Published: January 29, 2008 at 7:49 AM
Parks are pricing themseleves out of operation...especially regional hardtop amusement parks such as Six Flags. And, in order to support a major park, people have got to be able to afford driving to it...and, even though gasoline is now lower in cost than a couple of months ago, this does not mean it will not flux higher again in the next couple of months.
This loss of finances is going to be hitting even the major players such as Disney in the future...especially when it comes to families meeting the transportation cost of getting to that park, let alone the cost of parking, lodging, getting in, food,souvenirs, et al.
That being said, Six Flags has it's chain anchor there in Dallas area...and, one Six Flags per state may be enough to the corporate line of thinking for financial operation gain. The distance between San Antonio and Dallas isn't that great...I've literally done Fiesta one evening and by the next afternoon (after driving from San Antonio that given morning) enjoyed the afternoon and night at SFT)...whichreally isn't easily said for a state such as California where Six Flags also operates two properties - MM and that which used to be known as Marine World in the Bay Area...I can easily see the theme park/animal park in Vallejo being closed by Flags in the near future in order to meet operational costs...
Even now, Six Flags has decimated and closed the back half of Magic Mountain...not that the loss there is great, Psyclone was already removed...Deja Vu had low capacity, and, the remainder was a craft shop village...If they (Six Flags) were to close the Vallejo operation, then, I could easily see the relocation of the major coasters from there to Valencia in SoCal...and, hopefully, if that speculation were to happen, they would bring ROAR south rather than leveling it.
In the sense of Fiesta, there aren't many coasters that could readily travel as easily, sad to say...and, as the Park already has the infrastructure built, it would be sad to see no other company come in and take operation of it and re-develop the property into something different than that which Six Flags had operated in order to give a different theme park experience in Texas for families to have a reason to travel to and enjoy.