- Favourite Ride
- Indiana Jones Adventure
Why does everyone keep going on about putting a Wetherspoons inside theme parks? It is almost certainly not going to happen because it would be financially detrimental.
Theme parks want:
- Easy to prepare, quick food
- Low costs and high margins
- Food with low dwell times (as in, people don't sit for long periods)
- They want to leave you wanting more
We (as in enthusiasts) are not the market they are targeting. They are targeting families and kids. Think about a school trip - they get a relatively low entry rate. How much do they spend in the park? I would reckon they are hitting an additional spend of about £25 per head. So a hot dog here, a burger there, ice cream, chocolate covered whatever. Overpriced vending snacks... this is what parks want to do, because it is where they make money.
The only parks that will have a different outlook on catering outlets will be the likes of Blackpool PB as they are activly competing against outlets around the park. AT, Thorpe, Chessy don't really have that issue.
If you ever see a Wetherspoons type outlet in a proper 'Theme' park, the menu will likely have 4 or 5 items, cost £10 each and it will be served on a paper plate. Oh, and the beer will likely be the cheapest they can get and be sold at £5 a pint. That is theme park economics for you.
My comment wasn't serious - even the Wetherspoons bit. Certainly not the bit about installing it inside the Chapel