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Nicole

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I (surprisingly) didn’t see a real thread for CT 2018, and we just got some really important information from a very reliable source. We have been told “that single-day CT ticket prices are likely to increase significantly.”

That data point combined with what Dan told us yesterday—that they don’t expect to have a capacity problem this year, despite including CT in the new Membership Program—I think we may see some real and interesting changes at the event.
 
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I know it's very early, but i wish they would post something about ticket prices. That's going to decide if we double our current monthly rate to switch to a membership. I wonder if single day tickets will be the same as main season?

Would the lack of capacity issue be from adding new features or driving people away with higher prices i wonder?
 
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Just throwing this in there, this year Members get a Sneak Peek day to Christmas Town before it opens, a nice new perk, I assume it will be like Howl-o-Scream's sneak peek day?
 
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Zachary

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BGW Marketing said:
and add a themed train experience for families to enjoy.
This is a huge, long-overdue addition. Not only will it eat a ton of guests, I'm also pretty sure people are going to love it. Bonus points if the park sells hot chocolate right near/in all of the stations.
 
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I think the idea of incorporating the train is a wonderful idea! it will really help with the crowds also (IMO) the train is a great way to see the park so i'm sure with all the decorations it will be great. Hopefully they are smart and follow Zachary's idea, that would be a great way to make money and help the park goers keep warm.
 
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Nicole said:
From the park's recent press release:



BGW Marketing said:
Christmas Town™- Nov. 17 – Jan. 1: holiday traditions come to life in splendid beauty at Busch Gardens Christmas Town now in its 10th season.  To celebrate the milestone, Christmas Town will add an additional weekend to celebrate the season and increase its Christmas light count to 10 million, making this the largest light display of any holiday event in North America, and add a themed train experience for families to enjoy.
YAY YAY YAY. I really like they are adding a CT themed train experience this year. That is gonna be a draw to the park too. Hmmm maybe instead of coming up in late July, I should maybe switch and come up and do CT. BGW is my number 1 when it comes to CT event. There is just a warmer, and good holiday spirit with the event. I can't wait to hear more about the themed train experience. So I was just thinking, doesn't BGW have a Rudolph & friends meet and greet? So could it be possible that the themed train experience be themed to "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" story. I think that would be a nice idea to bring in the families , who doesn't like Rudolph. And yes BGW use Zachary's idea about selling hot chocolate at each station, and maybe even have a special type of hot chocolate based on the hamlet the train station is.
 
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I noticed that this year Carowinds is doing "Winterfest". I don't see it having the same success as CT, I mean just look at the name difference. More BG isn't afraid to have shows that are religious based and to say Merry Christmas, that's huge for a lot of people. I will say that with Carowinds having the Peanuts characters is really cool for Christmas but don't see them using the same message as I see them keeping it generic. www.carowinds.com/play/winterfest
 
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Maybe this in and of itself will be the root of its success. There are plenty of people out there that don't go to CT because of the religious aspect. Winter fest may be a huge success with this crowd. I guess we'll find out.
 

Nicole

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Carowinds had Winterfest last year. We went, and it was a great event. In fact, we also attended CT, SFA's Holiday in the Park, and Hershey's Candy Lane. Carowinds' event was one of my favorites.

Kings Dominion will be adding Winterfest this year, which has been successful elsewhere in the chain. It will be interesting how it does and what affect (if any) there will be on CT. Regardless, I hope it is as much fun as Carowinds' event.
 
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The two events seem to be going for different audiences from what has been related regarding rides.  KD will be aiming for those who still want rides while CT aims for a pure Xmas experience with shows and atmosphere over rides.
 
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Nicole

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I don't think I agree that here is only one "purely Christmas" experience. I think there are a variety of equally-valid ways to celebrate the season.
 
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I should correct myself. In my experience, CT caters to those who are not interested in rides. Families with grandparents and small children. The focus is entertainment, shopping, and atmosphere. There are rides open, but I don't feel the event really pushes them. Does that make more sense?
 

Nicole

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Yes, but my impression of Winterfest (and the other events, as well) was NOT an emphasis on rides. It was merely a focus on different aspects of the holidays than CT. In fact, their food, the Harmony Hall show, their cookie decorating, their light displays, and the carriage rides stood out for me.

While there may be more rides open (I'm not sure, as I didn't count), I don't think it makes sense to distill the experience at other parks down to that one thing.

Regardless, this discussion doesn't really belong here.
 
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