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Extended hours at Australian theme parks

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This was brought up in another thread but to directly correlate it with a new thread we can discuss it here. If a mod could transfer the chats from the previous thread here, it would be much appreciated. I think if they did extend park hours until let’s say 8, it would have to be a summer thing. December 15 - January 15 would seem reasonable. I think if they did it all season, it would take away from what makes white christmas, fight nights and carnivalle special. Not saying that’s the only thing that makes it special, but visiting the parks at night is defiently an experience people find more unique than visiting during the day, hence the popularity of night events. Proof lies at Dreamworld, despite the dead crowds, a park after dark event I was planning to go to SOLD OUT. This alone shows the popularity of night events which is only so predominant because the parks are rarely open at night. (Also consider noise restrictions.)

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Yeah, @Tim Dasco and I had a great time at AW Nights on Saturday(it’s on every Saturday night in January). The operating hours for AW in January are from 10am to 7pm Sun-Fri, but 10-6pm on Saturdays. AW Nights is held between 6.30pm and 11pm. 

Yeah, it’d be nice if our parks stepped up and offered more extra hours events. Nothing better than spending 12 hours in one day in a Disney park.

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Extended trading hours may make events like white christmas and carnivale less valuable, but let me ask you this, if having the park open later more often takes away from those events, what does it make those events? Maybe they need to make the events better so people go for the event and content rather than just to ride the rides at night. 

There is nothing better in the theme park world (especially in a warm climate) to visit as the sun is setting, the lights turn on, and the cooler weather just makes it a much better and more enjoyable environment. I don't think they should run into the evening every day of the year, but in the peak holiday seasons? yeah go for it I say.

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In the case of movieworld, they ran white christmas wednesday-sunday. So you'd run into that roadblock until basically after christmas. 

Someone has done the math and probably worked out the turnover generated isnt worth the added wages. Yeah, parks have big work forces and can roster people to avoid overtime, etc, but people in specialised positions with small workforces like maintenance, managers and park supers would probably generate a lot of overtime. You would think if the frw extra hours generated extra income outweighing the hassle, they would be doing it. 

Wet n wild used to have movie nights every night of the summer school holidays. Attendance dropped and it went to every friday, sat, then it stopped completely. Park used to be open to roughly 9-930 those nights, but it was apparently canned because the cost vs attendance didnt weigh up.

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Parks the world over trade until late during summer.

Perhaps if our parks were actually offering something special at night, it'd bring people in. I know Wonderland used to be packed out during it's late trading hours - $5 after 5, fireworks, light and laser shows... there's plenty of things they can do (some of which wouldn't cost the earth) which would actually give people a reason to go at night. Instead of it being a special event, just keep the park open, offer something extra special, and do things that make people WANT to spend money.

the separately ticketed night events obviously make money - and since in the past, many tickets to those events were included for free in annual passes, there had to be something that made money - does it have to be a special event? I mean - clearly AW does it regularly, so don't tell me MW can't afford some overtime, or some strategic rostering of the necessary staff to make it work... I've seen it work from a rostering perspective at a theme park so i'm sorry @Levithian - I don't buy it.

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