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So I don't know if this is the announcement that I was told about but on the website today they have the 2020 blockout calendar and they updated the members rewards for 2020.

Here is the blockout calendar for the rest of this year and 2020. It shows us what the park is currently planning the operating schedule to be for next year.

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Some new member rewards for next year are the Platinum members get 2 free food and wine items per visit. All other memberships get one like this year. The only other big change that I noticed was that the free lanyard will be in April instead of August in 2020. They will continue to give away HOS QQ next year during August and for some reason in July they will be giving away a member exclusive CT mug. That must be a typo.

Beyond that from the rewards we can see when the member sneak peeks will be held March 14th, September 18th (HOS), November 20th (CT). Based on the rewards and block out calendar we know that currently Food and Wine will run from May 16th to June 28th, HOS will run from September 18th to November 1st and CT will run from November 20th to January 3rd. WCUSA will be open from May 16th to September 7th. So their final operating day will be Labor day in 2020.

Obviously all of this is subject to change but that appears to be the plan currently.


Edit: Added WCUSA information. Also added a link to the member rewards page.
 
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So I don't know if this is the announcement that I was told about but on the website today they have the 2020 blockout calendar and they updated the members rewards for 2020.

Here is the blockout calendar for the rest of this year and 2020. It shows us what the park is currently planning the operating schedule to be for next year.

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Some new member rewards for next year are the Platinum members get 2 free food and wine items per visit. All other memberships get one like this year. The only other big change that I noticed was that the free lanyard will be in April instead of August in 2020. They will continue to give away HOS QQ next year during August and for some reason in July they will be giving away a member exclusive CT mug. That must be a typo.

Beyond that from the rewards we can see when the member sneak peeks will be held March 14th, September 18th (HOS), November 20th (CT). Based on the rewards and block out calendar we know that currently Food and Wine will run from May 16th to June 28th, HOS will run from September 18th to November 1st and CT will run from November 20th to January 3rd. WCUSA will be open from May 16th to September 7th. So their final operating day will be Labor day in 2020.

Obviously all of this is subject to change but that appears to be the plan currently.

Edit: Added WCUSA information.
They also upped the number of free tickets for platinum to 4. Two in the summer months now.
 

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I got a flyer in the mail yesterday reminding me that my membership is going to expire soon (early Oct) and If I renew now, and pay it in full (which I usually do) I'll get a $20 discount on the renewal price. I checked the website and it's on there. The full member renewal price they have lined out is $6 more than last year not counting the service fee.
 
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It can be used at any retail or dining location in the park. There are no restrictions on what can be purchased with it. The only restriction is that you don't get change back with it as @Celticdog said.
 
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I also found out about another change made to memberships. Basic memberships now only get a 5% discount on food and merchandise. Obviously this only applies to new membership and not to anyone who purchased one before.

Coupled with the increased discount for Platinum this means that as you go up in membership tier, the discount goes up by 5%. Here is a table from the BGW member benefits page.

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Sooooo.... The Williamsburg Platinum Membership just had its price cut. It's now $27 a month—down from $30 a month. I assume they weren't selling enough of them at the previous full price and saw better performance during the recent sales...?

It seems really odd to me that they opted to drop the price of Platinum while keeping Premier at $21. Maybe employee gate access and free preferred parking are selling more of those than I knew...

Did anyone buy a Platinum at the $30 a month rate? I'd be curious to know if your price will automatically drop or if they'd be willing to drop your rate if you asked about it.
 
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@Zachary I have been watching the Platinum price reasonably frequently and have actually tracked it at $26.99 every time I have checked all year. Now I'm only checking it maybe once or twice a month, but I've never seen it not on sale. I was hoping to take advantage of the sale for BF but didn't have the time to get to the park to cancel my old pass with the technique you and Nicole laid out. Maybe next time.
 
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