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The Big Debate: Should there be more "premium" theme parks?Submitted by Natalie Sim on Saturday, July 7, 2012 10:14
In this week's poll, we ask whether you think there should be more "premium" theme parks around the world.
SeaWorld Orlando's Discovery Cove has been in the limelight this week due to the opening of its new Freshwater Oasis attraction. The small water park charges a premium for entry, allowing only one thousand guests through its gates each day. This enables the lucky few to make the most of the facilities in a relaxed and enjoyable way, without having to spend all day battling with hordes of other eager guests.
Discovery Cove's biggest draw is the Dolphin Swim Experience, which sees small groups of guests interacting with bottlenose dolphins for around 30 minutes. Guests are given a specific time slot for this and then can spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the other attractions, including snorleking with hundreds of tropical fish or relaxing by the lagoon.
Inevitably, this elite experience comes at a price, with an adult ticket which includes the Dolphin Experience typically costing between $229 - $359 (£148 - £232) per person during July and August. To be fair, this hefty price also includes all food and beverages throughout the day, as well as unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica for 14 consecutive days.
So, is this type of experience something you want to see more of? Is there scope to create a whole host of amazing premium theme parks around the world? Would you want, for example, to visit a Wizarding World-style Harry Potter sub-park that only allowed a thousand guests in at a time?
Or, perhaps you prefer the traditional theme park experience with loads of attractions and rides and the excitement of being amongst thousands of other theme park fans? Are premium parks the preserve of the rich only, and are they even financially viable?
Let us know your thoughts on Discovery Cove-style premium parks by voting in our poll below.
Should there be more "premium" theme parks?
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