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Silver Dollar City & Celebration City Discussion => General Silver Dollar City Talk => Topic started by: mg on October 31, 2019, 02:52:40 PM

Title: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: mg on October 31, 2019, 02:52:40 PM
New - FREE Adventure Pass for kids born in 2015 or 2016 - This is a 2 Park pass that doesn't come with BAF Passes... but it's FREE! Age verification is required on first visit.

2 Park w/ Parking - $213 (Increase of $20)
2 Park 12-64 - $158 (Increase of $15)
VIP Refill Cup - $70 (Increase of $20)

2 Park Pass still include 5 SDC BAF & 4 WW BAF. There is NOT a full season SDC BAF pass included this year. The paid BAF pass is also $30 (Increase of $5).

Also, SDC will not be open New Year's Eve or New Year's Day next season.

As of right now, the WW Unlimited Dining options isn't showing for next season.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: mg on October 31, 2019, 03:18:35 PM
The payment plan is now 9 months vs the 6 months in past years.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Runner1960 on October 31, 2019, 03:40:28 PM
They also eliminated Saturdays in December on the 2 park pass for BAF's.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: mg on October 31, 2019, 04:06:04 PM
Pumpkin Nights has been extended a week for 2020 also.

It looks like they are now considering Young Christians Weekend part of the Summer Concert Series and just calling it Praise & Worship.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: History Buff on October 31, 2019, 06:25:31 PM
Well, there's certainly some sticker shock in the responses on facebook.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Obviousdramatic on October 31, 2019, 07:09:21 PM
They have also changed the free BAF tickets.

FREE March 17 - May 17 (Not valid 4/4)
$30 May 26 - June 12
$30 July 25 - August 9
FREE August 17 - September 18 (Not valid September 5 & 6)
FREE November 29 - December 30 (Not valid Saturdays)

The whole reason we buy season passes was for all the FREE tickets. 30.00 is still a good deal. I am still not thrilled about this change though.

I am okay with the increase in price BECAUSE they now have a 9 month payment plan.

With that being said, we will NOT be buying this year. I just dont like the changes happening. Not my cup of tea.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: sdcfan88 on October 31, 2019, 08:24:33 PM
Oh my... yeah there's gonna be quite a few people upset over these changes.

...however, its still arguably a better value than Cedar Fair and Six Flags.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: kbosch1 on November 01, 2019, 09:25:29 AM
Any idea what the Jubilee Homecoming is?  Looks like they shortened Bluegrass & BBQ for it.

We only get the one-park pass for SDC and usually go 3-6 times a year.  Still the best bang for the buck in my mind.  The BAF's are nice along with the coupons they send out throughout the year.   I'm not blind to the fact that costs go up and it won't affect me purchasing SPs.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: DianaGail on November 01, 2019, 12:57:15 PM
Is this for the two park or the one park?


They have also changed the free BAF tickets.

FREE March 17 - May 17 (Not valid 4/4)
$30 May 26 - June 12
$30 July 25 - August 9
FREE August 17 - September 18 (Not valid September 5 & 6)
FREE November 29 - December 30 (Not valid Saturdays)

The whole reason we buy season passes was for all the FREE tickets. 30.00 is still a good deal. I am still not thrilled about this change though.

I am okay with the increase in price BECAUSE they now have a 9 month payment plan.

With that being said, we will NOT be buying this year. I just dont like the changes happening. Not my cup of tea.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: mg on November 01, 2019, 01:30:06 PM
Is this for the two park or the one park?

That is the one park. This is for the 2 Park:

SDC:
FREE March 17 - May 22 (Not valid 4/4)
FREE May 26 - June 12
$30 July 25 - August 9
FREE August 17 - September 20 (Not valid September 5 & 6)
FREE November 7 - December 30 (Not valid November 27 & 28 or December Saturdays)

WW:
FREE May 23 - June 26
FREE June 28 - August 6 (Sunday-Thursday)
FREE Night Water dates
FREE August 9 - September 7
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: History Buff on November 01, 2019, 02:10:47 PM
So, how many years 'til the BAFs are phased out?  I've expected it for a while now, but in the last couple of years, it seems to be happening.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: sanddunerider on November 01, 2019, 02:15:58 PM
So, how many years 'til the BAFs are phased out?  I've expected it for a while now, but in the last couple of years, it seems to be happening.

They wont phase out the BAF's...  those are money makers!!   

people get in free/ cheap, but most still buy food, drink and other "stuff".!!   

thats where the money is, Not the admittance fee...
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Runner1960 on November 01, 2019, 02:46:06 PM
So, how many years 'til the BAFs are phased out?  I've expected it for a while now, but in the last couple of years, it seems to be happening.

