Always on the lookout for new stuff, my iPhone 6 came out of my pocket as I approached the parking-lot-side entrance to the pedestrian bridge at Syracuse mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA.
The windows to their world were pitching the winter entertainment this time around.
Quite the idea, thought I. Throw down one big chunk of change instead of pulling out your wallet at each individual joint, and get your butt inside out of the cold. One side of the display for this “WinterFun DayPass” listed the establishments that catered to children, with a cost of $38 for the ticket. The other concentrated on the places with more adult-oriented activities, with the fee of $48.
That day I had a different mission, so I stuck the phone back in my pocket and went on with seeing “American Sniper” on a late Friday morning matinee.
This week I returned to investigate.
I spied a couple navigating the rope bridge high above the Canyon, one of the truly eye-catching features of top-floor adventure seller WonderWorks — or so I thought. The gentleman, traversing at a faster pace than his lady, yelled down to me, “taking a picture of the old guy, are you?” And he smiled. Bravo, man.
I proceeded to the information desk that Destiny USA officials have set aside in this new wing specifically for the WinterFun DayPass. Even some two years after the opening of the new, green extension of what we used to call Carousel Center, there are still some empty spaces for which booths like this can be set up. New things are coming in still. The IHOP and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville are both poised to open any day now.
A representative with a name tag that read Tony had a slew of brochures spread in front of him, and he was friendly and ready to answer my questions.
I saw and noted that the WinterFun DayPass had started Jan. 5 and runs through Feb. 28. “But there’s a blackout period between Feb. 14 and 22 because kids are off from school and the mall will be crazy already,” Tony said.
I asked him how sales were going. “It’s been really successful,” he said.
When I mentioned that I expected to post a story about the WinterFun DayPass here on Saturday and asked his last name, he declined to give it, and handed me the card of Destiny USA marketing director Sara Wallace. “You might want to contact our director,” he politely suggested.
I looked over the main pamphlet and decided it’s only an all-day fun pass if you like to spend a whole lot of time in each place you visit.
The smaller type says “Choose 4 of Destiny USA’s best attractions for 1 low price.”
There are some caveats attached to some of the locations, but not all. Here they all are:
5 Wits: One adventure.
Billy Beez: General admission, one adult free with child redemption.
CanyonClimb/SkyTykes: 1 ropes climb, age and height restrictions apply. (Oh, my, this is separate from WonderWorks, at least with this pass, so I find.)
Dave & Busters: $10 Power Card.
Lazer Tag: One game of Lazer Tag.
Mirror Maze:: General admission.
Pole Position Raceway: Race Package — Waive Temporary License (Age and Height Restrictions apply).
Revolutions: 2 games of bowling, including shoes/socks.
WonderWorks: General admission.
OptiGolf: 30 minutes of golf.
There are also four restaurants that include offers with the deal.
Panera Bread: Free U Pick Two with the purchase of one.
TGI Fridays: 15 percent off your meal (alchohol excluded).
The Melting Pot: 15 percent off your meal (alcohol excluded).
Cantina Laredo Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an entree.
OK, so it’s not unlimited everything at all of the participating places. Still, if you’re in the market for a way to spend a winter’s day with four distinct activities …
You can buy the WinterFun DayPass here as well as check out what Destiny USA has to say about the deals.
When I returned home, and email from Sara Wallace sat in my inbox. That Tony was good.
She asked what I wanted to know.
More, I said.
And here’s the background:
“We launched this for the first time over Summer 2014 – to great success,” Sara wrote back. “It was a basic program that offered all of the same experiences, but was a booklet of vouchers that offered people the opportunity to pick and choose where they’d like to go. Over the summer, we sold more than 4,000 tickets over the 60-use period and it was great to get feedback from families and groups that it was worthwhile and helped them experience many venues they had never been to before.
“This winter, we’re doing things a little differently. The experience is the same in that you can choose four venues for one price. What’s a little different is the process. With the feedback we got from the Summer pass, we decided to automate the vouchers and create one ticket that you can swipe at venues to make it more convenient for guests. So far, we’ve received great feedback on the new process, having sold more than 1,000 adult and children passes and a lot of questions about extending the program. We are currently planning to launch this program again during the summer period and we should have more information about that in the spring.”
Me? I’ve written a couple of times here already about KP and I playing different courses at OptiGolf, but we want to spend more than 30 minutes at the virtual layout. Bowling at Revolutions would be a nice addition to my repertoire. The CanyonClimb is a definite maybe. Pole Position and its little zippy cars, perhaps. My jury is still out.
Have you participated in a one-pass, multiple-place deal such as this? What four activities would you choose, and why? Is this a bargain or a bad idea, and why?