Many tourists OK with ticket hike

Many tourists OK with ticket hike

There are 107 comments on the Evening Sun story from Apr 5, 2011, titled Many tourists OK with ticket hike. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

Michelle Pastel of Horseheads, N.Y., points to a video display Tuesday with her son Zachary in the Visitor Center museum at Gettysburg National Military Park.

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Hanover, PA

#1 Apr 5, 2011
I'm fine with the increase. I never go there anyway.

Since: Aug 10

Gettysburg, PA

#2 Apr 5, 2011
Sounds like a quick damage control article. Pls see comments on earlier article on same subject."Visitors fees may rise again"

Baltimore, MD

#3 Apr 5, 2011
My family used to travel to Gettysburg about every other week to visit the battlefield and always the visitors center. We would spend many hours looking at the uniforms and artifacts with our grandchildren. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon without feeling pressured to spend alot of money. The bookstore always gave them a chance to purchase something to take home but we were happy because it wasn't tourist "junk". Now they have moved into the fancy new building and no one can afford anything there. Overpriced food, overpriced giftware, overpriced ticket to look at what should be free to us all! Such a shame!

Hanover, PA

#4 Apr 5, 2011
The headline of this article and the article are meaningless unless we know how many people were asked the question and how many responded yes and no.

Since: Aug 10

Gettysburg, PA

#5 Apr 5, 2011
Raif wrote:
The headline of this article and the article are meaningless unless we know how many people were asked the question and how many responded yes and no.
It is a statistical sample a la Adams County. In the manner of the reassessment validation.

Hanover, PA

#6 Apr 5, 2011
"Earlier in the day, the Ginebaughs considered visiting Hersheypark but were dissuaded by $40 tickets and overcast skies."
$40.00 for entertainment that lasts less then 15 minutes or $40.00 for a whole day of entertainment? hummm wonder which one I would pick??
The Preservationist2

Gettysburg, PA

#7 Apr 5, 2011
Typical worthless Hanover Sun "investigative" story.

How many people did you interview, eight?

Mark Charisse and Tim "No casino Paddock" Prudente should be ashamed of themselves.

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Apr 5, 2011
This lame article makes the Sun look like a shill for the shamdation.

Bennington, VT

#9 Apr 6, 2011
Has anyone even considered how the latest crisis in Washingon, D.C. concerning our budget woes and the pending "Govt. Shut-down predicted for Friday,will affect every citizen in this country...Visiting Gettysburg for anyone may not happen,considering Gettysburg is a National Military Park and could be shut down...Hiking the fees to visit and view the movie,cyclorama,and the museum will definitely affect a lot of people's decisions to visit,given the state of the economy,unemployment,high gas prices,I'm sure there will be people out there that will simply not be able to visit the Visitors Center...Perhaps,cost cutting needs to start at the top of the ladder....and also,with the elimination of some parking spaces,in order to create more handicapped parking spaces,and with one of the parking lots being reserved as "Green Parking," this will add a further burden,on those visitors that don't fit into these categories...While the new Visitors Center is a beautiful facility,it seems to have turned into one large White Elephant...What a shame,once more people involved have "bitten off more than they could chew."
Fire Marshal Bill

Gettysburg, PA

#10 Apr 6, 2011
I think Kim Huber said it best, that with the increased cost of admission there will be less spending on other items, much of it in downtown shops.

The one thing that upsets me is that initially the museum was free, and you paid an admission free for the Cyclorama. Then I believe when they first started the movie you could pay to see either the Cyclorama or the movie and the museum was still free. Now you have to pay a fee that includes all three.

Some people may want to visit the museum portion more than once, but will they want to see the movie and the Cyclorama more than once? I am told that they will be changing the exhibits in the museum from time to time, so that may be worth visiting more than one time. How about going back to individual admissions for each attraction, and a discount if you want to visit all three?

BTW, does anyone have any idea how often they do change the displays, of even if they ever do?
South of the Border

Hanover, PA

#11 Apr 6, 2011

"Earlier in the day, the Ginebaughs considered visiting Hersheypark but were dissuaded by $40 tickets and overcast skies."

Hersheypark hasn't even opened for the season, so how were the Ginebaughs even considering visiting the park. So much for this writers creditability. I guess the writer made up made up a few imaginary tourists and added some of his own facts to slant the pro price increase view of this article? How many "real" people were questioned for this article? Better take a look at the previous article and read the majority of comments... I'm not buying this article for a minute!

Sure does sound like damage control! Looks like park officials and the G-burg Foundation can pull the strings of the Evening Sun.

Since: Sep 09

Miamisburg, OH

#12 Apr 6, 2011
I saw the Cyclorama before they restored it. I would pay, once, to see the restored copy. The film is not worth seeing again. Revolving exhibits would be nice, otherwise just the same stuff as before isn't really worth seeing more than once. The museum could be outstanding, I don't know. The problem with the museum at the old VC was there evidently was so much great stuff they would not show. All the Rosensteel (sp?)stuff, etc. If that indeed hasn't been improved upon, what's the draw?
Never thought much of the Electric Map.

