Lagoon and Pioneer Village will open Saturday for weekends (Saturdays-Sundays), with seven-days-a-week operation beginning on Memorial Day weekend (May 22), continuing through Labor Day (Sept. 1), then weekends through Oct. 1 - weather permitting.

Lagoon-A-Beach is expected to open early in June.

A combination Lagoon ride pass and Lagoon-A-Beach admission will cost $19.95 for adults or $15.75 for children (compared to $14.95 and $10.75 for all-day ride passes and $10.50 and $8.50 for just Lagoon-A-Beach passes, if purchased separately.)The combination pass for both the rides and the water park aren't all that steep, when you compare them with admission prices for typical parks across the country, such as $19.95 for Knott's Berry Farm, $23.50 for Disneyland, $28 for Walt Disney World or Epcot Center (but not both); $20 for Six Flags' Magic Mountain; and $18.95 for King's Dominion near Richmond, Va.

Except for Walt Disney's World's new Typhoon Lagoon, the other resorts don't have water park facilities.

Other Lagoon admission prices: Senior citizens can purchase "Fun Day Passports" any day of the week for $7.25, which include admission to all rides, shows and the water park.

Monday is the deadline for purchasing discounted individual and family season ride passes (not available for Lagoon-A-Beach).

Individual season ride passes are normally $42.95, but they're currently available for $32.95. The preseason discount special for a family ride pass is even better - $121.80 for a family of four (compared to the regular season pass cost of $42.95 times four).

Ticketes for Lagoon-A-Beach also include admission to the park's shows, such as "Summer Rhythm" (formerly CountrySide) and this year's Music USA extravaganza, a salute to "The Silver Screen," but will not admit the ticket-holders to Lagoon's rides.