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drfrightner
04-08-2013, 01:10 PM
Who charges money to park? How much do you charge? Larry

SAWDUST JONES
04-08-2013, 03:59 PM
Who charges money to park? How much do you charge? Larry

I always resented being charged for parking when I am already paying for an event. In my opinion it is a gouge and nothing more. It's like a hidden service fee. Figure out some better way to raise revenue.

austind
04-08-2013, 04:36 PM
Larry the two largest haunt up here close to me do. One has no parking of their own so the lots around it are pay only and I think The Realm of Darkness does. $5 I think.

damon carson
04-08-2013, 04:44 PM
To park at the Darkness. I know you do at Creepy World. But please dont at the Darkness. If thats what this post is about.
Thanks,
Damon
www.frightmasters.weebly.com

screamforadream
04-08-2013, 05:19 PM
Larry,

We have a LARGE parking lot on our property, like you we are the sole tenants of the location.

What we are doing this year is setting up our ticket station at the entrance of our parking lot, so as cars come in we are having them stop, pay for admission per person, and we are wording it as PARKING INCLUDED, even tho we aren't necessarilly charging for parking. But since we are having roaming characters in the parking lot, we want to A) prevent scaring away people before they pay, and B) make sure EVERYONE who comes onto our property not only pays but understands that there are ZERO refunds once they pull in. Hopefully this will help protect our ticket sales......because we had a major problem of our roaming actors having a bit too much fun with people in the parking lot, which gave great reviews but cost us a TON of sales....maybe installing a similar system you won't need to charge for parking Larry....


(Ps, sorry if that sounded a bit all over, I'm in a public health lecture and the professor is an attention nazi so I wasntreally 100% while writing this lol.....)

Scary Harry
04-08-2013, 06:07 PM
I would never charge for parking, I think it puts a bad taste in your patrons mouth.

Slain
04-08-2013, 09:36 PM
Scary you are right on!
How many people go to the movies and have to pay for parking. I think you bettter have a great parking area and a huge following to charge for parking.. Also if you charge you also assume all the liability for their vehicles.

screamforadream
04-08-2013, 10:25 PM
Slain,

Where? Not in CT! Every freaking parking garage in the city makes it very clear that no vehicle damage, theft of vehicle, or theft of property from vehicle is their liability, and that the owner of the vehicle assumes all risk in parking there, no matter HOW much they charge, if some idiot hits your car on the way out, or steals your GPS out of it, the garage/lot is NOT responsible.

Dark Tiki Studios
04-09-2013, 10:14 AM
The haunts in my area do not charge for parking. If they did, I would be less likely to frequent them.

drfrightner
04-09-2013, 10:40 AM
I think the big big big difference is this ... when you have a screampark type of attraction and the parking is in a field you have to hire an ARMY of parking lot people to manage the lot otherwise people park everywhere and its chaos. If you are in some closed down walmart with paved parking no problem.

So more or less I'm asking who might be in the same boat where you have hire an army of parking people... do you charge and how much.

Larry

Darkangel
04-09-2013, 10:49 AM
I know when I visited Spookywoods and Woods of Terror in NC they both charged to park there I think it was $5 per car.

DA

Deathwing
04-09-2013, 11:14 AM
All the amusement parks charge why not haunts?

Jake

Slain
04-09-2013, 04:34 PM
Just look at the law.. They can put up all the signs they want. They are still liable. Ask any attorney that deals with those type suits. If you charge you are liable. If it is free only then can you put up signs that you are parking at your own risk. We still cover our lots with insurance just to be safe.
Get your money for your show not parking that is stupid...


Slain,

Where? Not in CT! Every freaking parking garage in the city makes it very clear that no vehicle damage, theft of vehicle, or theft of property from vehicle is their liability, and that the owner of the vehicle assumes all risk in parking there, no matter HOW much they charge, if some idiot hits your car on the way out, or steals your GPS out of it, the garage/lot is NOT responsible.

Deathwing
04-09-2013, 05:58 PM
I wouldn't say it's stupid. If you can get the money get it. Most people come in groups anyway this might encourage more of that.

Jake

SAWDUST JONES
04-09-2013, 07:08 PM
Charging for parking, particularly in this economy, is a bad idea and just adds another reason for people to skip your attraction. Theme parks get away with it because they offer a full day and night of fun for under a hundred bucks and they are a destination that many people plan vacations around. Haunts not so much. A haunted house provides maybe 30+ minutes for $15 to 25. Any haunt that charged me for parking, I would skip on principle alone.

