Six Flags announces 'new' guest conduct policy
Six Flags today announced a new chain-wide code of conduct for its park visitors.
Here's the press release
It's nothing radically different than anything other theme park companies, or even some Six Flags parks have done in the past. In short:No line-jumping or place holding
No "unruly, disruptive or offensive behavior"
Gotta wear shirts and "appropriate" shoes.
No clothes with "rude, vulgar or offensive language or graphics."
Swimsuits in the water park only
They'll toss you for any of the above, or for profanity or abusive language or gestures.
The signal by releasing the policy though should make clear that current Six Flags management really, really, really doesn't want its parks to be the daytime summer home for crowds of A&F-wearing, line-jumping, trash-talking teen-agers anymore.
Fantastic!!! I think thet they will have a hard time enforcing the profanity rule. Marine World is fine, but Magic Mountain was horribly infested with teens swearing and line-jumping and waling around without any clothes on. I imagine Marine World attracts families more than teens with its animal shows. I congratulate Six Flags!
Good thing. Nothing ruins a theme park visit like annoying guests. I like the old Disney rules: collared shirt required.
This sounds wonderful in principle but only if they enforce the rules. Most of the Six Flags parks already have similar rules posted however they do nothing to enforce them. SF needs to make their parks more family friendly. They should understand that families are the ones that spend more money on the merchandise that will increase their revenue. So this announcement sound great; let's just see if they back it up.
well I have stated many times before that 6 flags is an inexpensive babysitter. I hope that 6 flags enforces it, but I highly doubt it. I also wonder, is 6 flags going to be open other than when the kids are out of school and keep later hours? I doubt that too. I also predict that 6 flags season passes will drop off ALOT. Now if they can get rid of the basketballs. The vulgar T-shirts has been in place for about 15 years and it isn't enforced, also the same with line-jumping and place-holding. I still say that 6 flags should be 6 flags and not try to be disney or universal.
Well, everybody here has stated it pretty well. Enforcment. What good are rules if you don't have to follow them? If people aren't kicked out for their behavior problems, then why even have rules?
A&F wearing? I thought that Hollister was all the rage now....
Just so I can keep wearing my silly hats to the park or for that matter any park, that's all I care. :) Seriously though, I was at MM in August and I think those same rules were already in effect. Dunno about enforcement though; there was a good bit of my favorite pet peeve--line jumping--going on like always for example. (As an aside, "place-holding" is kind of a moot point: the person who cuts through the line to get back to "their spot" is the one committing the infraction, not the "place-holder" who was (presumably?) doing nothing more than waiting in line the whole time like everybody else.)
I think the whole obscene gestures are like flipping off the camera while on a ride. Also, I have trouble with how they are planning on enforcing the "no swearing" issue. Will they put soap in the peoples mouths?
Good stuff. Hope Disney, Universal etc adopt the no place holding as it really gets me wound up.
Wait. What's wrong with place holding?
I think it is easier to announce a rule change than to enforce the rules already in place.
Line jumping is letting anyone in front of someone else in line. If you want water, get the water before you get in line!! If someone is near death due to lack of water, then I doubt they will reding any rides anyway.
I dont know. While all these rules are really a good thing, just pondering why you need to tell people things that should be common sense. Are we all really that stupid that now we have to be told what to do?
SF is not really a place I would go....I am not the biggest roller coaster fan. BUT...I have 5 kids and half of them are teens now and I bet I don't get away with not going to a SF or similar type park in the long run...lol!
See, I agree.
Unless Six Flags plans and pays for a large increase of it's security and policing forces, this is nothing more than PR spin for Wall Street. Since the hostile takeover, Snyder has shown zero competence in running the parks - dropping Mr. Six in favor of cockroach eating promotions is proof positive.
I am surprised to see people justifying "holding" a place in line. The fact of the matter is, it is illegal and against almost all park rules. If it is a hot day, bring water with you in the line. Pee BEFORE you get in line. And wait until all members of your party are there before you get in line. They make these rules for a good reason. People abuse "holding" a place in line all the time, and the only fair wait to insure that this does not happen is to ban it completely. And that means YOU. I am always amazed at people who think THEY are the exception or are too good to follow the rules. Think of what would happen if every one in line was saving a place for a family member. Suddenly instead of 50 people in head of you, there is a hundred and you have to wait twice as long as you thought to board the ride. That is why it has to be banned completely for any reason. Cedar Point clearly states on their map that cutting the line for ANY reason can lead to dismissal from the park. I know when I am in line, no one gets in front of me. Rules have to be enforced or they are no good. This also applies to the conduct policy announced by Six Flags. I applaud the policy, but it has to be strictly enforced.
I think the real problem is justifying leaving and then cutting to get back to where you were. There's no justification: if you leave, the only place you belong upon getting back in line is the end--period. If I'm waiting with somebody, they ditch to go do something and then cut in line to get back next to me and claim I was "holding their spot", I shouldn't be faulted for that any more than I should be faulted if somebody I don't know cuts in line next to me. I was just waiting for my turn like everybody else. Just to clarify, I won't actively hold a place for any reason (and will make that clear ahead of time), but I can't and won't be responsible for the people I'm with if they line-jump (unless I'm supposed to be supervising them of course). And no I'm not gonna tattle-tell on them, although I doubt I'll defend them if they do get in trouble for it.
Maybe they will actually inforce these rules. Let's hope. Because if they don't they will never see the family audience again.
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