Six Flags faces opposition to beer sales at Texas park
The folks at Six Flags Over Texas
have applied for a permit to sell beer at the park, and that's got plenty of neighbors upset
Beer sales are common at theme parks, but the original Six Flags park, like industry leader Disneyland, does not sell alcohol. (Disneyland, however, *does* have a liquor permit, for the private Club 33, located above Pirates of the Caribbean.) Six Flags posted notice earlier this month that it is seeking liquor permits from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and since then, hundreds of people have called the commission to oppose the request.
Despite the near ubiquity of alcohol sales in parks, opposition to beer and wine in the parks remains high, as we found in a vote of the week discussion last summer.
beer in parks is good as long as people can controll it. I wish there were a way for parks to controll how much they give a person. even at bush gardens where the limit is 2 people can simply drink two then get another two at a shift change.
Shocking, going back at Shift change. If you have a wife who doesn't like beer, you could just get her to get 2 and drink them for her, hee hee.
As a person who doesn't consume alcohol beverages at all, I'm truly torn about this issue. I guess my main concern is the safety of my 10 year old son if someone gets drunk and out of hand, as well as the safety of all patrons, not just in the parks, but being drunk and getting in a car to leave at the end of the day. I don't know how parks could control consumption. To me it's no different than attending a professional sports activity and all the beer available at those activities. We took our son to a professional football game and there were so many drunk people there. I guess it's each person's choice to drink or not, however, as a parent, I'm always thinking safety first, period. I don't know how staff would keep a handle on the amount each person is allowed to have????
Serve one beverage per meal at restaurants -- no carts -- and there shouldn't systemic problems with alcohol use in the parks. (You could allow refills of beer and wine at sit-down, table-service joints.) Of course, the park won't make much extra money that way.
I drink and I enjoy it.
Cedar Point has for years sold beer inside the park in various areas. The only restriction is that you can only buy one beer per matching ID at a time. Cedar Point police are continuoulsy walking around and monitor obnoxious behavior regardless if it is due to alcohol or not. To my knowledge any incident which has ever occurred must have been minor as it has never been published in any local papers. I don't see the big deal with selling beer in an amusement park--we are responsible for our own actions. At any amusement park, my child is at risk of hearing/witnessing foul-mouthed patrons, teens and/or adults slobbering all over in queue or foul slogans on t-shirts. I can't control any of that --I don't think having a beer pushes the limits.
I think that it would be a bad idea for SF to get beer. If its anything like SFGA, it would be more of a problem then a benefit. However, remember that EPCOT serves a TON of beer, wine, margaritias, etc. Of course, thats also very controlled. Still, I think they would be asking for trouble!
I saw the results of beer sales when SF owned Geauga Lake. The park was run-down, the patrons sullen and grouchy, the staff was worse, and the overall feel of the park was depressed, forlorn, vacuuous...
Disney does indeed serve up alcohol at it's resorts, but the indifferent attitude of Six Flags employees, lax security, and the customer demographic that Six Flags draws turns an an already unplesant experience into a "Fear Factor" when booze in thrown in the mix. This is just another example of Mark Shapiro's duplicity in lamely attempting to change the image of Six Flags as being family friendly and secure.
I think Six Flags (at least Magic Mountain) is the wrong place to be selling alcohol. My experience with it has been limited to resorts and dining during a Disney "Table Service" meal, or tastings.
Ah but Ryan, that is more or less how England is now. 24 hours drinking, drunks singing in the street. Kudos to Disney for being so spot on on Getting England right, but seriously, its rare, and generally during an event, that you see anyone drunk in parks.
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