Monday, October 22, 2012

Would You Pay $5 for a Pony Ride?


Every year we go to a pumpkin patch to select our pumpkins and enjoy the events that are going on while we are visiting.  Usually we go to one of two that are local.  This year we decided to mix it up a bit and go to one that was a few cities away.  It's touted as being the pumpkin patch to end all pumpkin patches.

I looked it up online and there was a telephone number to call, but no photos or anything, which I thought was a bit odd.

I called the number and got the low down on what was going on for Sunday (the day we went).  The recorded message rattled off so many things I called back (I had to hear it again to believe it).  There were storybook hayrides, a train ride, a haunted house, a large bounce house area, a playground, dirt hills with slides for the kids, pony rides, hard cider tasting, hot cider tasting, fresh apples or blueberries from their farm (located on the premises), and more things for sale inside than I could even begin to list here (it was like a little mini-mall in there).

When we pulled up it took us quite awhile of circling around the aisles to find a parking spot.  I'm not sure if it was because the place was so popular, or if it was because it's so close to the season...but there sure were a lot of people who had the same idea we did.

Everything was fine, but everything cost money (of the two we usually go to, one has things to do that are mostly free, including the tractor/hay ride & the other charges a minimal price for tickets to do things).  Five dollars for a pony ride, two for each bounce house ticket, five for the haunted house, and so on and so forth.

We took the in-laws and my son's little cousin who is (3).  We spent $50 on a storybook hayride for everyone, the bounce house for the two little ones, and haunted house tickets for three people (I don't do them and the kiddos we had with us are too young).  $50.00!

And to top it all off, we didn't even get pumpkins (or donuts & cider for that matter) because the lines were way too long (we're talking 50, 60 people in every line, no joke).

After we left and went to dinner, everyone was talking about how great it was...I was the only one who thought it was too commercialized and missed our homey, comfy pumpkin patch of routine.  That's okay, there's one more weekend before the holiday, and we still have to get our pumpkins.  You can probably guess where we'll be going.  :)

What do you think:  Is $5 too much for a pony ride, or am I just being an old fuddy duddy?

19 comments:

  1. Five bucks for a pony ride doesn't sound so bad :). But $50 for a storybook hayride, that may be a little too much- at least for me :). At the end of the day, I guess what matters is that everyone had fun :)

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  2. I'm not sure, my sister and I just took our families to a pumpkin patch about a week ago, we had a wonderful time but I was surprised to find that EVERYTHING cost money. It makes an outing a little hard to enjoy when you know you won't be able to enjoy anything without adding up how much every things going to cost first):

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  3. It depends on how many kids I need to put through the kiddy ride. If it is just one kid maybe yes. but if all 3 I need to think hard about spending the $15.

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  4. I tend to agree with you. It sounds like a big money grab and I hate that. Same goes for the pumpkin patches in our area...everything costs money and line ups are crazy. Don't even get me started on how much an actual pumpkin costs! Based on it's weight, it can get crazy.
    Now we visit, take a few photos...and go and get a nice pumpkin at the grocery store. Call me an old fuddy duddy! xo

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  5. Oh I do hate the nickel and diming but will admit to paying that much for a pony ride. The worst part, you just know they won't remember it!!

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  6. Hmmm I haven't paid for a pony ride, but it doesn't sound too bad to me. But the hayride - too expensive for my taste!

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  7. WOW! Talk about expensive! I would definitely stick with the free ones... it is all about the memories and it seems they make just as many wonderful ones at the cheap/free ones.

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  8. They range between $5-7 around here..the thing that got me was the corn maze.... $14 for adults/ $10 for kids!!!! To get hot, dirty and lost!!! In corn!!

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    1. Oh yeah, I forgot the corn maze...that cost an arm and a leg too. -_-

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  9. $5 for a pony ride I can afford, but $50 for a hayride may be a little too much. :)

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  10. Well, I would end up spending $10 on pony rides because I have two boys and they would each want to go.....

    I think $5 is reasonable for the pony rides, but $50 for the hayride is OUTRAGEOUS. When we went a few weeks ago, it was $2.50 per person - so $10 for the 4 of us.

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  11. It depends on how long the ride is! If it's just 5 minutes I think it's a bit expensive.

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  12. We're heading to our local pumpkin patch/hayride on Tuesday. It's so busy, they said we had to make reservations. Yikes!

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    1. Reservations? Seriously? LOL. You have me beat. :)

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  13. I always feel better paying for things like that when I know they are benefiting a charity or group. When its just for profit I would agree that yes, it is too much for a pony ride!

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    1. If it's a good charity it does make all of the difference.

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  14. I regret to admit that I have! LOL but they were for good causes and one was even unlimited rides. My mother in law usually pays for the pointless pony rides because that's what grandmas do. We also paid $5 to feed the giraffes :)

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  15. I guess it depends on how old the kids are. I wouldn't have done it for the 3 year old. At five on up I think they would always remember it. I guess it just depends.

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