Just cause you can get it, don't mean you should do it.

Marr Branch
04-09-2013, 07:56 PM
I could not have said it myself better sawdust.

wickedfarmer
04-09-2013, 08:09 PM
We have a 12 year old sod parking lot that we installed drainage tile under several years ago so rains do not cause problem. Basically 4 rows of cars that are very close to 200 yards long. Have 4 parking lot attendants that I pay $10 an hour and do not charge for parking.


Wicked Farmer

Scary Harry
04-09-2013, 10:17 PM
We park in a field that is 4 acres and we have 5 to 8 attendants depending on the night. On busy nights they earn their money. I just don't think charging to park is a good idea. Paying parking attendants is a cost of doing business. If you don't charge your costumers $10.00 to park they may spend $20.00 at your concessions!

spookologist
04-09-2013, 11:23 PM
Unfortunately we are at the mercy of our landlords. They own the park where our attraction is and they recently decided to charge for parking. Its just $5 per car and so far our sales have not suffered from it.

freak 'n' stein
04-09-2013, 11:44 PM
Scary you are right on!
... Also if you charge you also assume all the liability for their vehicles.

<< That's strange. We DON'T charge for parking, but we also don't tell people WHERE or HOW to park in our lot. I was told once we tell people WHERE to park their cars then we're liable. Our lot is unmarked asphalt between our building and the warehouse next door. Common sense usually tells people where to park and I haven't had any issues. We have MORE of an issue of people parking at the Bingo hall across the street. That guy HATES us and has come over prior to the season and specifically told us he'd have patrons towed...so long story short, charging for parking is cheap to me so we don't do it. I hate being nickeled and dimed everywhere I go. I even hate paying for parking at an amusement park...they KNOW we have no other choices, so to me that's a slap in the face.


I know when I visited Spookywoods and Woods of Terror in NC they both charged to park there I think it was $5 per car.

DA

Went to Spookywoods last year and didn't have to pay...that's weird. Maybe they only charge on busy nights?? But I DO know they redid their lot last year and it was ATROCIOUS the first weekend when we went. We literally were made to park ridiculously close to the cars next to us and since we were one of the first ones there that night, the rows that filled in behind us were too close to back out. It took a LOT of near-miss attempts to back out (especially in an SUV). I'm sure they cleared it up later in the season, but damn that first weekend.

Darkangel
04-10-2013, 09:32 AM
Yes they definitely charged for parking. It was around the middle of October when we went.

http://www.spookywoods.com/spookywoods-tickets.htm

DA

Howie Slobber Erlich
04-10-2013, 11:04 AM
Another haunted house near me moved to a new location with no parking. They had to use a lot down the street and charged $5 per car. I know that when they started that, customers were pissed. We would hear it every night from them. It got so bad for her that she started discounting the $5 parking fee off the price of her ticket to keep people happy.

I always hate when I go to any event and have to pay extra to park. So, do all of you! :) I would not do it unless the cost of the parking lot attendants are breaking the bank. Especially an established haunt that never charged before all of a sudden, out of the blue, starts charging to park. I think the customers will just think that this is another attempt to rape them out of their hard earned money!

Just my 2 cents!

badass
04-11-2013, 08:18 AM
We started charging for parking 20 years ago ...
Back then it was one dollar
now we charge three dollars
We have 40 acres of parking and many side show attractions like bands, flesh pulls, fire acts, bad trip in 3d, tailgating, etc etc ..many will camp
soo besides the haunt we regularly have people that come to be part of all the excitement ...
u can't beat the deal and I have never heard of a complaint..

generally will have cars lined up for a half mile or so waiting for the gates to open at 6 pm...
three hours before the show begins...

if not for the parking crew it would be total chaos..
and adds to the total revenue

BigT
04-11-2013, 02:22 PM
We are inside a large campground, with a large field for parking. Last year, the local fire department was supposed to provide parking attendants, and provide a food concession where they kept 100% of the proceeds (donations for the parking and whatever they got from food). They didnt show up. I had to provide my own parking attendants, which worked out fine. This year I am going to bring in a local organization (biker club) that does a lot of community stuff and pay them a donation to park cars, and let them sell food. Helps them out, helps me out with logistics, and because they show up in their gear, adds to the ambiance of the haunt!