Is Six Flags Fiesta Texas the next park to close?
The San Antonio Business Journal speculates
that Six Flags Fiesta Texas
might be on the chopping block, as the paper reports that the Six Flags might look to sell three more parks this year.
The amusement park chain sold several parks last year, and earlier this month announced in an SEC filing that it would cut $60 million in spending this year.
But the San Antonio paper reports that those cuts might not be all, the chain might turn to park sales, either to other park operators or to real estate developers, to raise cash while cutting operating expenses.
Personally, I'd be happy to see Six Flags take a strategy of sacrificing several parks in order to upgrade its top 5-7 parks to where they could compete for the family vacation market with Disney, Universal and Busch.
This would be really sad, since Fiesta Texas is by far THE BEST park in the chain that I've been to, and I've been to just about every one of the them. It has some of the best themed lands, best shows, and an absolutely perfect setting inside an abandoned quarry. I would rather see Six Flags America, 20 miles from my house and one I visit at least 2-3 times a year, close than this park that I've only been to once.
The funny thing is, the last time SF made any real (as in not some financial tomfoolery [yes, I just wrote " tomfoolery"]) was when there were only 7 parks. SFOtexas (an good 'ole money maker), Georgia (back in the day, they banked some real cash), SF Magic (big money), St. Louis ( not so great, but covered its nut), Great Adventure (at one time the highest attended seasonal park in the US), Astroworld (yeah, maybe not so good) , Great America-Chicago ( Jim Wintrode, the former GM, made sure they made money-EVERY year)....
It seems crazy to me that they would consider selling Fiesta Texas. That particular park is what I would term the working model for the rest of the chain to become. It isn't in the biggest market in the world, and perhaps that's why it's a nice place. I just don't understand why they think the ship with a million holes can be righted in a couple years. They have made some positive steps, but there is still lots to do. Closing more and selling will hurt the company value even more, and further reduce attendance and earning potential. Instant gratification for owners and investors just isn't going to happen. Ease up on the price hikes at the parking lot, at the gate, and inside the park to keep attendance, invest in some family attractions, and ride it out.
Well I think it would be great if Busch was to buy Fiesta Texas. It would be a perfect match for its Sea World Texas and Busch could run the park well.
I agree with Russell... Six Flags Fiesta Texas is among the best of the entire group. It's a nice park, with great coasters, a good location (near town) and a very cool setting (the abandoned quarry). Elitch Gardens, Vallejo, SF America, St Louis, Great Escape, maybe even New England and (by far the worst) Kentucky Kingdom should be closed first...
This is a GREAT park because Six Flags didn't build it, Opry did. I would suspect that it would do better without Six Flags, just like sKnotts would do better without Cedar "I can't run a theme park" Fair.
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.
I wish SF wou;d sell my local, SF park, Six Flags Grerat America to someone like the company that runs Dollywood/Silver Dollar City. My park is still a very good SF park but it gets hurt being stuck with the medicore parks that are part of the company.
Wow. Six Flags might actually sell Fiesta Texas. Oh well, I guess it would happen sometime. If it joined Silver Dollar City/Celebration City it could be cool, but I think Busch could buy it and try a Busch Gardens Central America or South America or something like that.
Six Flags, closing another park? Or maybe a few? Well figured it would happen sooner or later ...A lot of what made them good to great parks in the beginning is now gone. How many ways and in how many parks can you install the same attractions and rides? Or recycle the names? Before your guest base sees it as the same ol same ol....
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