They wont phase out the BAF's...  those are money makers!!   

people get in free/ cheap, but most still buy food, drink and other "stuff".!!   

thats where the money is, Not the admittance fee...

I look for them to continue the program but do as they are doing now. Make them harder to use and more targeted to days with less attendance. I have not had a instance where I could use any the last couple of years with the restrictions getting tighter. Probably will not buy a season pass again this year either because of it and other things (The more it is being dollywooded) . Probably will again start focusing on places to go abroad and go to Branson less and less.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Swoosh on November 02, 2019, 08:46:01 AM
Any idea what the Jubilee Homecoming is?  Looks like they shortened Bluegrass & BBQ for it.

We only get the one-park pass for SDC and usually go 3-6 times a year.  Still the best bang for the buck in my mind.  The BAF's are nice along with the coupons they send out throughout the year.   I'm not blind to the fact that costs go up and it won't affect me purchasing SPs.

Much like they did for the 50th, they’re having a huge concert celebration event in Echo Hollow with many famous names in attendance
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Runner1960 on November 02, 2019, 03:15:26 PM
Any idea what the Jubilee Homecoming is?  Looks like they shortened Bluegrass & BBQ for it.

We only get the one-park pass for SDC and usually go 3-6 times a year.  Still the best bang for the buck in my mind.  The BAF's are nice along with the coupons they send out throughout the year.   I'm not blind to the fact that costs go up and it won't affect me purchasing SPs.

Much like they did for the 50th, they’re having a huge concert celebration event in Echo Hollow with many famous names in attendance

When you say famous do you mean famous now, or famous 30 to 40 years ago ? The 50th was a aluminum walker cast of entertainers.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: dc_mpa on November 03, 2019, 09:54:59 PM
Same as previously mentioned. Too many unfavorable changes for us. After 36 years, we won’t be buying season passes and doubtful we’ll go to the park at all next year. Spending our money elsewhere and looking forward to it.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Swoosh on November 03, 2019, 10:25:56 PM
Any idea what the Jubilee Homecoming is?  Looks like they shortened Bluegrass & BBQ for it.

We only get the one-park pass for SDC and usually go 3-6 times a year.  Still the best bang for the buck in my mind.  The BAF's are nice along with the coupons they send out throughout the year.   I'm not blind to the fact that costs go up and it won't affect me purchasing SPs.

Much like they did for the 50th, they’re having a huge concert celebration event in Echo Hollow with many famous names in attendance

When you say famous do you mean famous now, or famous 30 to 40 years ago ? The 50th was a aluminum walker cast of entertainers.

To each his own.  Just because you are not a fan of who(m) they chose does not diminish the fact that they are famous
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Runner1960 on November 04, 2019, 03:12:26 PM
Any idea what the Jubilee Homecoming is?  Looks like they shortened Bluegrass & BBQ for it.

We only get the one-park pass for SDC and usually go 3-6 times a year.  Still the best bang for the buck in my mind.  The BAF's are nice along with the coupons they send out throughout the year.   I'm not blind to the fact that costs go up and it won't affect me purchasing SPs.

Much like they did for the 50th, they’re having a huge concert celebration event in Echo Hollow with many famous names in attendance

When you say famous do you mean famous now, or famous 30 to 40 years ago ? The 50th was a aluminum walker cast of entertainers.

To each his own.  Just because you are not a fan of who(m) they chose does not diminish the fact that they are famous

Yes, To each his own but a 50th and 60th is a pretty big deal. Here is hoping they get someone relevant and do not go cheap. 
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: sanddunerider on November 04, 2019, 03:33:46 PM
Yes, To each his own but a 50th and 60th is a pretty big deal. Here is hoping they get someone relevant and do not go cheap. 

Yes it is a very big deal.! 
 Kind of surprised we have not heard much hype about it...   
LOL. 
You know, not counting Mystic Falls,, New Riverfront area, New Rib House, New Concerts and that stuff!!!
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: ThemeParkFan on November 04, 2019, 06:37:40 PM
As of now, I'm planning on renewing. I still love the park and feel like I get enough value out of it to make it worth the drive from the Chicago area. $100 isn't terrible at all for what you're getting, IMO.

That said, $100 for White Water is obscene.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Swoosh on November 04, 2019, 06:51:51 PM
Here is hoping they get someone relevant and do not go cheap.

I think you’re missing the point.  Those that appeared at the 50th all had connections to the park and/or the Herschends.  They didn’t just pick random acts. 
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: HumphreyHawk on November 06, 2019, 01:33:23 PM
Well....attendance has been through the roof the past two years....should not be a surprise that they can raise prices and lower the benefits.  Supply and Demand.  It's still a fair price....arguably better value that the big chains considering the free parking.