Three Springs, PA

#15 Apr 6, 2011
Okay wrote:
I'm fine with the increase. I never go there anyway.
Me to. I went last year during the FAILED Brass Band extravaganza and found the place to be overgrown with weeds and trash. Still no grass growing and the smell from the garbage cans --said it all. another White Elephant . And they made the out of town bands==perform in direct sun without any consideration for them or the audience. Can't wait for the nearby stone quarry to crank up to the max this year..That'll send gravel dust all over this dump.
Whats that smell

Middletown, PA

#16 Apr 6, 2011
The sparse visitation at the Gettysburg Visitor's Center yesterday can hardly qualify as any survey. "Many" of two or three hundred people hardly qualifies as a survey at a park that attracts over a million visitors a year.
World Class

Shippensburg, PA

#17 Apr 6, 2011
The Gettysburg Foundation has built a world class Museum & Visitor's Center for us here in Gettysburg. People travel from all over the world to see it and the Battlefield.$12.50 is a ridiculously low price to pay for all you get in the new center...the Cyclorama itself is worth that price. On a recent visit to Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville each of their centers (which are TINY) had a $4-$6 admission fee. Well worth it. I do wish they had a Cyclorama Only option with tickets because people do like to see that multiple times without having to sit through the movie again and again.

The Foundation should have just set the entrance fee to $20 from the beginning so we wouldn't have to listen to the local "outcry" every time they have to raise it. Get over it, it's not like it's coming out of your pocket. This is the real world, everything costs more every day and fees need to be raised to compensate.
what a joke

Washington, DC

#18 Apr 6, 2011
This is a lame article, especially with its misleading title. Do a real survey before you declare that a majority of visitors don't have a problem with the increase.

Somebody needs to do some serious investigative reporting into the financial records and operations of the Gettysburg Foundation. We know their fees and prices are outrageous. And even though they aren't selling as many tickets or merchandise as they originally projected, around a million visitors still go to the new VC every year. So you know they are making a lot of money. So where is it all going? Why is the Foundation so inefficient? What are the salaries for their managers (we know the pay and benefits for their front line staff has been cut to the bone—no “living wages” there). So where does all the money go? When we will find out the truth about how the Foundation is ripping off the American public?

Hanover, PA

#19 Apr 6, 2011
Cut salaries at overstaffed Gettysburg Foundation!
The Red Sun

Gettysburg, PA

#20 Apr 6, 2011
Okay, okay, okay - Tim Imprudente of the Darkened Sun didn't conduct a "real poll". Okay. And as he "reports" there were a few people who "wouldn't mind" a hike in fees. Imagine that!

The total of those "polled" isn't mentioned. Given the difficult economic conditions we have as a nation, the MAJORITY of visitors undoubtedly objected. But Tim doesn't want to REPORT the news this time and let the reader come to their own conclusions like good reporters do; instead, he prefers to distort the news by completely ignoring the most important tenant in objective writing so that he can "report" that their are "Many tourists OK with ticket hike." Who in the world did you think was going to believe this article?

Someone got to you Tim, and it wasn't your readers. It certainly wasn't a good conscience that motivated this writing! Did the Nazi Party of Gettysburg pay you to write it? This smells like you were bribed or someone coerced you because of the previous GOOD article you wrote! But think Tim, it is YOUR reputation that gets hammered - not theirs! We know you don't make much money as a newspaper writer and so do you; and maybe when they offered the money, free dinner vouchers, movie passes, etc., it felt nice to receive. But as a writer I ask you: isn't being accurate, fair, balanced and unbiased MORE important than printing a scenario of what someone else WANTS a situation to look like?

Why not conduct a REAL poll and then simply report the results? Why not indeed! Because that isn't what the Nazi Party down there wants to read! Nazis can't spew their propaganda when people think for themselves! And then you go using the Evening Sun to help create the very rhetoric they need to disable independent reasoning!

Your first article concerning the $2 hike was truly newsworthy, but this one is a knee-jerk reaction that really makes one think you did something wrong and wanted to erase it by conceding (no doubt) to some local Gettysburg Nazi. The first article was great! But this one is poor journalism even for a first year student!

Do the right thing Tim, either retract the article or tell the rest of the story (i.e. how many oppose the fee hike).
adams county resident

Chambersburg, PA

#21 Apr 6, 2011
At the current admission price it would cost my family of 5 $30.50 for admission. When the new prices go into effect it would cost my family $62.50 to get in. Why? Because they changed the definition of a "youth" admission. I have three teenagers ages 14, 16, and 18. So the cost for we parents goes up $2 a piece, but the cost for my teenage boys, who under the old pricing system are "youth", but under the new pricing system are "adults" goes up by $6 a piece(the $2 price increase plus the added cost of $4 of being considered an adult rather than a youth. I can tell you that we probably will not be visiting the visitors center anymore except on the "free" community days if they still have those. Visitors with children ages 13-18 really loose out with this pricing change. It's not "just $2" extra a piece for them.

Since: Feb 11

Mansfield, OH

#22 Apr 6, 2011
Just imagine if they only knew what all WAS available at one time to view. They'd think differently very quickly! They are tourists.... they do not know the goings on in this town...

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