Since there seems to not be an official Winterfest thread I figured we might as well use this one as it!
So the topic of why the particular rides are not operating (basically the coasters) has come up a lot lately. While we are have talked about various reasons from being too cold to who the park wants to cater to, what we haven't talked about is pricing point.
For instance, Six Flags over Georgia seems to have a lot of their coasters operating. Now, that can be looked upon as a good thing but their online price for a daily ticket comes in at $54.99. Dollywood seems to also have their coasters running until they can't and their one day ticket clocks in at $69.95. Now Carowinds, with limited coasters operating, is offering their any day ticket at $36.00.
So with that tidbit of info, it seems the park has priced itself to have minimal overhead (cost of running the rides plus wages of the operators) while still being able to charge a lower gate admission than the other parks in the area.