post by Ya Y » Sun, 05 Oct 2003 02:25:54

Quote:

>Besides the fact that I'm not *dead* (the alternative), can somebody
>give me ONE good reason that I turned 50 this year?!?

You got older so that we can enjoy a less crowded dinner at 7:00.

Purely joking.
Estopone

"Where's Tony?"
"Jesus was here" - 250 BC

 
 
 

AP article: "Amusement Park Chain Ends Senior Discounts"

Post by Marshal » Sun, 05 Oct 2003 02:50:51


 Seems Cedar Fair got wise to the

Quote:
> 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!  :-) )

Why not? I cant think of a better way to go.  Leaving the station on earth
and departing the train at the Pearly Gates.....

Quote:

> Dana Schwartz ("We're not gonna take it!  Never did and never will!"
> Power to the Old People!  ;-))

Hey! Watch where your waving that cane, lady!!! :-D

 
 
 

AP article: "Amusement Park Chain Ends Senior Discounts"

Post by Dana Schwart » Sun, 05 Oct 2003 02:55:34


Quote:

>>Besides the fact that I'm not *dead* (the alternative), can somebody
>>give me ONE good reason that I turned 50 this year?!?

>You got older so that we can enjoy a less crowded dinner at 7:00.

>Purely joking.

Ha!  :-)  The day I go out to eat a big ol', rare steak at 4:30 PM
just to get the Early Bird discount you'll *know* the world is coming
to an end.  Although I *do* go to bed by 9 PM so I can get up for work
at 4:30 AM...  And I forgot -- I rarely eat *any* meat these days,
much less big ol' steaks (the cholesterol thing, ya know)...

Oh, dear me.  :-(

Quote:
>Estopone

Maybe I'm getting old, but it's not my bad eyesight that caused me to
pronounce your "name" as ESS-ta-pone for the first few months I saw
your posts.  Silly me didn't "get" that it is E-Stop-One for waaaaaaay
too long.  :-)  Sometimes I miss the most obvious stuff.  

Back to my ergonomically incorrect rocking chair.

Dana Schwartz, Geezer Grrrrrl

 
 
 

AP article: "Amusement Park Chain Ends Senior Discounts"

Post by Dana Schwart » Sun, 05 Oct 2003 03:02:52

On Fri, 3 Oct 2003 12:50:51 -0500, "Marshall"

Quote:

>> Dana Schwartz ("We're not gonna take it!  Never did and never will!"
>> Power to the Old People!  ;-))

>Hey! Watch where your waving that cane, lady!!! :-D

Lady?!?  There ain't no ladies on RRC, Marshall.  A lady wouldn't last
very long around these parts.  Call me Geezer Grrrrl, bucko. :-)

That cane shoots poison darts, too, y'know!  

Dana Schwartz (creaking off into the sunset...)
(This space reserved for the return of the e-mail addresses.)

 
 
 

AP article: "Amusement Park Chain Ends Senior Discounts"

Post by Bill » Sun, 05 Oct 2003 03:08:18



Quote:
>    Cedar Fair officials said they eliminated the discounts because
>    seniors were becoming more active and no longer needed an incentive to
>    visit their attractions.

>    ``In the past the policy was because we felt there was less at the
>    park for them to do,'' said Brian Witherow, director of investor
>    relations for Cedar Fair. ``We see more of them doing more than they
>    were doing before.''

Translation:

We used to give senior discounts because we thought the seniors were
just coming along and watching their grandchildren go on the rides, but
we found out they're going on rides and into shows and costing us just
as much as the kids.

 
 
 

AP article: "Amusement Park Chain Ends Senior Discounts"

Post by Joe Schwart » Sun, 05 Oct 2003 07:23:13

Quote:


> >Estopone

> Maybe I'm getting old, but it's not my bad eyesight that caused me to
> pronounce your "name" as ESS-ta-pone for the first few months I saw
> your posts.  Silly me didn't "get" that it is E-Stop-One for waaaaaaay
> too long.  :-)  Sometimes I miss the most obvious stuff.  

Ohhhhhh, I missed that too.  Thanks for explaining it, Dana.

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AP article: "Amusement Park Chain Ends Senior Discounts"

Post by Ya Y » Sun, 05 Oct 2003 15:05:15

Quote:

>> Maybe I'm getting old, but it's not my bad eyesight that caused me to
>> pronounce your "name" as ESS-ta-pone for the first few months I saw
>> your posts.  Silly me didn't "get" that it is E-Stop-One for waaaaaaay
>> too long.  :-)  Sometimes I miss the most obvious stuff.  

>Ohhhhhh, I missed that too.  Thanks for explaining it, Dana.

LOL. Yeah, when I give my email addy out to people, they say "eh- stephone? Is
that spanish for something?"

And if you need it, my mother runs an  "*** Friendship Club" for seinors  ; )
Estopone

"Where's Tony?"
"Jesus was here" - 250 BC