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Todd Shumansky
10-08-2007, 11:53 AM
For those of you that are already open how has your attendance been? We have two weekends under our belt and we are almost dead even with the same two weekends from last year. Fridays have been a little bit slower but we've made up for it on both Saturdays. I'm pleasantly surprised that biz is good. I really didn't know what to expect this year. How are you doing???

cooperfan
10-08-2007, 12:22 PM
Same here Our Fridays were slower but Saturdays made up the difference we are close to 200 people ahead of last year.

Dean

Jim Warfield
10-08-2007, 03:19 PM
Our September was slow to begin with but ended up being second only to last September , which was our best Sept in five years (or something like that?)
I thought it was slow because I personally was not dragging like a whipped dog and we had no helpers yet! ? Most Septembers I am in a perpetual track meet, waiting for more business to arrive to actually justify hiring helpers on a more steady basis.
A year ago our October was down some, but if weather stays good or at least predictable in November it can be a very good month, but of course this doesnot always happen by any means, this is northwestern Illiniois, where the coldest temps are always recorded compared to the rest of the state.
As soon as the leaves go orange and there's a nip in the morning air people will be thinking it is fall and time to go to haunts.
I have had the first couple of October weeks be very slow because it still felt like summer to most people.

Howie Slobber Erlich
10-08-2007, 07:03 PM
We are almost exactly where we were last year as well. We had a huge night last Saturday!

So far so good.

Howie "Slobber" Erlich
Deadly Intentions Haunted House
www.deadlyintentionshaunt.com

Smiley
10-08-2007, 09:33 PM
Last Saturday, unofficial opening night, we had roughly 95 patrons walk through (double that of last year's). We were suprised so many people arrived, due to the fact that we didn't advertise the haunted house was open that day.

s.fc90
10-08-2007, 09:52 PM
A question coming from a patron:

I see that Fridays are slower and Saturdays seem more packed. So, does this mean that your haunts (or all haunts) are scarier and have more actors on Saturday?

Smiley
10-09-2007, 12:21 AM
A question coming from a patron:

I see that Fridays are slower and Saturdays seem more packed. So, does this mean that your haunts (or all haunts) are scarier and have more actors on Saturday?

People who participate in haunted houses (actors, make-up artists, and so on) are always giving 100% in what they do. Weither it be 400 patrons or 50 partons, we want all of them to be scared and have a good time. The amount of actors in a haunt waters down to how many signed up for the job and weither or not the actor has other matters to attend to that night (family emergency, caught the flu, etc.).

Mr Nightmarez
10-09-2007, 05:35 AM
Same here... anyone notice a trend? Fridays are slower than last year but Saturdays are making up the difference. We are running a little over 200 ahead of last season.

We did some great numbers this weekend (last year) so hopefully we will stay on track if the trends continue.

Warren Vanderdark
10-09-2007, 08:18 AM
I can't quote the exact figures from last year right off the top of my head, but based on what I've seen personally, we've definitely hit the ground running, with attendance being visibly larger than it was the same time last year. Our executive director said that our attendance this past Saturday alone was well over 700 people...

xxxdirk
10-09-2007, 09:46 AM
We are up about 70% over last year and have better numbers then any other year. In addition we are getting some great exit surveys so I am hoping....

Nightgore
10-09-2007, 10:20 AM
This past Sat. we had 36,000 people in the park (Kings Island, OH.) and approx. 4,312 through our particular attraction. We are open from 8-1am, that's 862 people an hour! So far so good... we are only expecting to be busier this weekend.

As for the Fri./Sat. issue... for us Fri. night is the best night to come because the park is not as crowded. We do have an actor issue though, because of OH. law; Our minor actors are REQUIRED to get a 30 min. break AND are required to clock out at 12:30.... Our attraction has 9 minors working it. So at any point of the night, our attraction will be very.... dead (Pardon the pun).

But when it's fully staffed, I'd say we are the best attraction at KI!

Just my .o15 cents. -Tyler

s.fc90
10-09-2007, 10:58 PM
oooh thanks guys. I see now. So its fine to go fridays then and I will. Nightgore, I dont think I'll have to be worrying about actors leaving by 1230 since i'll be going in between 8-9 PM. But yeah, thanks guys! This really helped a lot.

But why is it that fridays have lower attendance than saturdays?

Nightgore
10-10-2007, 12:17 AM
Because our demographic are people that:

-Work during the week
-Have school
-Go to high school sporting events (football season)
-Saturdays are normally everyones "free" day
-After a week of work, Fri. night is time to relax!
-More people are able to travel farther on Sat.
-There is no school Sat. night! (yes, some schools, Fri. night is still a school night)
-Teens and adults go out on Sat. night
-So on and so forth!

-Tyler

Jim Warfield
10-10-2007, 01:27 AM
When a particulair Friday or Saturday is slow I always wonder:"What was on tv tonight?"
Remember how the amount of water going through the New York sewer was drastically reduced when the Beatles were on The Ed Sullivan TV show?
The sewer plant workers can really tell when it's half-time of the tv football games too.

MMManiac
10-10-2007, 02:35 PM
Fridays are as well slower then saturdays. I believe this is because one people work fridays, two highschool football is on friday nights. But like everyone else saturdays make up for it. We are doing awesome this year compaired to the previous five years.

Best of luck to everyone and a busy season to all
sean

WARLORD
10-12-2007, 02:32 PM
We have been up also.Our attendance is up about 20% from last year so far. Considering the extreme heat last week, (mid 90's), and that we are a steamboat, (steel hull holds lots of heat) we were happy with the results. I think everyone hit the nail on the head, Fridays are, after work to the bar, high school football game, home to relax after work nights. Saturdays are make plans and go out for dinner and entertainment nights. Last week we were about 1000 more patrons on saturday than friday, and friday was not bad. Our friday crown does hit slightly later. We seem to get busy between 9p and 10p, after football games. Saturdays we usually hit the ground running with a good line forming 30-60 minutes before we open. The reviews on exit were still good as people wrung their shirts out. I also have to give props to our actors. They did a great job in some extremely difficult conditions, and kept the intensity up.
Here's hoping everyone keeps having a GREAT haunting season.

Todd Shumansky
10-15-2007, 03:34 PM
Ugh. We got our but kicked this weekend compared to the same weekend last year. The same Friday night last year was Friday the 13th which brought people out tons of people. I think we were down by a third on Friday night. It rained both Saturday and Sunday. Still a great weekend but not even close to the same weekend last year.

Did your Friday compete with last year's Friday the 13th?

MMManiac
10-15-2007, 03:39 PM
we have a new better location so eveyr night this year beat our last years numbers. Hopefully the attendance continues to climb!

Sean