A few interesting notes from my research:
- Six Flags has an affiliate program with 5% commission for selling park tickets. Very smart. Why don’t more parks do this (or maybe they do and I've never heard about it before?)
- Six Flags has one of the harder websites to find out how to buy tickets while Kings Island was by far the easiest.
- Holiday World has the highest cost per coaster while Cedar Point has the lowest.
- I omitted the heavily themed parks such as Disney and Universal for obvious reasons (extremely high cost per coaster).
- Lagoon Park seems to be pretty good value as it's the same price as Holiday World but offers 5 more coasters. That is until you actually see the roller coasters that they do have to offer.
Of course this is just all fun and games as I stated to begin with there are many other factors which go into ticket prices like what other perks are included - water parks, parking, soft drinks, world class shows, etc. At the same time, those folks complaining about how expensive Cedar Point is need to realize that Cedar Point is very affordable compared to other parks as well as alternative forms of entertainment.