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Six Flags to auction AstroWorld fixtures

2006-01-03

By Robert Niles: Houston-area theme park fans will get a chance this weekend to hold on to at least a few parts of the AstroWorld amusement park before it is demolished. Equipment, signs and even some attraction parts from the recently closed Six Flags park will be auctioned off at the park, starting Friday, January 6.

The Houston Chronicle reported the details, including quotes from some of your competing bidders. Most of the choice equipment will go to other Six Flags parks. But if you've got your heart set on some old polyester AstroWorld uniforms, hey, Six Flags can hook you up.

Also, over at MiceAge, Kevin Yee opines that Disney's Magic Your Way ticket structure helped drive down Universal Orlando's attendance in 2005, as Disney World's ticket plan heavily discounts additional days, luring many Orlando visitors into staying with Disney for their entire vacation. It's an interesting argument, and I'm willing to buy it, though I don't think anyone would dispute that Universal's failure to match Disney's new rides and shows with anything stronger than the Fear Factor stunt show hurt Universal's attendance, too.

As for 2006, it's hard to envision Sylvester McMonkey McBean's Very Unusual Driving Machines beating out Expedition Everest, either.

(Here's our previous post on the Top 25 parks by attendance in 2005.)

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