Dells Advice on July 4th

Mt. Olympus is celebrating its 40th birthday* by offering free admission to the water park for several days in July!  Free admission is available on July 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th 2010.  The free passes are for the water park only, and do not include admission to the Mt. Olympus Theme Park.  Also, you are not allowed to come and go with these passes, once you leave the park, you would need to pay if you wanted to return.

In order to get the free passes to Mt. Olympus, you need to reserve them on the Mt. Olympus website.  Free admission is only available with an advance reservation, and won’t be available at the gate.

* I am not quite sure how Mt. Olympus came up with the number 40 for their birthday (unless the Greek gods age faster than the rest of us).  The name Mt. Olympus wasn’t used until 2004.  Prior to 2004, the property was owned and operated as separate entities – Big Chief Go Carts and Treasure Island Waterpark Resort.  In 2004, the family that operated Big Chief bought Treasure Island (formally Family Land), and changed the name to Mt. Olympus.


Dells Advice on June 10th

R.I.P. Wisconsin Dells City Pass.

The all-in-one Dells attraction pass that was introduced just 2 years ago is no longer.  The Dells City Pass debuted in 2008 with 9 attractions for $79.  In 2009, the participating attractions increased to 12, and the price went up to $99.

Although the concept of an all-in-one pass was good, it didn’t catch on with enough visitors to the Dells.  The biggest reason was most likely the price.  $400 for a typical family of four is a lot of money to shell out in a weak economy.  The Dells City Pass most likely didn’t appeal to visitors staying at any of the Dells mega resorts since there are so many activities already included in the room price.  The appeal was also limited for visitors who stay in one of the many Dells motels that include Mt. Olympus passes with their rooms.

Another problem with the Dells City Pass was the number of attractions that were offered.  Sometimes “Less is More”.  With 12 attractions and only 3 days to use the pass, some people may have thought that they were being stretched too thin, or were paying for admissions that they never were going to use.  Not all of the attractions appealed to all visitors too.  Families with kids might not be interested in golf, comedy club admission, and a haunted house.  Visitors without kids may not have been interested in a train ride or admission to the deer park.

If you’re visiting the Dells in 2010 and wanted to buy the Wisconsin Dells City Pass, there is a good alternative.  The Dells Passport to Savings offers several attractions at a reduced price.  The difference in the Passport to Savings program is that it is ala carte – you only pay for the attractions that you’re going to use.  Participating attractions include the Tommy Bartlett Show, The Tommy Bartlett Exploratory, Upper Dells Boat Tours, Jet Boat Adventure Tours, Original Wisconsin Ducks, Adare Go Carts, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, Wizard Quest, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, Dells 4D Special FX Theatre, Timber Falls Adventure Park & Knuckleheads, Noah’s Ark, Kalahari Indoor Theme Park & Circus World.  The savings increases with the number of attractions you purchase tickets too.  You can save up to 35% if you buy tickets to 6 attractions.

It would be nice to see the Wisconsin Dells City Pass return in future years.  A program overhaul would be in order.  The pick and choose method of the Passport to Savings program seems to be the way to go.

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Wisconsin Pick ‘n Save and Copps food stores have a special offer available through May 19th.  If you purchase any 140 ounce Kemps Ice Cream pail, you get 2 free passes to the water park at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park!  Kemps Ice Cream pails are on sale this week for $4.99.  The regular admission price to the water park is $20.  What a great deal!

The tickets to Mt. Olympus are valid from June 1st through June 30th.  When you make a qualifying purchase at Pick ‘n Save or Copps, your receipt will contain a voucher for the free water park passes.  You must bring your receipt showing the purchase and the voucher to get free admission.


Dells Advice on January 3rd

The dates for the special discounted Kalahari Family Nights at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells were recently updated and include 14 dates for reduced rates in 2010. Rooms start at $109 for a Desert or Hut room. Other room styles are also available at special discounts.

The 2010 dates are as follows:

  • Friday, January 15
  • Friday, February 12
  • Friday, March 12
  • Friday, April 30
  • Friday, May 28
  • Friday, June 4
  • Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, June 13, 14, & 15
  • Friday, August 27
  • Friday, September 10**
  • Friday, October 1
  • Friday, November 19
  • Friday, December 3

The September 10th weekend also includes a free breakfast buffet on Saturday, September 11th and free passes to the Kalahari Indoor Theme Park (all for only $109!).  There are also discounted dates available for the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.  For more information all of the dates available and how to book the specials, check out the Kalahari Family Nights website.  Reservations can be made on the Kalahari Family Nights website, or by calling the Kalahari at 877-525-2427  and mentioning the “Don White Block” to get the special rate.

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Dells Advice on December 14th

chula vistaThe great all inclusive special that Chula Vista has run the past couple years is being repeated again this year.  For just $199 you get the following:

  • 2 nights in your choice of hotel room
  • Unlimited meals at the Market Fresh Buffet & Lounge and Crash Landings Restaurant
  • Unlimited drinks at 2 bars
  • Unlimited use of the Lost Rios Indoor Waterpark

The special rate is valid for Sunday – Thursday night stays through January 30, 2010 and is based on double occupancy. Children between the ages of 3 and 21 are an additional $46 per night, and children under the age of 3 are free. Blackout dates are December 23rd through January 3rd and January 17th.

This is a very popular promotion, and some dates will sell out quickly.  Reservations can be made on the Chula Vista website, or by calling Chula Vista at 800-388-4782.

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