Six Flags hits snag on debt deal; Last day for Tournament picks
In a conference call this morning
, Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro said that one of the company's largest debt holders isn't returning calls, so it isn't negotiating a deal to help the company restructure its debt and avoid a court-ordered restructuring (i.e. bankruptcy).
I'll be talking with Shapiro
later this Tuesday morning, so if you have questions for the Six Flags CEO, post 'em in the comments ASAP. [Okay, his people canceled/no-showed two days in a row, so no interview. Sorry.]
Also, today is the final day to enter the 'Best Ride in North America' tournament prediction contest. E-mail your prediction of which four rides will make the semi-finals, as well as your prediction for the winner, to contest[at]themeparkinsider.com. Entries are due by 8am PDT tomorrow, and the winner gets $100.
If we have a tie, we'll pick randomly from those who got the picks correct. If no one picks all five, I'll give the $100 to whoever has the most points on a one-point-for-semifinalist, three-points-for-the-winner scale. (Tie goes to random picks.)
I would ask him if there is a possibility that any parks would close down and if they do, what are they going to do with all the Season Pass Holders who bought their Season Passes between Fright Fest and now?
How can we pick the final four if we don't know how they are seeded? :)
Check your e-mail if you subscribe to the TPI e-mail newsletter. I just sent out the bracket to subscribers.
I am sure he has more pressing concerns, but I would love to have Mr. Shapiro read my
Can't wait for that interview.
Sorry about that Robert. I did get the email and browsed through it quickly before deleting it and jumping over to the site assuming all the same information would be available here. Just call me a little "too" excited! :P
It's a bit out of place to paint that picture James. I think that some of those parks are in fact doing their jobs. The problem is that you think they should be doing it differently. I'm sure that if any one of those companies had the money or corporate backing that Disney/Universal/Busch has (had anyway), they would build megadollar attractions with the detail and theme that you hold near to your heart... and then you wouldn't have to travel to Orlando because you were jonesing for some eye candy. You should write that letter of thanks to Anheuser Busch for offending Walt Disney at a meeting 40 years ago and losing Disney World for St Louis because they wanted AB brew served at the park.
Hah, that is a funny complaint about no GCI coaster in Ohio, the place with some of thew greatest coasters. Living in Utah, my only woodie is a 60' 1921 John A. Miller that is so old, it almost falls off the tracks (but that adds to the fun!)
Just to briefly defend myself: I did give props to Silver Dollar City ("...only SDC is holding up their end of the bargain"), and I support Worlds of Fun as much as I can (5 season passes, all Gold, for the family this year) as they are doing a fairly decent job of treading water for a smaller amusement park getting little love from "the mothership". SFSTL, on the other hand, is just awful - and there is no defense or excuse because it has the largest population from which to draw...all lost revenue after one, disappointing visit.
That was my comment by the way James. Not sure why my name isn't on it.
Figured it had to be....thought you and I worked out a deal for sending the Prowler + the Boomerang to Cedar Point for some looping coasters? What ever happened to that deal? I guess we neglected to inform Cedar Fair's President Kinzel.
You pretend you're Jake Rivers, and I'll pretend I'm the soon-to-be-famous Cedar Point Strangler.
Interesting...we'd be crossing over into SAW - The Ride territory then, wouldn't we?
I figured as much when I saw all of these posts with no names on them. I wasn't logged in for some reason when I posted.
Dang, I almost missed a Jake Rivers reference. Sadly, I can't beat the "Cedar Point Strangler" retort.
Robert, I just subscribed to it... can you send out the bracket again?
What happens to my shares in Six Flags?
Hey, don't forget to ask when they're going to make the official announcement for that new park if Florida!
Each share of Six Flags stock may be exchanged for one free one-day ticket to the new Six Flags Florida park.
This is a sweet day, indeed - St. Patrick's Day AND start of the tournament.
The number three bracket has some awfully interesting early pairings.
I guess my questions about SFSTL scared Shapiro off....I would be scared of me too! Hell hath no fury like a Theme Park Insider scorned!
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