There have been rumors about Six Flags offering a Season Dining Pass and from the email I received the other day they are now offering it on a limited basis at Six Flags St. Louis.
How do I know they are offering it on a limited basis? Well several of you received an email from SFStL earlier this week with the standard deals and info on the opening of the season. Of the people I spoke to my email was the only one that had anything about the Season Dining Pass. My guess is it's geared to families and with me being a father well that's why I think I got it.
Here's the general info on it:
This spring Six Flags St. Louis introduces a new Season Dining Pass that lets guests eat lunch and dinner at the park every time they visit -- for just one up-front payment of $59.99. Also available for just $9.99 more is an "extra value" package that includes the Six Flags Sports Bottle.
Designed with value in mind
"We designed the All-Season Dining Pass to be a great value for anyone who plans to visit at least at least four or five times this year," said Eugene Naughton, Six Flags Vice President of In-Park Service. "We spent a lot of time listening to our guests, and while most of our regular Season Pass Holders say they love our food, many are concerned about affordability. Some say they don't visit as often as they like because of food costs. So last summer we put together a task force to come up with a solution."
The result of the task force's efforts was the Season Dining Pass. The principle is simple: Buy one pass at the beginning of the season that lets you to eat both lunch and dinner every time you visit the park. Each meal comes with one of several entrees and includes a side order.
"This program is focused on a very important part of our customer base" said Naughton, "it’s a fantastic value for our pass holders because of the extensive restaurant choices that are included in the program."
Over a dozen entrees and restaurants to choose from
The program includes twelve different entrees at restaurants all over the park. Participating restaurants include Colonnades, 1904 Classic Hot Dogs, Primo's Pizzeria (all locations), Villian's Cafe, Mooseburger Lodge and Cowabunga Burger. Some of the entree options include bacon cheeseburgers, BBQ brisket sanwiches, chicken sandwiches, pizza and more.
"Our guests said they wanted a lot of meal options to choose from," said Naughton. "...so we may have gone a little overboard. Guests will have no problem finding the food they want in whichever part of the park they happen to be in."
The initial program concept included dessert, but it was eliminated at the request of many guests. "This was a little surprising to us at first," said Naughton, "but after we dug into it a bit we found that a lot of guests just don't eat dessert and prefer that we keep the package simple. Taking dessert out also allowed us to push the price down a bit more...so I think it worked out for everyone."
Testing in St. Louis, may go to other parks later
Six Flags is the first theme park to introduce an all-season dining pass. While many parks sell packages that let guests eat as much as they want all day for just one day, Six Flags is the first to offer a pass that let guests eat all season. "We're excited to see how our guests in St. Louis react. If everything goes well and if the guests like the program, we'll look at rolling it out to other parks as well."
The Season Dining Pass is available only on the Six Flags St. Louis website. The Season Dining Passes are not available for purchase at the park, and because the program is still in the test phase only a limited number will be sold. "It is important to us that everyone who buys the pass have a great experience," said Naughton. "We're being really conservative about how many of them we sell this year."
So Bond and I signed up for it because we're going to be at SFStL 8-12 times a year and if we don't have to worry about food well then it's one less thing to think about plus if we go 10 times and get lunch and supper the cost works out to about $3 a meal which isn't bad at all. We'll try it out tomorrow and Saturday and I'll let you know how it goes.