Published: November 18, 2006 at 6:19 AM
As bad as Six Flags is right now, you can't really blame Shapiro for the state it's in. Six Flags began paving the road to ruin almost 10 years ago, when previous management decided to invest in coasters and only coasters, overextend themselves by buying up parks they couldn't make better, and making budget cuts in places they shouldn't have. They tried to become the McDonalds of amusement parks, and it came back to bite them.....hard.
The guy's only been there a year, and he has a real mess to clean up, so I'm going to reserve my judgements of him for a while. I will say that a lot of the things he said would happen this year didn't really happen, and that I think it's a big mistake selling a particular park in California, but other than that, I'll just sit back and see what happens next year.
I'm glad to see that Hard Rock will be bringing in some big name manufacturers for their rides. Interestingly enough, most of these makers are known primarily for coasters. The only ones who aren't are Huss with the spin rides and Sally Corp, who makes dark rides. In addition to the B&M ride, I would expect some kind of smaller coaster. Another interesting note is that Chance Morgan and Vekoma appear to be "teaming up" on some attractions. I'm excited to see more park renderings.