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12/24/17 at 02:00pm in New Membership Program
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As we learned from a recent BGW Facebook post, they plan to unveil a new membership program in 2018 to replace the current annual pass system.

Based on the questions in the recent survey on ticket prices and structures sent to several pass holders, we have pulled together a main page post on some of the perks and options that could be available under the new system.

Once we have hard data, we will post it, as well.

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12/24/17 at 02:16pm in New Membership Program (Latest Edit: 12/24/17 at 02:20pm by VACoasterFan.)
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While leaving the park on Friday the 22nd they were pulling people for surveys at random. I wasn't selected but I think If I heard correctly the staff member saying it was related to Pass Holder benefits and possible future programs so I think some of the surveying is ongoing at least in the park. Maybe someone who has been selected for one of these can provide some more information.

I am assuming A survey Kiosk was setup somewhere in the area near package pickup. The staff member was taking the person taking the survey in that general direction.

Just my thoughts.

Been coming to Busch Gardens since forever. Even got to walk Nessie's Lift Hill the hard way. Got evacuated from 3/4 the way up. Unnerving to say the least.
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12/24/17 at 10:51pm in New Membership Program
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(12/24/17 02:16pm)VACoasterFan Wrote:  While leaving the park on Friday the 22nd they were pulling people for surveys at random. I wasn't selected but I think If I heard correctly the staff member saying it was related to Pass Holder benefits and possible future programs so I think some of the surveying is ongoing at least in the park. Maybe someone who has been selected for one of these can provide some more information.

I am assuming A survey Kiosk was setup somewhere in the area near package pickup. The staff member was taking the person taking the survey in that general direction.

Just my thoughts.

They do the surveys in a little room right by the near the height check booths. I was not selected for thus one but have done them several times in the pass. They seem to just choose guest to ask at random as the are leaving.
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12/27/17 at 09:19pm in New Membership Program
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Looks like they're pushing Water Country. I will not pay a dime extra for it.
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12/27/17 at 11:30pm in New Membership Program
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It might be worth noting that the Fun Card has been around for years, just renamed. It was originally the Bronze Pass. It is the lowest of the low level passes.
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12/28/17 at 11:43am in New Membership Program
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They could offer me some incentive to come back to Water Country such as not having to pay for their lockers the second time. I think they used to do that for all pass members. Now they have something where members (maybe only Platinum) can go to a remote gift shop to get a discount. It's very poorly placed, which I'm sure is deliberate. WCUSA has not been worth the hassle for me this year, unfortunately.

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12/28/17 at 06:00pm in New Membership Program
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What I'm interested in is how it's going to affect pass members who have their prices locked in. I asked Guest Services last time I was in the park and they said they would ask their supervisor but when I was headed out they had already closed.
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12/28/17 at 06:24pm in New Membership Program
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(12/28/17 06:00pm)BenWilkerson Wrote:  What I'm interested in is how it's going to affect pass members who have their prices locked in. I asked Guest Services last time I was in the park and they said they would ask their supervisor but when I was headed out they had already closed.

I can tell you this,

When making some modifications to our passes for phasing out some of our older kids who weren't interested in keeping there passes.

When adding on one of our newly Adopted Daughters we were allowed to keep the grandfathered rate for the new pass if we paid for one month at the "new" rate up front then A manager adjusted the rate to the grandfathered rate after I paid our one month in advance so they have some leverage in keeping people where they are at.

I don't know if they will still have this option if people call complaining about the new rate structure whatever it is but at least several months ago they could manually drop your pass rate to whatever you are locked into when adding or transferring passes with manager approval.

Just my thoughts

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12/28/17 at 09:28pm in New Membership Program
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(12/28/17 06:24pm)VACoasterFan Wrote:  
(12/28/17 06:00pm)BenWilkerson Wrote:  What I'm interested in is how it's going to affect pass members who have their prices locked in. I asked Guest Services last time I was in the park and they said they would ask their supervisor but when I was headed out they had already closed.

I can tell you this,

When making some modifications to our passes for phasing out some of our older kids who weren't interested in keeping there passes.

When adding on one of our newly Adopted Daughters we were allowed to keep the grandfathered rate for the new pass if we paid for one month at the "new" rate up front then A manager adjusted the rate to the grandfathered rate after I paid our one month in advance so they have some leverage in keeping people where they are at.

I don't know if they will still have this option if people call complaining about the new rate structure whatever it is but at least several months ago they could manually drop your pass rate to whatever you are locked into when adding or transferring passes with manager approval.

Just my thoughts
I currently pay like 7 or 8 a month for mine and the passes that they're selling right now(not the new ones) are at 16 a month. Only time will tell.
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01/26/18 at 10:05pm in New Membership Program
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It appears the new passes for 2018 have been released.

https://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgarden...membership

I'm not seeing anything new or different. Did I miss something?
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01/26/18 at 11:06pm in New Membership Program
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We think that the new roll-out has been delayed or possibly cancelled. They seem to have (possibly temporarily) reinstated last year’s passes.

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01/30/18 at 09:56am in New Membership Program
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I noticed the same old passes had popped up for sale on their site. I also saw a reply from BG on one of their recent Facebook posts that new membership plans were coming in a few weeks. So I guess the question is do you renew now or wait until the (possible) new roll-out? Just curious what other people are doing.
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02/04/18 at 09:50am in New Membership Program
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The launch of the long-rumored membership program is imminent. Expect the discontinuation of the current passes and a price hike on roughly equivalent membership products to accompany its launch.

In other words, if you don't care about having all the latest membership perks, it may be worth grabbing one of the current "old" passes now to avoid the price hike. If you want to go that route, do it now.

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02/04/18 at 03:52pm in New Membership Program
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If you are on ez pay will this force you to switch and pay more?
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02/04/18 at 05:09pm in New Membership Program
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(02/04/18 09:50am)Zachary Wrote:  The launch of the long-rumored membership program is imminent. Expect the discontinuation of the current passes and a price hike on roughly equivalent membership products to accompany its launch.

In other words, if you don't care about having all the latest membership perks, it may be worth grabbing one of the current "old" passes now to avoid the price hike. If you want to go that route, do it now.

I'm one of the ones that liked the sound of it, so I'll be making the switch and waiting.

I like that they delayed though and gave the chance for the people that still wanted the previous style passes.
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