I'm one the weirdos that think raising the prices and limiting the free passes will help improve the park experience.  Especially on crowded days.  Won't be long before single day tickets start being variable priced based on demand like that are at the destination parks.  Busy Saturdays being the highest with school in session weekdays being the lowest.

Unless you lived in the immediate Branson area....I have no idea why anyone would buy a WW season pass.

Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: sdcfan88 on November 06, 2019, 05:25:57 PM
I wished they would do a SDC/Dollywood Super Pass or simply enable the pass to give you admission to all their parks like how Cedar Fair & Six Flags does. I know Hershend is a smaller chain but still. I think changing the $160 SDC/WW pass to make it an all park nationwide pass would be fair and it would help them to stay competitive.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: sanddunerider on November 07, 2019, 06:40:04 AM
Unless I lived in the immediate Branson area....I have not idea why anyone would buy a WW season pass.

I used to buy 2 park passes only because the BAf package had better dates and there were extras..   With the BAF The 2 park pass also gets you on ALL Showboat cruises for a discount price, (or used to anyway)..   
I Havent bought the the 2 park pass for a couple of years now, showboat shows changed up and I lost interest..  Too bad though, I used love the everything about dinner/show/cruise, but the show is just not what it used to be.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Buddyboy on November 18, 2019, 09:49:26 AM
 To be honest  passes are too much  108.00 person plus taxes and fees  :'(
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Pintrader on November 18, 2019, 11:00:49 AM
To be honest  passes are too much  108.00 person plus taxes and fees  :'(


Oh I don't know!   If you consider all the great entertainment throughout the year, the new rides built, the upkeep of the old rides while making the park look great,  and paying employees.  That really isn't too bad, plus a lot more overhead that you could add.  I would hate to see just their electric bill that has to be paid.  They still make a lot of money but everything increases in price, so my advice would be just make a lot of trips and get your money's worth.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: shavethewhales on November 18, 2019, 11:21:25 AM
It helps to use the payment system. 9 payments of $12 is easy to budget for vs. taking the hit on one month. As a point of comparison, I've paid $8 a month to Six Flags this year for a yearly "membership". Of course, the SF membership gets you into every single park...

There was a survey floating around a little while ago where they were testing the waters for things they could add on to make the season passes more worthwhile. I expect to see some kind of multi-property HFEC membership option come around sometime. Probably a lot of branson discounts, plus the ability to go to other HFEC properties like Talking Rocks or maybe even DW/WA?
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Buddyboy on November 18, 2019, 01:08:19 PM
To be honest  passes are too much  108.00 person plus taxes and fees  :'(


I understand  that they have make money.  Older people  may not come   Because high price .  I think they are lose their charm.   
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: HumphreyHawk on November 20, 2019, 01:55:01 PM
To be honest  passes are too much  108.00 person plus taxes and fees  :'(


I understand  that they have make money.  Older people  may not come   Because high price .  I think they are lose their charm.

"losing the charm" for the old people?  I'm not saying they are ignoring the older visitors.....but the money is making sure the park has something for the whole family.   So the whole family comes.

Attendance is showing that they can raise prices...they do it most every year and the park keeps stuffing us all in it.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Runner1960 on November 21, 2019, 03:44:56 PM
To be honest  passes are too much  108.00 person plus taxes and fees  :'(


I understand  that they have make money.  Older people  may not come   Because high price .  I think they are lose their charm.

"losing the charm" for the old people?  I'm not saying they are ignoring the older visitors.....but the money is making sure the park has something for the whole family.   So the whole family comes.

Attendance is showing that they can raise prices...they do it most every year and the park keeps stuffing us all in it.

Actually, The passes are a bargain for what you get. For me though it is , am I going to make a 5 hour trip each way several times per year anymore to experience the same things ? probably not,Ill be going 1 time per year and saving up for new experiences.Theme parks are growing old for me.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: mg on November 21, 2019, 11:10:37 PM
For us, the season pass is an amazing deal, same with the VIP cup and season pass parking. We are fortunate to live less than an hour away and are on track to visit 25-30 times this year. We have little ones so the close parking is great because we don’t have to deal with the stroller on the tram.
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: palallin on November 22, 2019, 08:48:44 AM
Just goes to show how differently people think.  I *want* the same experiences time after time. 
Title: Re: 2020 Season Passes
Post by: Gilligan on November 22, 2019, 10:21:29 AM
Just goes to show how differently people think.  I *want* the same experiences time after time.

Me too!  Not everywhere, but definitely here.